Dr. William A. (Bill) Hoffman died July 23, 2010, from pancreatic cancer.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Oct. 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Sidney and Teresa Hoffman. He attended New York University, graduating in 1949. He graduated in 1953 from SUNY, Downstate Medical School and interned at Boston City Hospital, Harvard Division, from 1953-54. He served as a physician in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Montgomery, Ala. He completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut and was a Gastrointestinal Fellow from 1958-59.

Hoffman opened his gastroenterology practice in Fairfield in 1959. The practice evolved to a large internal medicine practice that included cardiology. He was a member of the FACP and the FACG, served on the staff of both Park City and St. Vincent's hospitals in Bridgeport, and was the president of the medical staff as well as the chief of medicine for Park City. He retired in 1996.

Hoffman was interested in sailing, gardening, reading, theater, swimming, and both opera and classical music. An intellectual with a dry sense of humor, he also was an avid Giants fan. He was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron with a navigator rating, a longtime member of Congregation Beth El in Fairfield and, most recently, a member of Temple Shalom in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Hoffman and his wife, Joan, had lived in Westport 34 years and recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. They also had divided their time between Punta Gorda, Fla., and Lenox, Mass.

Hoffman, in addition to his wife, is survived by four children, David (Jane) of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; Laurie (Larry) of Rockville, Md.; Rick of Chaing Mai, Thailand, and Andy (Anick) of New York City, N.Y. Grandchildren are Sarah, Rachel, Adam (AJ), Aaron and Elliot, and a sister, Carol (Carl) of Hauppauge, N.Y.

A celebration of Hoffman's life is planned for late August at the Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport. Donations can be made to the Berkshire Medical Center, 2010 Annual Fund, da Vinci Surgical System, 725 North St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. To send condolences to the family, visit: www.devanny-condron.com