Daytona Beach Shores, FL, and Greenville
- John 'Jack' Frederick Hofbauer, Jr., 77, husband of Jane Ellen (nee Dunn) Hofbauer, passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Born in Camden, NJ, on October 20, 1939, he was the son of the late John Frederick, Sr. and Margaret Ann (nee Angus) Hofbauer.
He was a graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Gloucester, NJ, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Miami, FL.
In 1955, at the young age of 15, Jack enjoyed his first trip to Maine to hunt with friends, experienced his first seaplane ride during this trip, and this event began his love of flying floats, inspiring him to obtain his pilot's license. After serving in the US Army's 272nd Signal Corps in Alaska, he moved his young family to Greenville, Maine, and continued his dream of being a bush pilot by flying with Folsom's Air Service. He expanded his career in aviation into the airline industry flying for Northeast Airlines as flight engineer progressing to first officer with Delta Airlines. It did not take long before Jack was sitting left seat as a 727 Captain. His passion for flying floats prompted him to start Jack's Air Service, Inc. as a seasonal business. After 31 wonderful years with the airlines, Jack continued enjoying bush flying long past his retirement from the airlines. In 2016, Jack was thrilled to be celebrating his 45th year operating Jack's Air Service, Inc. The family is honored to continue operating Jack's Air Service, Inc. to carry on his legacy.
Jack was proud to serve on the Greenville Airport Advisory Committee as well as the Greenville International Seaplane Fly-In Committee, of which he was instrumental in coordinating the Formation Fly-By activities. He was also a proud supporter of various local organizations including the Moosehead Marine Museum, Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion Post 94.
Loving husband, Dad, Pop-Pop, U.S. Veteran, pilot, civil servant, world-traveler; throughout his life Jack was a unique adventurer, whether land, air or water. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, antique car aficionado, and enthusiast of both world and military history, as well as all things aviation.
His passion, resiliency, and driven personality enabled him to fulfill his many goals and lifelong dreams. A truly extraordinary individual, Jack lived life to the fullest.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jane Ellen (Dunn) Hofbauer, his three daughters, Tara-Lee Jane Hofbauer-Guptill and husband Ron, Christy Lynn Hofbauer-Meyers and husband, Bill, and Heather Lisa Hofbauer-Brown, and husband Josh; grandchildren Samantha, Zoe and Logan Guptill, William, Anthony, Tristan, Marek and Ian Meyers, and Ethan, Reese and Alden Brown; brother James John Hofbauer and wife, Eleanor, sister Donna Mary Hofbauer, and families.
A Post Everlasting Service will be held in Jack's honor by the American Legion Post 94 in Greenville, Maine, for Family and Legion Members. A Catholic Memorial Mass will be held by Holy Family Catholic Church, Greenville, Maine, this September (date TBA).
Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of John Frederick Hofbauer, Jr.
Contributions may be made in his name to the Greenville American Legion Post 94, P.O. Box 1222, Greenville, ME 04441 - or - to the Moosehead Historical Society / Moosehead Lake Aviation Museum, 444 Pritham Avenue, Greenville, ME 04441. Please write in memo: Jack Hofbauer.
Published on  June 17, 2017