Our beloved Jann Hoffmann passed away this Monday after a long time of illness. Our chairman Michael Frydendahl has written some words of remembrance.
It is with the greatest sorrow I received the news about my dear old friend Jann Hofmann, who after a long time of illness passed away Monday before noon.
Jann was in many ways a role model for a lot of people, always extremely extroverted, really well liked and a huge ambassador for the sport of darts in Denmark.
In the late 80’s and op through the 90’s, Jann was one of the best players on the Danish and Scandinavian darting scene. But it was not only in Denmark, as Jann put in everything he got to make a mark on the world stage, and therefore achieved a spot in the top 10 of the world rankings among other things.
Jann has won severeal Danish and Nordic championships through his career, and it will take to long to mention all of his event victories, but there were many.
The straightforwardness of Jann and his walking straight in to people with clogs on, as we say in Denmark, meant that he always had the time for a talk with anybody, no one ware to small and no one were to great.
I myself got to know Jann, as we became colleagues in the prison service. Quickly we became good friends and soon after that, Jann became a member of our dart club FIOV in the 90’s. We were a relatively new club with no greater experience, however Jann quickly made a chance to that. In a short period of time we were playing in the 1. division, the best tier in Denmark.
Jann also established a connection to the english prison service, whit whom we have had annual events for 25 years.
When Jann and I got the idea, that Denmark should try to become a part of the PDC, once again it was the name and reputation of Jann that got os a long way. I clearly remember our first meeting in Copenhagen, where then director of the PDC Tim Derby and tournament director Tommy Cox visited us in our club, and then Tommy Cox said: “It is because of you Jann, that we are saying yes to this. We know you from the old days and therefore know what you stand for, and that is why, you shall have the chance.”
At our countless journeys, especially to England and the world darts championships in Ally Pally, you made my jaw drop as the likes of Barneveld, Paul Lim, Eric Bristow, Phil Taylor, Steve Beaton, well all of them came over and said hello. At those trips I really found out, how big of an impression you have made beyond the Danish border.
Jann opened a lot of doors and was an excellent representative for Danish darts, both for the Danish Dart Union and PDC Nordic & Baltic.
Dear Jann, you have finally found peace, you have been reunited with your beloved wife Hanne, so now you can continue the adventure together in Heaven, Heaven which now will be rich with yet another fantastic personality.
Our thoughts in this difficult time os now with Mette, the daughter of Jann and Hanne, as well with their grandchildrens and son in law.
You will never ever be forgotten Jann, we have far to many great memories for that.
Rest in prace my friend, I will see you in the furture.