Hello there bloggers!! Not exactly the type of blog I really want to write, however, many of you knew Michael Hoffman from his association to Friends and Company at our West Seattle location. Michael owned Liberty Bell Printing which was in the block south of the shop on California Avenue. Michael opened up his shop for many of our classes when we had overflow and also provided numerious printing services throughout the 13 years that we were located in West Seattle. It is with a very heavy heart that I have to let people know of his passing. We had remained friends despite both of us closing our retail locations. No other news other than what is posted below (taken from the West Seattle Blog). Please email me (email@example.com) privately if you would like more information as it becomes available. Rest in Peace Michael. I already miss you tons!!
At left, that’s Michael Hoffman, proprietor of Liberty Bell Print and Design and founder of the West Seattle Car Show. We’ve just learned that Mr. Hoffman died of a sudden illness last night at his Arbor Heights home; he was 47 years old. For 13 years, Mr. Hoffman owned what was founded in 1973 as Liberty Bell Printing, located in The Junction until moving it out of a storefront three years ago. Susan Melrose, director of the West Seattle Junction Association, shares this tribute:
The news of losing our friend and colleague Michael Hoffman will be received as a tragic loss for our community. Michael’s spirit of kindness, consideration, humor, and charity has touched so many people in so many ways. He has left a positive imprint on West Seattle that will be remembered. Here in The Junction, we will remember and honor Michael with the deep appreciation that he so genuinely deserves.
Mr. Hoffman founded the street-closing Junction Car Show in 2008 and continued to organize it annually; last year’s edition was the sixth annual show. No word yet on a memorial service; we’ll update with whatever we find out.