mayor haroldhofmann
Harold Edward Hofmann, a life-long resident of Lawndale, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Born in Montebello, CA, Harold was 81 when he died. He had served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Harold had three loves in his life. He loved God, his family and the City of Lawndale - the people he served as an elected official for over 33 years. He was also a member of the Hawthorne Church of the Nazarene and attended faithfully for 74 years. He served as "temporary" song director for approximately 45 years as well as serving on many church boards and committees. He was a Councilman for 10 years before serving over 23 years as an elected Mayor. He considered it an honor and privilege to be the "Peoples' Mayor". He served on many boards throughout the county of Los Angeles as well as being the past president of the California Contract Cities Association. Harold is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Doris Hofmann of Lawndale, CA; daughter, Rhonda Gorman of Lawndale, CA; son, Harold Jr. (Rubilyn) Hofmann, of Lawndale, CA; son, Ted (Michele) Hofmann of Torrance, CA; sister, Carol Hazelwood of Redondo Beach, CA; brother, Eugene (LaVerne) Hofmann of Bellflower, CA; 9 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Louis Hofmann; his brother, Louis Hofmann, Jr.; his son-in-law Joseph Gorman; and grandson Joseph Gorman Jr. A Memorial Service will be held at the Lawndale Community Center on Saturday November 23 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence LCM Foundation, 4100 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503 or Dexter Foundation, P.O. Box 7000-373, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

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  1. I sat on the City Council of Lawndale with Harold for eight years. I considered him one of my mentors in life. He taught me how to be a good council member and a better person. My thoughts and prayers are with Doris and the family.
    Nancy McKee
    Kennewick Washington

  2. Met him MANY times while his wife played the piano at the Lawndale Weselyan Church. He was always so nice. He will be missed.

  3. My condolances to you Doris and Rhonda. Harold was a GREAT neighbor and only too willing to help when I needed it. Lawndale has lost a friend, and California has lost an upstanding and honorable public servant, he will be missed.
    Rest in Peace and Godspeed Harold Hofmann!

  4. I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Hofmann during my time working for the City of Manhattan Beach. He was a very friendly & likable man. My best wishes to Ted and the family.

  5. I have been a resident of Lawndale since 1962, Lawndale was the first city I lived in this great nation of USA. Last year I met Mayor Hoffman while he was sitting at Carl’s Jr. on Hawthorne Bl., what a pleasant man, simple yet you can see the glory he brought to this town. An honorable man from the past, he put public service before his own interests, something that is lacking today. When a handshake meant honor and you didn’t need to sign a contract or a paper. I thanked him for his service. Lawndale has lost a true leader, On behalf of my family and I, our sincere condolences to his family. Thank you for allowing him to serve us. Maria

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