Darquise Hoffman

Darquise Hoffman

Darquise died on April 30, 2014 at the Village by the Station in Penticton, BC. Darquise was born to Arsene and Marie Rose Gagnon in Amos, Quebec on May 8, 1930 then grew up in Duparquet, a mining town north of Noranda. She finished High School and played on the women’s baseball team. Darquise attended Business College in Ottawa. She married Valdis Parfinovics and they moved to Arizona in 1964. They had five children, three grand- children and 3 great-grandchildren. Darquise married Tim Hoffman in 1979. Tim was a quadriplegic and they travelled extensively. Darquise drove their motorhome as they toured the US and Canada, and they had a motorcycle with a sidecar for Tim. Darquise and Tim moved to Penticton in 1986 after attending the Expo in 1986. Darquise lived life to the fullest. In 1989, she had John Lehman converted a Honda GL1500 Gold Wing Motorcycle into a trike. With the “Amazing Tri-Wing”, Darquise participated in the Three Flag rally traveling on her bike from Canada to Mexico several times. In 1992, she undertook a solo European trike ride. She had her bike shipped to London and spent the next nine months visiting 17 countries. Later in life, Darquise enjoyed cruises as a way to explore the world, and traveled to Africa, Egypt, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal in India. Darquise volunteered in the Peach Festival activities for several years, and enjoyed outings with her Red Hat friends. She was an avid reader, and continued her learning with computer and language classes at Okanagan University College. While attending computer classes, Darquise met Dwight and Maxine Taylor and Bill and Barb Taylor all of Penticton. The Taylors welcomed Darquise into their family and enjoyed a close relationship. Grateful for sharing her life are her children Aina (Tom) Lenda, who live in Alaska, Alan (Mary) Parfinovics of Washington State and Jim (Rhonda) Parfinovics of Arizona, her grandchildren, Nicole and James Parfinovics, both of Arizona, and Elke (Daren) Turner of Colorado. Darquise’s great-grandchildren are Haley, Bella and Gage of Colorado. Darquise sister, Jeannie Simard, lives in Hawaii. Darquise was predeceased by her parents, brothers Paul and Larry, husbands Valdis and Tim Hoffman, and sons Ronald Joseph Parfinovics and Robert Parfinovics. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Charles Manor at 333 Martin Street in Penticton. Condolences may be given to the family by visiting www.hansonsfuneral.ca.


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