Robert C. Hoffnagle, 94, Lower Township, entered into eternal rest Wednesday evening September 27 at Atlantic City Medical Center.
Born October 29, 1928 in the family home in West Wildwood he was the son of the late Leroy and Esther Virginia (Leahy) Hoffnagle.
He was a 1947 graduate of Wildwood High School and proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War era and was stationed at the Occupational Force in Germany.
Robert a very patriotic and generous person. He was an instrumental part of creating the first Boy Scout Troops in the Cape May County Area. He started the Sea Scouts on Sunset Lake on a sailboat which eventually made way for the Boy Scouts and he became their leader.
He was a volunteer fireman for the Pine Ave Fire Department. He also delivered ice cream on the beaches of Wildwood as the Fudgy Wudgy Man.
Bob was part of one of two clown families in New Jersey who did performances in the area from 1970-1980. The Hoffnagle Clown Family performed at various events in the Cape May area. They eventually became the Hoffnagle Family Fun Band and performed at campgrounds, parades, the Boardwalk, Senior tours, Crest gazebo, many venues and circuits. They even performed with the Cape May County String Band, the Mummers and the John Walters Band.
Robert eventually established Hoffnagle Carpet Cleaners located at 6th St. in North Wildwood. The business is still in operation today. He also, along with his wife Shirley owned and operated the Ali-Bi motel located on 16th Street in North Wildwood.
There wasn’t a day that went by that his family wasn’t seen working by his side.
Robert is survived by the love of his life his wife of 62 years Shirley (Kiesel); son Charles (Kim), daughter Robin, twin son Scott; and 8 grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his twin son Ross.
Funeral services and interment will be held at a later date. Evoy Funeral Home 3218 Bayshore Road North Cape May has been entrusted with arrangements.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Robert
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Evoy Funeral Home