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Demaine Funeral Home – Fairfax

10565 Main ST, Fairfax, VA

OBITUARY

Dr. Eric Alan Wolff

June 24, 1975January 5, 2020
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One of Vienna’s finest veterinarians has crossed the rainbow bridge. Doctor Eric Alan Wolff who lived in Fairfax, Virginia and worked at the Vienna Animal Hospital left this earth on January 5, 2020, at the age of 44.

He was born on June 24, 1975, to Rosemary and Alan Wolff. Eric spent his early years in Bridgewater, Massachusetts and later moved to Groton, Massachusetts where he graduated from high school. He then went to Drew University in New Jersey majoring in Biology with a minor in American History. Eric later moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland and worked at Pet Dominion Animal Hospital, gaining experience with animals as a veterinary technician and anticipating applying to Veterinary School.

In 1999, Eric met his future wife, Katherine Hattox, who was also working at Pet Dominion Animal Hospital as a kennel assistant. He attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean and completed his clinical year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He received his degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation he moved to Milan, Ohio where he practiced veterinary medicine at Critter Croft Pet Clinic and married Katherine in 2004. In 2007, Eric and Katherine moved to Vienna, Virginia along with three dogs, five cats, a cockatiel and a snake. He continued his practice of veterinary medicine at the Vienna Animal Hospital where Katherine was also employed as a receptionist. Eric was a much-valued presence at the hospital where his many clients and animal patients loved the care he provided.

Eric and Katherine welcomed their beautiful daughter Mirabelle into the world in March of 2017. He loved her more than life itself and spent as much time with her as he could being her wonderful Daddy. Eric enjoyed spending time with his wife and daughter, hiking, biking and running. He and his family took a vacation to Shenandoah National Park almost every year. He was a voracious reader and spent most of his free time with his nose in books like The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, thrillers, and historical fiction and nonfiction books, especially those about the Civil War. He enjoyed dressing in costume for events like the Renaissance Festival and Halloween. Eric was an avid sports fan who began and ended most days on the ESPN website. His favorite sports were baseball and football and he was a staunch supporter of the Nationals, Red Sox and Patriots. He also appreciated hockey, basketball, Nascar and Australian rules football. He especially loved 80's music, but his taste in music ranged from Classic Rock to Techno.

A quiet man, Eric was easy-going and his quick humor made him fun to be around. He had a calming effect on all humans and animals around him both at work and at home. He was an exceedingly kind and tolerant person with a gentle nature. And his life ended way too soon. Eric is survived by his loving wife, Katherine, adoring daughter Mirabelle, parents Rosemary and Alan Wolff, younger brother Ethan Wolff. He will also be dearly missed by his in-laws Diane and Tom Hattox, his faithful dog Odie and three cats Zara, Tevy and Kisu.

There will be a memorial gathering held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens beginning at 3:00 PM followed by a celebration of Eric’s life at 4:00 PM. There will be a reception with refreshments directly after the service.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation or contributing to a college fund for Eric's nearly 3 year old daughter, Mirabelle, through GoFundMe.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering and Visitation Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Memorial Service Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Reception Monday, January 20, 2020

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Dr. Eric Alan Wolff

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Barbara Pitkin

January 22, 2020

My prayers go out to Dr. Wolff's wife, daughter, parents, the rest of his many family members and friends, as well as the staff of Vienna Animal Hospital. Dr. Wolff was a devoted vet to my dog, Sunny, and cat, Lily. He always showed remarkable kindness, care, and interest in our beloved pets and our family. Dr. Wolff helped us through a number of health scares -- many times in the middle of the night. He was consistently patient and compassionate and always gave us clear and sage guidance. And he always followed up. I often wished we could find doctors that would care for the humans in my family the way that Dr. Wolff cared for our pets. I will sorely missed him.

Alison Garen

January 22, 2020

Dr. Wolff started to take care of our rescue dogs when we first moved to Vienna in 2015. We had three painful goodbyes in that time, and Dr. Wolff showed such compassion and interest in getting the whole family through sad losses of beloved pets. I know he had many patients, but he always made me feel like my dogs were his top priority. He was so patient when I had to bring my kids and dogs in together, and it doesn't seem right that someone who cared so deeply and genuinely about animals and their families was taken so young. Dr. Wolff also helped us welcome 3 other rescue dogs over the years, and I was so looking forward to introducing him to our newest rescue fur baby. My thoughts go out to his wife and daughter, brother and parents, but I hope it brings a small amount of comfort to know that he was able to share his many gifts with us during his time here. I sincerely hope that my Dixie, Banjo and Penny welcomed him joyfully over the rainbow bridge, where he certainly earned a special spot. Rest in Peace Dr. Wolff, your love of animals will live on in our family's memory.

Lara and Greg Cyr

January 20, 2020

Dr Wolff was such a kind and gentle soul.

He added a bit of sunshine to any vet visit for our dogs, Colby and Jazz. His caring nature was so inspiring and calming.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Nikki Marwaha

January 20, 2020

Dr. Wolff will always be our first family vet. Dustin and I always discussed how we were so lucky to have found the best vet in the world for our three cats, Dmitri, Luka, and Khaleesi. Once, I had a fender bender on the way to Vienna Animal Hospital for Dmitri’s shots, and Dr. Wolff adjusted his schedule to see us even though we were late for the appointment. I was shaken up by the fender bender, and as I was telling him about it, my voice got shaky and tears came into my eyes. He kindly gave me a hug and made sure Dmitri was good too. I will never forget the understanding he gave that day to both of us. We pray for his gentle soul, and we will never forget him. RIP Dr. Wolff. You are irreplaceable.

The Peckd

January 20, 2020

Dr Wolff has been a member of our family as long as he's been a member of the Vienna animal hospital. I am so sorry for his loss to his loving family and our community.

Alma-Lynn Kamps

January 20, 2020

May time and prayers bring peace and comfort to all family and friends who knew Eric. So very sorry for your loss of this wonderful person in your life. You had him with you, for the time you did. Remember all the good and fun he gave to one and all!
Alma-Lynn Kamps, Pelican Preserve, Florida

Dan Hillman

January 18, 2020

I am stunned and grieved to get this news. I knew Eric in high school - from running cross-country and track with him. Eric was quiet and kind. But in a race, he was an absolute beast. I remember my sophomore year, his senior year, my dream, my resolve, was to beat Wolffy in a cross-country race. In one particular race, I came ready for a battle. Running together in the middle of the race, he surged on me on a hill, and I surged right back to stay even with him. A minute or so later, he surged again, and I surged right back still staying even. A third time he surged on me, and that was it. I ran a PR that day, but I couldn't keep up with Wolffy. Ever gracious in victory, he congratulated me for my PR and for making the race hard for him. At the same time, he chided me (in good fun) for letting a kid on the opposing team get between us in the last half mile.

My deepest condolences to Ethan and the whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember Eric as a humble beast. RIP.

Nicole Piche-Nicholas

January 17, 2020

I will always have fond memories of Eric. We were high school classmates, rode the same bus and were in a youth group together and I remember Eric as a kind, gentle person who would tell witty jokes. Please accept my sincere condolences.

John Geddes

January 17, 2020

My family and I are so deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Wolff’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

Dr. Wolff was a kind and compassionate man who was always at ease with our dogs, or creating an environment in which our dogs grew at ease with him. His gentle yet expert care have helped guide us through the raising of five large dogs over the years. When our big male Rottie - Brego - passed in June, I received a call from Dr. Wolff letting us know how sorry he was to hear of the news and checking on how our other dog was handling it. He didn’t have to do that. That’s just who he was.

Thank you, Dr. Wolff. You will be missed.

Mike Hill

January 16, 2020

Our family was heartbroken to hear of the passing of Dr. Wolff.
We brought our rescue dog Leroy to Dr. Wolff in November 2012 and have been with him ever since. He was such a wonderful person and Leroy always loved going to see him. Dr. Wolff kept treats in a drawer which he would always give to Leroy. We relied on Dr. Wolff for more than one emergency and he always called us back as soon as he could with advice. He had a very calming presence, was a genuine soul and we were all very fortunate to know him. The town of Vienna was lucky to have Dr. Wolff as their veterinarian and we will miss him dearly.

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