33 thoughts on “Peter Hoffmann – Hydrogen Guru

  1. 4amWriter says:

    So sorry, Jilanne. What a lovely tribute. Your father-in-law sounds like a wonderful man, with lots of good things to share with the world. My thoughts are with you.

  2. Mrs. P says:

    What a great send off…and probably exactly what he’s doing! I read the bio..what a fascinating guy with an ear that I would have enjoyed bending, for sure. And, this picture with Gabriel will be a special one. I am so glad that they had a chance to connect…sending warm thoughts to you and your family.

  3. Letizia says:

    What a beautiful tribute to such an interesting man. His bio was a fascinating read. I love the photographs of him surrounded by kids and dogs (and a mustache Garcia Marquez would have been proud of).

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thanks, Letizia. That photo is a favorite of mine. Our son (of course), is the one aiming the water pistol at the camera. Somehow I ended up soaked, and Peter drove the escape vehicle.

      Yes, the mustache speaks volumes, doesn’t it? 😀

  4. Vanessa-Jane Chapman says:

    What a lovely tribute, sorry for your loss. I smiled though at “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Newsletter”. We have a TV show over here, don’t know if you’ve heard of it, called “Have I got news for you” it’s basically a satirical news quiz show, and the final part of each episode features a game where they give part of a headline and the panel have to guess the rest of the headline, anyway, they always have general newspaper headlines, and a guest publication that is some very obscure or specialist type of publication, like “Goldfish gills monthly” or something, and the “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Newsletter” would be just the type of one they would have! I hope that doesn’t sound like an insult, the point is that it’s always about things that the majority of people wouldn’t know anything about, so it causes much hilarity in the headline guessing! (Trust me, it’s hilarious!). Hope I don’t seem insensitive with this!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thanks for the note, Vanessa. On the contrary, Peter would have enjoyed the esoteric nature of the quiz show. He loved inserting puns and other forms of wordplay while writing about highly technical and sometimes controversial topics. So you are not being insensitive at all.

  5. Call of the Siren says:

    Jil, simply: Beautiful. Nothing short of that. My condolences to your family, and my applause for such a soaring, personal tribute. We should all be so lucky to have words written about us like this.

    I can just imagine your father-in-law seated with Garcia Marquez, Peter Mathiessen and now Alistair MacLeod ( http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/books/alistair-macleod-author-of-no-great-mischief-dies-at-77.html?_r=0 ) Holy almighty, what extraordinary company!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thanks, Nick. I hadn’t heard about MacLeod.

      I love the part about his publisher/friend performing an extraction, using single malt whiskey to get the manuscript out of MacLeod’s hands. How perfect is that? Actually, I loved the entire story. What an interesting character.

      Yes, I think they’ll keep each other entertained, to say the least. 😀

  6. Laurel Leigh says:

    Ah, Jill, so sorry, but so beautiful. Everyone should get to have you as a daughter-in-law and get such an amazing tribute. To get kids, a dog, and a golf cart all in one photo says a lot.

    You bring a wonderful perspective to saying good-bye to the ones we love. Thanks for that.

  7. Sven Geitmann says:

    Dear Jilanne,

    I am absolutely shocked hearing this sad news.

    I am sitting here in Germany nearby Berlin and I worked together with Peter writing about hydrogen and fuel cells – Peter in English, me in German.

    Peter was so engaged when I spoke to him the last time and he was so eager to finish his next newsletter.

    Now he is gone. And he is leaving a very huge gap in this world – especially in the hydrogen scene.

    I will try to pay homage to him in writing a reportage about Peter in the HZwei-Blog and also in the German HZwei-magazine if this is okay for you.

    Of course my thoughts are with you.

    These are very sad days.

    Sincerely yours Sven Geitmann

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thank you so much, Sven! Of course that is more than OK, it is wonderful! Please let me know when it’s published as I’m sure all of Peter’s family would like to read it.

      We were all very shocked by Peter’s death. He seemed to be one of those energetic people who would always remain curious about the world and live forever. Thank you for your kind words. They are greatly appreciated! All the best, Jilanne

  8. Debby Harris says:

    Dear Jilanne,
    I am so sad and shocked to hear of Peter’s passing as I spoke with him just over a month ago. Having worked in the hydrogen & fuel cell sector for over 20 years, I can attest to the unique passion, insight and foresight Peter brought to our industry — he will be sorely missed. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
    Debby Harris

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