In Memory of Mick Hoffman
Cowards die many times before their deaths;William Shakespeare
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
Julius Caesar (Act II, Scene II, Line 34)
Today, we said goodbye to another member of our community.
Michael Duncan Hoffman (Mick) passed away on October 13, 2022, after a brief illness.
Friends gathered at Cafe Olé, one of Mick’s favorite haunts, to say goodbye and to share stories. He was remembered by many members of this community who had enjoyed his company and his fine wit over the past years, since making his home in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico.
Honoring Mick’s wishes, Pete and Juanita offered a poignant rendition of the Beatles’ classic, “A Little Help From My Friends” and made us all think about how we can all better help and support each other as friends and as a community.
There were a few tears and a lot of laughs and I’m sure Mick would have wanted it that way.
His dear friends Reg, Roy and Gaylita let the group from the marina to the water’s edge. Here Mick’s ashes were released into the warm Caribbean waters that he so loved, the perfect final resting place.
Mick will be remembered for his impeccable manners. He appreciated the finer things in life…a nice glass of wine…a beautiful woman. He will certainly be remembered for his sense of style, his perfectly pressed trousers and sport coats, his pocket squares and tuxedos.
Some will remember his voracious love of reading, a pastime he had picked up just in the past few years. He could spend hours in the Puerto Aventuras Library poking through the stacks or sitting under the palapa at Latitude 20 with a book and a glass of wine.
Mick was also a tutor and generously shared his knowledge with young people. Others will recall his love for trivia and his exacting scrutiny of the veracity of each answer. He loved karaoke and live music and helped support all of our local entertainers.
As Gaylita so eloquently lamented, Puerto Aventuras has lost another of its great “characters”. The village will be a little less colorful without our friend Mick.
Rest in Peace.