Rolf A. Hofer, “Uncle Bud,” 86 of Pottstown

Rolf A. Hofer, “Uncle Bud,” 86 of Pottstown, East Coventry Township, PA, husband and companion of Judith E. (Beattie) Hofer for 57 years, passed away on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Amity Place in Douglassville, PA.

Born in Philadelphia, and raised in Winchester, VA, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Gladys (Mau) Hofer. Along with his parents, Rolf is predeceased by his sister Beverly Huyett.

Rolf graduated from Christ Church for Boys in Virginia in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army in Fairfax County, VA, from 1958 to 1961, teaching launch mechanisms for the NIKE missile. Rolf was a proud member of the Anglers’ Club of New York, and the Tumbling Run Game Preserve in Shippensburg, PA, where he hunted whitetail deer, turkey, and grouse. He was also a member of the Binghamton Automobile Racing Club where he was known for his racing photographs.

He was an avid fly fisher for 70 of his 86 years, fishing for Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia in Canada, for tarpon in the Florda Keys, for landlocked salmon in Maine, for striped bass on Nantucket, and for trout in the rivers of New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, and New Zealand. He called the Upper Delaware River in New York his home water where he co-owned a fishing cabin. He built bamboo fly rods and trout landing nets, and tied many, many fishing flies for himself and his many cherished fishing friends. Upon graduation from Christ Church, Rolf met his teacher, mentor, and incredibly good friend in Philadelphia who taught him to tie flies and shared fishing history, techniques, and stories. Rolf continued that tradition, mentoring multiple generations of new anglers in the lore and techniques of fly fishing.

Rolf was also a car enthusiast, starting with his Model A during high school, to his VW Beetles, to his Volvos, and especially to his prized Porsche 356 which he owned for 56 years. He also assisted his wife with her own race car endeavors.

For 45 years Rolf built reproductions of 18th and 19th century Windsor chairs, constructing about 1700 chairs for individuals, museums, businesses, and judicial chambers, delivering chairs to 36 US states, Canada, and England. In 1999, Rolf was invited to build a miniature Windsor for the White House Blue Room Christmas Tree, and his miniature writing armchair was pictured in the brochure distributed to White House visitors.

He was fond of Parker shotguns, fine fishing reels, wool sweaters, lamb shanks, “tube steaks” (hot dogs), Hemingway’s writings, Maker’s Mark bourbon, and especially loved those who called him “Uncle Bud”.

Rolf had a beautiful life. And it was good.

Services and interment are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rolf’s name to the Miramichi Salmon Association, US Office, PO Box 646, Houlton, ME, 04730 or to the charity of one’s choosing.

Add My Condolences

I just today learned of Bud’s passing. I’m so sad! My condolences to Judy and all those who knew and loved him. He had many a “comeback” to any conversation. And although we hadn’t seen each other in several years. I will always remember him fondly. RIP Bud, give my daughter a hug for me. ??

~ Kathy & George Ruoss
5/5/2022 12:35:50 PM

Oh man when our mutual tormenter Harry Reynolds told me Bud was gone it dredged up so many happy memories of us all camping at Bridgehampton or Pocono or Watkins Glen or Lime Rock when Judy was racing one of her Lotus 23's and many of us in single seaters and we would all party together way to late every night.
Budser , travel safe my friend.
Mike and Tracy Rand

~ Mike Rand Sharon, CT
12/27/2021 11:15:19 AM

RIP Uncle Budser. We had many adventures, together & seperate, including being with me when I won my first ever trophy. Miss you now & forever.

~ jim davis
11/18/2021 4:45:32 PM

Blessed to have known such a kind hearted soul, with so many extraordinary talents. Blessed now to have purchased one of Bud’s windsors which was made for my wedding gift to my husband. We have always cherished it, and will continue to even more. Rest In Peace Dear Bud. ??

~ Wendi Fisher Albitz
11/17/2021 8:17:38 PM

Bud was a perfect gentleman and a lovely man. He had a life well lived.

I remember driving up their driveway one day (in my 1975 Jaguar) and Bud was standing at the front door, arms folded, smiling. He said to me, "it is always a surprise to see a Jaguar come up the drive
under it own power."

And the weekend canoeing at the cabin. The creek ran low so Bud and Judy hauled to canoe up creek but made John I stay seated. Perfect hosts.

And like all of his friends there are many more stories.

Kathleen and John Karam
Scottsdale, Arizona

~ Kathleen Karam Scottsdale, AZ
11/16/2021 1:57:26 PM

We have enjoyed many good times with Uncle Budzer.
He was fun to fish , travel, or
just enjoy brown water on the porch.
We worked to

~ Charles & Claudette Getter Sugarloaf key, FL
11/16/2021 11:59:58 AM

We will miss the Budzer so much. I remember him at the Duryea Drive Hill Climb back in 1965 (I think). I was impressed then as I am still. Finally, what will Cheri do without all that heavy breathing? All our Love to you Judy!
Bob & Cheri

~ bOB & cHERI cALABRESE Hollywood, FL
11/15/2021 8:44:21 PM

The loss of Bud will leave a great hole in our hearts so glad we got know him. We will miss him sending him special wings for a special man .

~ Wayne and Mary Peterson Hancock, NY
11/15/2021 4:36:05 PM

I have known Bud for as long as Judy. We had some good times together in just about all the activities mentioned in his obituary. As final thought, look down at this earth and see another earth where he may be walking, and then look up at this sky and see another sky where he may be watching a fallen sparrow fly.

~ Richard Grime Royersford, PA
11/15/2021 4:35:59 PM