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In Memory

Phil Hoffman

Philip A Hoffman

1960 - July 14, 2019

Philip A. Hoffman passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, at his home in Fairbanks. Phil was born in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, in 1960, and graduated from Conner High School, West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1978. He was a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in arctic engineering.

Phil began working for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company on July 30, 2007, as an engineer after many years as a contractor solving complex engineering problems in the extreme environment of the North Slope of Alaska, above the Arctic Circle. In these positions, he earned a reputation as an "engineer's engineer" with exemplary integrity and dedication to his work. At Alyeska, he was part of the engineering team that monitors and repairs the trans-Alaska pipeline system, and was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of each mile of the pipeline.

Phil was also a long-time volunteer at Chena-Goldstream Fire and Rescue, where he served many roles over the years and became a role-model for many. He was a primary driving force behind the construction of a new fire station in Goldstream Valley, overseeing engineering aspects of the project as well as being on-site to assist with construction every weekend. Outside of work, Phil was an active fan and supporter of UAF Nanooks Hockey and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Phil is predeceased by his father, Alton, and brother, Randall. Phil is survived by his mother, Marian, of Wilmington, North Carolina; sister, Judith, of Wilmington; brother, Dennis, of Tucson, Arizona; brother, Thomas, of Huntington, Indiana; and brother, Lee, of Vernon, Connecticut. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

A celebration of life is being held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, July 29, in the Doyon Meeting Room at 701 Bidwell Ave., north entrance, food will be served and everyone is welcome to attend.

Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2019



Alyeska lost a significant member of the TAPS family on Sunday with the passing of Phil Hoffman, P.E. Phil was the “engineer’s engineer” with his daily examples of integrity, dedication to his civil/Arctic engineering profession, attention to details, and knowledge of the TAPS aboveground support structures and bridges. He will be missed by his colleagues, co-workers in System Integrity, and friends.

Phil joined Alyeska on July 30, 2007, bringing years of experience as a contractor working on challenging programs and projects for TAPS since 1997. Phil had an early interest in the unique engineering knowledge and skills required to manage the extreme environment in Alaska and completed a master’s degree in Arctic Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Phil never stopped seeking out new opportunities to research and solve complex engineering problems.

s remembered as a person with a wealth of knowledge, a “go-to” person on the aboveground systems at any time and on any issue, fun to work with, and always ready to help. Name a milepost and he could tell you what was there and the history. He was always generous with his time and his knowledge. Outside of work, he was an active fan and supporter of UAF Nanooks Hockey and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, an amateur drone pilot, and spent many years as a volunteer firefighter. Phil’s memory will be evergreen with us. 

July 16, 2019, Notice from Alyeska Communications


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07/18/19 10:38 AM #1    

Michele Martin

I'm so sad to hear of Phil's passing.  He was one of my favorite people. The comments about his integrity, and attention to detail are so true and that's what I admired and appreciated about him the most.  He will most definitely be missed on TAPS. My sincere condolences to his family and friends (which of course includes his co-workers). Shelly Martin

07/18/19 12:56 PM #2    

Luann Still Chappell


Oh, no!  What happened?  This is just awful.


07/19/19 09:15 AM #3    

Greg Kinney

This was absolutely a shock.  I was fortunate enough to know Phil on a professional level for 40 years; he was a classmate at UAF, where we both graduated in 1982,  Though we lost touch for a while, it was great to see him join Alyeska, via Veco, in the late 1990s, and of course he later joined the company.  He became who he was through many years of hard work and diligent service; he was a topnotch professional, and leaves behind an outstanding legacy, far too soon.  

07/19/19 09:19 AM #4    

Dan Flodin

Phil was instrumental in the TAPS exhibit in the $130M Juneau museum renovation and make over.  He passed from a heart attack last Sunday we were told by his VP this week.

07/27/19 03:39 PM #5    

Julie Morton

I am very sorry to hear this news. Phil was such a good man and so fun to talk with - always willing to help, to lend an ear and a smile. My deepest condolences to his family for such a terrible loss. Too young. 

Julie Morton

08/31/19 01:26 PM #6    

Barbara Harmon

Oh wow. I missed this announcement. I am very sad to hear about Phil Hoffman. Too young too soon. He was a true professional - dedicated, ethical and smart. And occasionally- a curler. RIP Phil. Hope to see you at that big bonspiel in the sky some day. 

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