Ralph J. Wolfe
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Ralph J. Wolfe East Hampton, NY -- Ralph J. Wolfe, 82, of East Hampton died peacefully November 27 of complications following knee replacement surgery. Born in Holyoke, MA, he was a highly decorated World War II Navy veteran, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery and a Purple Heart while serving with a B24 Squadron in the South Pacific. Mr. Wolfe was a ten-year member of the East End Hospice Board of Directors, also serving as a patient volunteer. He was a former President of the Board of Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton. He was a member and former President of The East Hampton Rotary Club. Immediately following his retirement from The Panasonic Company, he volunteered as the Executive Director of The Retreat (for nine months), the East Hampton shelter for victims of domestic violence. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration at Tufts University and three days after graduation began a 20-year sales career with General Electric, achieving the position of National Accounts Manager for the Electronics Sales Operation. He joined the Panasonic Company in 1969, rising to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and became Chairman of the Panasonic Management Committee in 1987. A member of the Board of Directors of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America from 1986 to 1991 he also had responsibility for Panasonic's External Affairs Division. Prior to his retirement in 1992 he was the senior American in the Japanese company. In retirement he earned several securities licenses and a real estate license, partnering with his wife Sherry Wolfe at the Corcoran Agency in East Hampton. He loved to golf, travel and enjoy a good glass of wine in the company of friends, family and his beloved King Charles Cavalier spaniels. He had a twin-engine pilot's license with an instrument rating and at one time was an owner of the East Hampton Flight School. His ever present smile and kind heart will be greatly missed by his wife Sherry, his sister, Mary Muratore of Belchertown, MA, his children, Muriel Brown and her husband William Brown of Stratford, CT, Cynthia Wolfe of Acton, MA, Thomas Wolfe and his wife Linda Wolfe of Branford, CT, and 4 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister June and his brothers John and Christopher. A memorial service will be held December 3, 11 am, at The First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton, NY. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048 Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.
Published in The Republican on Dec. 2, 2007.
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January 16, 2008
Sherry, I was so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing today. I know the devastation that one feels at this time but I also know how happy you and Ralph were together. He was a very special man and I was so very happy to have met him and to enjoy his wonderful smile and sense of humor.
All my love, Denise
Denise Miranti
December 14, 2007
As I was leaving East Hampton a vacant lot adjacent to mine was about to be glorified by Sherry and Ralph for a new abode. Wish I could have been around for any time they had together to enjoy their new house.
David Raible
December 8, 2007
Ralph and Sherry

Two of the few who stood by me in times of trouble, you will be missed.

With Love,

Jon Eisen
December 4, 2007
I worked either with or for Ralph for just about my whole career at Panasonic. It was a lot of work, many accomplishments, a good many laughs, and even a few drinks here and there. Those years are filled with a plethora of fond memories. Ralph was a good guy with a great heart who will not easily be forgotten. Sherry, you'll remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill Rooney
December 4, 2007
Sherry, My sincere condolences. My career at Panasonic Started in 1984. I started as a sales representative clearly far beneath Ralph’s level. I will always remember his kindness and encouragement to me during my first years. He was a rare executive who understood the day to day challenges of the folks fighting it out in the street. It was a sad day for Panasonic when Ralph retired. Our company is not the same without his quiet confidence and ever present smile. I am still at Panasonic and my career could not have taken the path it did without the foundation set by Ralph. I will always be thankful to him. He was truly a gentleman. With best regards, Mark Hutchinson…
Mark Hutchinson
December 4, 2007
I met Mr.Wolfe many times when I worked for Panasonic as a salesman in the Boston reigon.He was always a gentleman, and there was always a smile on his face. The 80's were the glory years for Panasonic a truly great company to work for.and Mr. Wolfe's contributions where am intricate part of what made Panasonic something special.He was a legend in the industry, and as a human being.
Jim Factor
December 3, 2007
Something came up about Panasonic a week or two ago and I thought of Ralph. What a fine man. He was one of those people who encouraged me when I first began to cover the electronics business for HFD years ago. And what a great sense of humor!
My condolences to you and your family from myself and everyone at TWICE.
Steve Smith
December 3, 2007
When I think of Ralph, it’s his quick wit and smile that first comes to mind. To all of the Wolfe family my heartfelt condolences. Peace be with you.
Robert Curtis
December 3, 2007
Dear Sherry, I'm so sorry to hear about Ralph's passing, you both were so kind to me and big help when I left the Retreat Shelter back in 1993, you are still my inspiration to this day. Love Barbara
Barbara Mattson
December 2, 2007
To the Wolfe family,
We have been fortunate to count Tom and Linda Wolfe among the best of friends, and we share your family's pain and sorrow in the hour of your loss. With fullness of heart we join you in celebrating Ralph's life.
David and Carol Coburn
David Coburn
December 2, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. It has been a hard year for your family, and I wish for you and them... better times ahead. My thoughts are with you.
Jim Kelly
November 30, 2007
Sherry, Ralph was a truely kind and gentle man. He was so nice to everyone. I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.
Judith Hall
November 29, 2007
You will be missed Ralph, I remember setting up your new wireless home computer at your new home and when we sat down for an hour and had tea and just talked about stuff. Especially our dogs. I really enjoyed that. I will always remember you.
Michael Oknowsky
November 29, 2007
You touched our lives and we are grateful. We will always see you walking in the office after serving lunch to the childern on Shelter Island, what a kind careing soul you were. God Bless you.
Michael & Ken
November 29, 2007
We will miss you.

Mitten and Stuyvie
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