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Richard (Dick) T. Wolfe 98 Retired Purchasing Agent for General Electric Co
Richard T. Wolfe, 98, of Wilmington, Delaware, a retired Purchasing Agent, died June 4, 2014 at home. Born in Washington D.C., he spent his early boyhood years in Carroll County, Maryland before moving to Collingdale, PA in 1929. He was a graduate of Collingdale High School in 1933, and the University of Pennsylvania Evening School of Accounts and Finances in 1941. Mr. Wolfe was hired by the General Electric Company on Friday, July 13, 1934, as a file clerk in the Purchasing Department, and retired as a Purchasing Agent forty-two years later in 1976. In August of 1942, he was transferred with other G.E. personal to a plant in Trenton, NJ where G.E. built vital naval equipment of panel boards and switchboards used on naval vessels when the Allies attacked the Normandy beaches in WWII. He had no military service as all G.E. employees were locked into their positions for the entire duration of WWII. Mr. Wolfe returned to Collingdale in 1948 and became active in Community activities. He served four years as treasurer of the Collingdale PTA, six years on the CHS school board, and six years as Collingdale Borough Auditor. Mr. Wolfe was an avid church attendee from the time he was thirteen years old until his death. He was an Elder on the church board of the Philadelphia Gospel Temple from 1950 to 1972. He joined the Evangel Assembly of God Church in Glenolden, PA where he was on the church board from 1974 to 2000. He served as church treasurer for twenty-four years. He is currently a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Wilmington, DE. He has been a sports fan all his life. He enjoyed playing softball and golf. He was a loyal baseball fan of the Phillies from the 1930's until the present time, whether they win or loss. He moved to the Wilmington area in 1999 to live with his daughter, Jean, and son-in-law, John. Mr. Wolfe immediately started a daily routine of walking two miles each morning in the Concord Mall. This followed six years of daily walking at the MacDade Mall in Glenolden, PA. This was part of his daily treatment for Type II Diabetes. Mr. Wolfe was the widower of Frances Calvert Wolfe who died in 1994 after fifty-four years of marriage. She had been stricken with Polio, with complications, in August 1950. She remained paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair and hospital bed until her death. Mr. Wolfe was her primary care-giver for the duration of her illness. Mr. Wolfe was the son of the late Marcus and Carrie Wolfe. He was predeceased by a brother Edgar Wolfe, 84 a sister Anna Bicking, 87, a sister Esther Bayer, 89 and a step-brother, George Bell, 92.
Survivors: A son Richard C. Wolfe, of South Daytona Beach, FL and a daughter Jean Wolfe Duerr of Wilmington, DE. He has seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services: Wednesday, 12 noon at the Pagano Funeral Home, 3711 Foulk Rd., Garnet Valley, PA Visitation: Wednesday, 11-12 Noon at the Pagano Funeral Home, Garnet Valley, PA. Interment: Edgewood Memorial Park, Glen Mills, PA
Contributions: Calvary Assembly of God Church, 2600 Shipley Road, Wilmington, DE 19810
Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.paganofuneralhome.com
Published in Daily Times on June 6, 2014
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