Funeral Services Set for Ted Hoffman Jr.

by Bob Johnson 0

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman Jr., who served the PBA in a number of capacities for more than 50 years, died Monday following a lengthy illness. He was 76.

Services are set for Monday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., in San Ramon, Calif.

The son of a bowling proprietor, Hoffman was a star bowler in suburban Philadelphia in his teens. In 1964 he was selected as Pennsylvania Bowler of the Year by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association, and was a winner of the famed Newsday Long Island Open Tournament. It was then that he decided to test the waters of the PBA National Tour, where he qualified for the match play finals in his first national PBA tournament.

During a competition career that included more than 100 PBA Tour events (including four second-place finishes and two Regional titles), Hoffman managed a group of players sponsored by Smallcomb Enterprises, and his organizational and leadership skills led to his election to the PBA Executive Board and Investment Advisory Committee. He also served a brief tenure as the PBA’s Assistant Tournament Director.

In 1968, Hoffman organized the PBA Western Region and served as the region’s director until 2000. In 1984, he and the late Hall of Famer, Earl Anthony, purchased the bowling center in Dublin that bears Anthony’s name. Over the ensuing years, Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl has hosted numerous national and regional tournaments, including the Earl Anthony Memorial PBA Regional tournament which Hoffman ran as a tribute to his late partner beginning in 2002.

In 1972, Hoffman received the Western Region’s first Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the PBA Regional program. His active involvement with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, at both the local and national levels, included a term as President of the Northern California Bowling Proprietors.

Hoffman was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame for meritorious service in 1985, one of eight halls of fame to honor him. He was named recipient of BPAA’s 2010 Victor Lerner Memorial Medal, BPAA's highest honor, and honored for his years of industry activity by Kegel with its 2003 John Davis Award.

As a bowling center owner, Hoffman understood the value of getting involved in the community. He supported a number of worthy Tri-Valley causes through his membership in the Dublin Rotary Club for more than 25 years.

“Ted Hoffman was a great man who supported the Dublin community over and over again,” Dublin Mayor, David Haubert, told the Dublin Patch. “Whether he was donating free games of bowling to students or supporting the Dublin Rotary, we could always count on Ted. He will be missed.”

Added Dublin Schools Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Hanke: “Ted Hoffman was a great community partner to Dublin schools for many years. His work with Dublin Partners in Education and his tireless support of students will not be forgotten. We are incredibly lucky to have had Ted as a friend and advocate for our schools.”

Hoffman is survived by his wife, Marilyn.




Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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