George C. Wolfe
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On September 25, 2014 George C. Wolfe died peacefully in his sleep. A native of New Orleans, George was a local artist, a long-time educator, and a loving father and husband. Whether through his paintings, pen and inks, pastels, or sculpture George always tried to see and express the creative beauty in the world around him. His love of dragons knew no bounds, and the Dragons of New Orleans continue marching each year in Tucks as an expression of his inspired teaching and creativity. Life for him was always in full-color, and he always encouraged his friends and family to be bold and not worry if the art didn't match the sofa. His sons will always treasure growing up in the old home of 15 or so colors on Leontine Street (we could never get the count right). As an art teacher at Isadore Newman School Mr. Wolfe care more for his students' well-being than "playing it safe." The numerous times his environmental design class projects ruffled a few feathers has always been good for a few laughs after the dust settled. Many of his former students look back at their experiences in Mr. Wolfe's art class as some of their fondest memories of school. In retirement, Mr. Wolfe completed his 3rd Master's degree (finally in Art) and took up steel sculpture. Several of his pieces can be found in Texas and around Louisiana. While others might move to watercolors in their later years, George was building fire-breathings dragons, a life sized rhinoceros, and a 12-foot counted Don Quixote. None of us were sure what to make of this, but that was dad for you. Growing up, mom wanted an "Easter Bunny pink" house. Dad figured out what that meant, and then kept going until the other 14 colors transformed our traditional shotgun home in to a true painted lady. Beige - in art not in life - was never in George's palette. A proud alum of Warren Easton High School, LSU, UNO, and Northwestern State; George Wolfe encouraged everyone to further their education and expand their horizons. Most people never realized dad's level of education, because he never touted his achievements. He didn't spend time worrying about his ego being bruised - there was too much work to be done to be bothered with such silliness. Instead, he tackled every challenge set before him, and did so often with flair and creativity. As an author of numerous articles and a book, 3-D Wizardry, and two International Telly Award-winning Videos, Mr. Wolfe tried to teach others that they could accomplish their dreams and their visions. All they needed to do was be creative and their problems could be overcome. Dad was rarely restrained by what had always been done. George Wolfe is survived by his wife Catherine; his sons David, Michael and Philip; and his grand-children Brandon, Lawton, Angelle, Alexandra, Graydon and Liam. He is also remembered by his friends in Natchitoches and New Orleans whose numbers are still too numerous to count. A few words of thanks go out to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Natchitoches Medical Center and Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. They looked after George through thick and thin. Dad was not always the easiest patient, and their work is appreciated. We'd also like to thank the members of First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches for their friendship, concern, and devotion. You were always near and dear to his heart. Peace be with you all. Memorial services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans, at FUMC in Natchitoches closer to Christmas Lights Festival, and where ever dragons gather to raise a glass. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Touro Infirmary Employee Emergency Fund, 1401 Foucher Street, New Orleans, LA 70115. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online, at

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Published in The New Orleans Advocate from Sep. 26 to Oct. 2, 2014.
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September 22, 2016
Remembering George during his birth and passing month; both a sad and happy month. :) :(
Happy Birthday, we were lucky to have you.
Friends of George
December 20, 2015
Merry Christmas buddy :)
Your Friends
November 14, 2015
David, I just learned of your father's passing and wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathy. I remember when he and your mother would visit your grandmother across the street from my parents in New Orleans.
Ercelle Anthony
September 25, 2015
Praying for and remembering you on this very sad 1st anniversary. Its been a long sad year without you. Bye Buddy.
Gregg Mace
September 8, 2015
Happy Birthday Buddy!
With love from your friends!
March 16, 2015
I had the privilege of having George as my neighbor in Natchitoches for six years. I was a fish out of water, having moved to Louisiana from Orange County, CA. George showed me the true meaning of southern hospitality. He graciously helped out of many household predicaments. From helping me dispose of an enormous dead possum that was smack dab in the middle of my driveway to helping me out of comical I Love Lucy type self-inflicted incidents. I enjoyed living next to the fire breathing dragon, Don Quixote, the rhino, the life size soft sculptors of people bearing the faces of loved ones that sat in chairs on his porch, the Phoenix rising from the ashes. He was a dear friend. Thoughts of George are always followed with a smile. He was an incredible person and I miss him dearly.
Pamela Steele
February 15, 2015
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February 15, 2015
George will always be Mr. Wolfe to me, no matter how old we got. He made the unbearable bearable and the most melancholy thing into a happy event. I would be nothing today without his unfailing encouragement and unwavering loyalty. I called him last summer out of the blue and he picked up with conversation where we had left off years before. After 35 years in the Army, I was broken and hurting and called him to say hi once more before I died. He laughed and said I was too mean to die and everything would be alright. As usual he made me laugh and made everything alright. He was ever the caring parent and friend. I offered to drive up and see him but as usual he didn't want anyone to fuss and said he'd see me when he moved back to New Orleans. I told him I held him up as my leadership role model and tried to emulate his leadership as an NCO then officer in the Army. He chuckled and said Oh, gosh, I bet that went well. I told him that I always remained loyal to my soldiers and defended them and ensured they were happy as George did everyone in his life. He reminisced about his brother at Warren Easton High School, him going to the first showing of Rocky Horror Picture show with us, how his art was going, about my art projects of yesteryear, and just about life in general. He bragged about his boys and his grandchildren. He chuckled mentioning he used a cane now and I chuckled back I also use a cane and have a grandchild. So I guess I've become you. He chuckled. David, Michael and Philp, I don't know which of you all composed the two obituary narratives but they were beautiful and heartfelt, you painted a word picture that your Dad would be proud to read. Catherine, David, Michael, Philip, Brandon, Lawton, Angelle, Alexandra, Graydon and Liam, I am so sorry for your loss but you are not alone in missing George. I've been through too many wars, and even died myself only to be resuscitated but I never cried until I was reaching to call George but found his obituary instead and I cried like a baby. It would be too trite to say you all have my sympathy but I instead offer you my empathy and deep grief. So many memories of George; I could go on forever. So after all he has meant to me I figured a friend like George deserves a little immortality and a little bit of thanks from me. So I renewed this internet site for my buddy. George was loveable and loyal to the end. I hope he saves a spot for me next to him in heaven. We have a lot to catch up on. I loved him like a father. Gregg McClean Mace.
Gregg Mace
October 2, 2014
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I had the privilege to teach all those years at Newman with George. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Tony Reginelli
October 1, 2014
I had the honor of working with George in the Middle School at Newman for many years. It was always a thrill to watch George inspire middle schoolers to let their imaginations go wild. He had a gift.
Ed Graf
October 1, 2014
A wonderful artist, friend, co-worker, and mentor. My condolences to George's family and former students. Jerry Guillot (Mr. G.)
September 30, 2014
Mr.Wolfe was a geeat friend, he was a customer at Rite Aid , i would love to hear his stories he would share with me during each visit. God Bless
Williams Liz
September 30, 2014
Worked with George for many years. He was caring and colorful.
I know he will make heaven a brighter place.
Aline Walshe
September 30, 2014
Love your dads dragon on the bayou, and I see how very talented he really was. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayer for you David and all of your family, from Northwestern State University and...
Pam Hetherwick
September 29, 2014
I will never forget the fabulous bright green rhinoceros that Mr. Wolfe constructed for my special projects class at the Louisiana School.

Mr. Wolfe's creativity was endless, but most of all, his generosity to all of his students, talented or otherwise, was legendary.
Laurie Volpe
September 29, 2014
It was an honor for me to have had George as a colleague at Newman. He was truly sui generis. I loved the 14 or 15 hues on the facade of his shotgun. May he rest in colorful peace and friendly dragons keep watch.
Martha Beveridge
September 29, 2014
As the mother of a Newman student, I remember George not only for his art but also for being the Cub Master of Pack 26. When his boys were old enough to leave Cub Scouts to become Boy Scouts, he went with them. He advised us that he was moving on and why and asked for a "volunteer" to step up to take over as Cub Master. We all looked at one another stunned that he was moving on. He fixed me with that grin of his and I was powerless as my arm rose and I said "if no one else will....". Over the years I have thought of him and that moment and smiled.
Irene Smothers
September 28, 2014
Mr Wolfe was a very talented artist.I was proud to call him my friend.Rest in peace and GOD Bless.
Susan Alford
September 28, 2014
Wonderful tribute for a wonderful man.
Jane Alpaugh Delmer
September 28, 2014
He fostered my love of art and boosted my confidence while I was in middle school. Will always remember the dragons we built and marched with you. You will be missed!
Brandy Gunsolus
September 28, 2014
Mr. Wolfe was one of a core group of teachers at Newman who made a connection with me individually. I was in his homeroom in middle school and was one of his lunch bunch. I was also a favorite test puppeteer of Mr. Wolfe's the year he created the monsters for the high school production of Little Shop of horrors. He took me marching with his Dragons for Mardi Gras. He took us downtown to see the sights and go to a glass blowing gallery. He took me along when he shared and compared his Little Shop monsters with other schools who had also made them. He never concerned himself with the undeniable fact that I have no drawing painting ceramic or sculpture talent whatsoever, though I could make an enthusiastic mess with the best of them. He never worried that I used his side of campus as my playground because I only occasionally fit in where other kids were working and playing. I tell my story because I know for a fact that Mr. Wolfe loved all of his students, and that he gave the same safe harbor to hundreds of awkward junior high kids at Newman. He was the embodiment of coloring outside the lines in such a way as to improve the overall product. He was also my first art history teacher though that was never in his job description. Recently I saw
Picasso's "Old Guitarist" in Chicago for the first time. The first time I saw a photo of that painting (which I loved instantly) was in Mr. Wolfe's room. The world is a brighter and more colorful place because of Mr. Wolfe. He had his own taste, and knew that intelligent young people when exposed to new art would take the first steps to developing taste of thier own. We all loved him very much.
Daniel Kern
September 28, 2014
A great teacher who made an impact on my life.
Hugh Russell
September 28, 2014
Spent 20 years with George at Newman. His Dragons will always be remembered. May he rest in peace.
Martin Macdiarmid
September 28, 2014
Mr. Wolfe class did not start or stop at the classroom door. He really wanted his students to think and expand their world view. Thirty three years since my last class with him and he still helps color my world.
Charles Freeman
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