Bruce Hoff

Bruce Hoff PicBruce Hoff, 53, a long-time resident of Moscow, Idaho died on May 30 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. after suffering from a stroke two days prior.  At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by many of his loving family members.

Bruce was born December 6, 1963 in Pullman, Wash. to Ray and Kay Hoff.  He was raised in Moscow, Idaho and graduated from Moscow High School in 1982.  He also attended the University of Idaho where he studied physics and engineering.  Bruce worked for many years as a bicycle mechanic in several local area shops, but most recently at B & L Bicycles in Pullman.  He wanted everyone on a bike, and loved helping people find just the right one.  The more bikes he could get you to try, the bigger the smile on his face.

A person with many interests and a love for life, you could often find Bruce biking on a trail, rock climbing including Chimney Rock in North Idaho, skiing down the hill at Schweitzer, spending time at the family place in Sandpoint, or in almost any type of boat on the water (as long as it had a paddle and not a motor).  He also enjoyed woodworking and used hand tools to build many things including a sailboat.  Bruce was an avid reader, and because he could remember almost everything he read, you knew there would always be interesting and often lively conversation.  He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved playing board games, and was a delight to his family and friends.  But most of all, Bruce really cared about others.  He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.  He will be dearly missed by all who had the opportunity to have crossed his path.

Bruce is survived by his long-time partner, Holli Cooper of Moscow, Idaho; father and stepmother, Ray and Bettie Hoff of Moscow, Idaho; brother Doral (Jodi) Hoff of Lewiston, Idaho; stepsister Marcia (Jeff) Gossard of Pullman, Wash.; and stepsister, Shelley Hill of Napa, Calif.  He is also survived by his niece and nephews Magda and Brysen Hoff of Lewiston, Idaho, and Julian Gossard of Pullman, Wash., and his stepdaughters Shannon Poirier of Sequim, Wash., Marie, Renee and Allie Sita of Moscow, Idaho, as well as two grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Kay, in 1978.

Bruce was well known in the local bicycling community and volunteered many hours over the years with the Latah Trail Foundation, including serving on their board.  A meaningful donation to honor Bruce can be made in his name to the Latah Trail Foundation www.latahtrailfoundation.org.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com

7 Responses to Bruce Hoff

  1. Annette Barton says:

    Sending our condolences to Bruce’s family and many, many friends. First met Bruce at the bike shop in Moscow – still have the 2 Trek bikes he sold us and we were still taking them to him for service at B & L. Will miss you very much, Bruce. Will miss trading tales of trails while you were working on our bikes, miss your quick wit and big smile. The world has lost a good man.

  2. Terry Uravich says:

    So sorry to hear that Bruce had passed away. He will be missed by all who knew him. I was fortunate to have worked with him for many years, and mountain biked and skied with him, always enjoying his company.

  3. Suzie Bennett Wilson says:

    My deepest condolences to the Hoff family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  4. Patrick Kearney says:

    I attended grade school through High School with Bruce and considered him a good friend. Truly saddened to hear of his passing at such a young age. Condolences to his family.

  5. Brenda McGuire says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. I count myself very fortunate to have known him, and I’m so thankful he was part of my life. He was super kind and funny and true. As much as Bruce loved the tasty snacks from the Co-op, he was always happy to share them. I will always remember him and his smile and his laugh and his wit. I loved that guy. Our lives are all better for having known him. RIP my dear friend……
    My heart goes out to his family (that includes you, Holli, and the girls). Wishing you peace and love….. Brenda.

  6. Mark Johnson says:

    The Johnson family was very saddened by news of Bruce’s very premature passing. I have terrific memories of our childhood with the Hoff family, and a lot of time spent with Bruce given I was a frequent visitor. After leaving Moscow I didn’t stay in touch with Bruce, but a close mutual friend, Roger Ames did, and I understand from Roger Bruce’s passion for cycling and his deep involvement in the bike community in the Moscow-Pullman area. I am certain Bruce’s presence in the community will live on, as he will live on in the hearts of those he shared his life with. We look forward to connecting with the Hoff family on July 30th, and celebrating Bruce’s life.

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