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Born: Sep 09, 1939

Date of Passing: Aug 02, 2021

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It is with great sadness that the family of John Randall Hofley announces his passing on August 2, 2021 at Pembina Place Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. After a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease and other health issues, John is at rest. He no longer has to fight his body to move, think and stay alive. His being at peace makes us able to continue in our life journey with memories of good family times and a life well lived.
He was born in Winnipeg on September 9, 1939, grew up in East Kildonan and attended Miles Macdonell Collegiate from 1954 to 1957. He graduated with a B.A. from United College in 1961 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1966.
John is predeceased by his parents, Fred Hofley and Olive Cann; his brother and sister-in-law, Deane and Dorothy Hofley and his sister Marion.
He is survived by Dolores, his wife of 58 years and his three sons and their families, Randall and Kathy, grandsons, Zachary and Simon of Ottawa; Todd and grandson Joshua of Toronto; Richard and granddaughter Breanna of Winnipeg.
John loved his work as a sociology professor and held various leadership positions at the University of Winnipeg for over 30 years. He was the Dean from 1992 to 1997 and retired in 2001.
Many colleagues were both his academic friends and his sports companions. He loved to golf, watch basketball and play squash.
John and Dolores' lives were enriched by travelling the world. They lived in North Carolina, India, Australia, Halifax and Ottawa. They travelled to many more places across the globe including Morocco, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Fiji, New Zealand, Tasmania, Dallas, Florida, Mexico and many more until 2011, when his physical ailments became too burdensome.
His family was very important to him and he enjoyed visiting with them as often as possible. His grandchildren were a source of interest and joy. Todd, Randall and Richard's visits with him at Pembina Place were especially meaningful, because he couldn't get to them.
Special thanks must go to those who visited him regularly, especially his sisters-in-law, Donna and JoAnne Minkus. The staff at Pembina Place worked very hard to make John's life as comfortable and interesting as possible. Their efforts during the Covid pandemic were exemplary and they are owed a great deal of thanks.
A family service was held at St. Gianna's Catholic Church on August 6, 2021 with interment at a later date in Neepawa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Down's Syndrome and any mental health agency of your choice.
May you rest in peace John, overlooking the golf course and surrounded by blue skies and many flowers in the summertime. You have more than earned your rest. You will live on in our memories and our hearts. God Bless.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 07, 2021

Condolences & Memories (25 entries)

  • I grew up on the same street as the Hofleys. Later, he was my professor for a few courses, and made me realize that I am a sociologist at heart. He is the reason I majored in it. I always remember him walking past our house everyday with his briefcase in hand, going to the bus stop. I admired him for that, as he was the only person I saw doing that growing up. He was a good man with strong family values, and was the first male feminist I met! Hugs to his family. - Posted by: Kristin Szwarc (Dyregrov) (neighbor) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • John Hofley was a good man. He had many roles at the University and excelled in all of them; as an academic, researcher, administrator and mentor. His contribution to the University was immense. I am glad to have counted him as a friend and colleague. Robin Woods - Posted by: Robin Woods (Colleague) on: Aug 16, 2021

  • John was one of my first teachers when I attended the University of Winnipeg as a mature student. In the 1970's, he started me on an intellectual journey that led to my becoming an academic and a university professor. My first publication was in one of his books and I can honestly say that, without John, I would never have ended my working life as a university teacher. John inspired me and I am saddened by his death. However I know his philosophy and values will live on in the many students he inspired. - Posted by: GAIL D KELLOUGH (student and friend) on: Aug 16, 2021

  • Our sincerest condolences to the Hofley family. We will remember John during his healthy days - his great warmth, kindness and wisdom. After suffering for a long time, may he and his family now find peace. Elisabeth and Stuart Ottawa, Ontario - Posted by: Elisabeth Eid and Stuart Holm (Friends of the family) on: Aug 11, 2021

  • Delores and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences regarding John’s passing. I will be forever grateful to him because he hired me to teach part-time for the Sociology Department, the beginning of my own career at the U of W. Throughout the years he encouraged me and supported me in my various roles. He was a kind man who had the best interests of the university and its community at heart. I have many good memories acquired through working him as I know you have as a family. I wish you all the best as your family moves forward. Take care. - Posted by: Annabelle mays (Friend and colleague) on: Aug 11, 2021

  • Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to John’s family, specially Dolores. John was a great friend and colleague. He was kind, soft hearted and caring. We have great lasting memories of John and will miss him dearly. He will always be in our memories as long as we live. - Posted by: Sohrab and Fay Abizadeh (Colleague and friends) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • We are saddened to learn of John’s passing. He was among the first to welcome me when I joined The University of Winnipeg. He became a mentor and a friend and our working relationship and friendship continued following his retirement. John is missed by all with whom he interacted. Leona and I offer our sincere condolences to Dolores and family. Leona and David Fitzpatrick - Posted by: David Fitzpatrick (Friend and colleague ) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • I first met John in the 1980s after I was hired as part of the staffing renewal of the then French Department. His keen interest in encouraging and mentoring young faculty was immediately evident as Dean of Arts. He took me under his wing since I had had no previous significant experience in committee or university administration, and helped me learn to navigate the complexities, and at times, inanities, of university hierarchy and administration. His attentiveness, sincerity, sense of humour, and above all, common sense and availability, were his trademark qualities. When I became Department Chair, my annual staffing exercises with John were met with understanding, never-flinching support as well as reasoned discussions and decisions. A gentleman and a scholar, he was a great support to me – and others – as my career developed and thrived. John’s exemplary model of collegiality and humanity inspired so many of us. I send my deepest condolences to John’s family. - Posted by: Kenneth Meadwell (Colleague) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • John was a great friend and colleague. I will miss him dearly. Best wishes to the family. - Posted by: Tony Kuz (Colleague) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • We first met in the late sixties when John and Delores took on the unimaginable task of supervising undergraduate students living in residence at Carleton University. They were fantastic. Much to my surprise when a few years later when I arrived at the University of University, I found John had returned to his much loved Winnipeg. He continued to be very supportive as he was at Carleton and generously guided younger faculty and students into many rewarding careers. For this, I will always be appreciative. - Posted by: David Walker (Colleague ) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • John was a friend and colleague. I often sought his advice and we cooperated on many projects. I was not able to visit John over the last years but I thought of him often. John was a intelligent, kind and loving person. John enriched my life and I miss him. - Posted by: Nolan Reilly (Friend and colleague ) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • John was a friend and colleague. I often sought his advice and we cooperated on many projects. I was not able to visit John over the last years but I thought of him often. John was a intelligent, kind and loving person. John enriched my life and I miss him. - Posted by: Nolan Reilly (Friend and colleague ) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • It is with great sadness that I learned of the John’s passing. John was an exemplary administrator and the reason that I came to the University of Winnipeg. In my Dean’s meeting when being interviewed for a job his warmth, intellect and integrity shone through and I knew UW was the place for me! As a Dean he provided great leadership and as a colleague great mentorship. Even in retirement John came back to UW to act as Chair to calm troubled departments, his service to our institution never stopped! John was just a great person, the world is less with his passing. I know he is somewhere up there, cheering on his beloved Tar Heels. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Michael Weinrath (Former colleague) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • I first met John when I was a young professor and he was my Dean at the University of Winnipeg. I have good memories of John. Great guy! My sincere condolences to family and friends. - Posted by: Mark Ruml (Colleague ) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. He worked with us at the University College of The North in The Pas. I came to love and admire him for his goodness and his encouragement as we worked towards accreditation. He became a friend. I know he will be walking with those tall giant trees and looking up in wonderment at their beauty. He will walk softly just as he did in this lifetime. Sending you, his dear family, my deepest sympathy. Missing him. Doris Young - Posted by: Doris Young (Friend and colleague ) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • John, you were a marvel... a friendly face and a source of wisdom in a sea of unknowns when I first came to UW as a new Sociology professor. I always appreciated the way you approached solving problems - listen, ask questions, think seriously about options, then agree on the best one. When your brother died, a number of faculty went to the funeral - standing room only - and I remember you then as a person of faith and courage. You were also a rock of common sense. When I retired in 2015, there was a retirement party held at the Faculty Club. I was so touched that you came, despite your health and mobility issues, that I am afraid, I was moved to tears and I spent as much time as possible talking with you. It was a generous thing of you to do. Rest in peace John. You did your life well. Sandi - Posted by: Sandra Kirby (colleague) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • Our thoughts are with you and your family. - Posted by: Margaret and Peter Munn (family friends) on: Aug 08, 2021

  • Dear Mrs. Hofley, Randall and the entire Hofley/Minkus family. I am so sorry to see that Mr. Hofley has passed. My heart breaks for you but I too know he is at peace and without the complications that made life so difficult. Mr. Hofley was one of the kindest, gentle and sincere persons I ever met. He always welcomed us troublesome high school students into your home and was sincerely interested in how/what we were doing. My first year at the U of W was less stressful knowing he was my professor and I never felt hesitant to talk with him if I was having any concerns. Mr. Hofley had a beautiful smile and heart and I will never forget him. Let the great memories help with the sadness; I know there are many. God Bless you all and please know you are all in my heart and prayers. - Posted by: Sheree Leone Hanysh (Friend ) on: Aug 08, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies to Todd and all of Mr. Hofley's family and friends. I spent many happy days in my youth playing street hockey and basketball with Todd as kids and Mr. Hofley was always a kind and generous man to both me and my brother Steve. Rest in peace! - Posted by: Mark Mazur (Family Friend) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • We would like to pass our condolences on to the Hofley family. Professor Hofley had a major influence on our family in fact if it was not for him we would not be a family. I met my now wife Helen in Professor Hofley's first year Sociology class at the University of Winnipeg in October 1971. It was the only class we ever had together in all the years we went to the U of W. It was the class we met in and fell in love in. We were married in 1973 and have two children. Our daughter Hana also attended Professor Hofley's classes and mentioned our story to him. He did remember Helen and was pleased that a second generation was now under his wing. When he retired he offered some of his books to Hana. She went on to get her B.A. and B.Ed. at the U of W and has been a grade five teacher for over 15 years now. We all just want to say thank you for being such a great teacher and and unknowingly creating our family. We hope these words are some comfort to the family. He will be missed. Shawn, Helen and Hana - Posted by: Shawn Axelrod (Former student) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • I have known John since I was a boy, and met him and his family many times over the years. Judy and I extend our sympathy to all who loved him - as his spouse, his children and their families, and to his nieces and nephews and colleagues. John was an outstanding person, as many will testify. Rick and Judy Lovelace - Posted by: Rick & Judy Lovelace (lifelong acquaintance and distantly related through marriage) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • I am deeply saddened to learn of John's passing. I met John while negotiating the first collective agreement for the newly established University College of the North. He was a person of great integrity. His knowledge of academia, and University operations was of invaluable assistance to the parties. I regret that we never got in the golf game we had talked about. Rest in Peace, my friend. - Posted by: Jock Rodgers (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • We have many fond memories from our 20 plus years on Red Robin Place as our families shared many activities together. Our condolences to you and yours. Gary and Sandra - Posted by: Gary and Sandra Jones (Neighbors) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Our sincere sympathy to all the family. Mr. Hofley was my school teacher many years back. He was a favourite of all our class. Sorry to hear this sad news. - Posted by: Lynda Jonasson (Student) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies on your loss Dolores and family. - Posted by: Carolyn Lumsden (Worked with Dolores) on: Aug 07, 2021

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