My good friend, Geoff Hoff, passed away this week. This was not expected and it has taken me a few days to really process that he is gone. Our relationship started as acquaintances with online marketing businesses. It quickly changed into so much more. Geoff was my tech person and my accountability partner. However, the best part is that we become really good friends.
Since we live on opposite sides of the United States, I only got to see him a few times a year during conferences. Going to these conferences in the future will not be the same without him. No more eating at the Mirage buffet, Marilyn’s or sushi in Las Vegas. No more eating at The Stackstone Grille in Atlanta. No more finding new great restaurants with ocean views in Manhattan Beach, CA. No more just hanging out talking about everything and anything and just laughing.
One thing that I will always remember with a smile were our trips to Trader Joe’s in Geoff’s beloved Fiat, Victorio. How we would fit four adults and groceries into that car was a feat in itself. I am sure we probably looked like one of the clown cars when we would all pile out with groceries in tow.
I will miss hearing the many stories about “Maggie The Cat”. Geoff loved Maggie and Maggie loved Geoff. When we would talk on the phone, Maggie would come and jump in his lap. This was amusing to me because it was as if she wanted his attention like a small child would do. Maggie would also follow Geoff around the house. I would often joke with Geoff that Maggie acted more like a dog than a cat.
Geoff always had a smile on his face and would do anything for anyone,. He was a very loyal friend and I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body. He was the type of person that everyone gravitated to and everyone liked. He was a very positive person who never complained,.
Geoff and I talked every weekday at 6 PM. When I didn’t hear from him, I become very concerned. I knew in my heart something was wrong. Geoff was very consistent and when he said he would do something he would do it. I had no idea that last Friday would be the last time that I would talk to him. I will miss our daily calls as well as seeing his smiling face at events.
I was blessed to have such a loyal friend be a part of my life. Those type of friends are few and far between. I know that as time goes on it will to easier to remember the good times. I pray that you will or have experienced the type of friendship that I had with Geoff. Rest in Peace my dear friend Geoff. I love you and will truly miss you.