William Vincent Wolfe
July 19, 1925 – May 13, 2017
William Vincent Wolfe, 91, known as “Bill,” passed away on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. Born on July 19th, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana; he was the son of Dr. Frederick Jacob Wolfe and Elizabeth Bernard Wolfe. Bill graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans before receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Engineering from the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. He served in the US Navy, receiving an honorable discharge in 1951.
Bill met his wife, Simone Delprat, while working as a Marine Engineer on the ship “The Elizabeth Lykes” in 1952. Married a year later, they enjoyed 64 years of marriage while raising their four children, Monique, Michelle, Eric and Nicole.
Bill enjoyed watching the stock market, football, reading, photography and learning new things. Even at the age of 91, he could be found reading a new book on health, Nutrition or Investor’s Business Daily. Bill had a sweet tooth for dark chocolate and loved all dogs. On special occasions, Bill would play the accordion and sing along—completing the celebration.
Known by everyone as the “perfect man,” Bill set the bar high—he was faithful, kind, considerate, appreciative, intelligent and humorous. As someone who was thankful for every day, Bill never complained about anything and was always found in a good mood, regardless of the circumstances. Bill was a role model for many of his friends and family; he was well loved by all and will be greatly missed.
He loved his family, and greatly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren in Raleigh, Isabelle and Gabrielle Streeter, and Miranda and Clementine Wolfe.
William Vincent Wolfe
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May 17, 2017
I will forever cherish my friendship with Bill Pappy Wolfe. He was undoubtedly the greatest storyteller I have ever known. I never tired of his countless stories and adventures about growing up in New Orleans, being in the Merchant Marine (later US Navy) during WWII, out on the high seas as the Chief Engineer on a large oil tanker, and all his financial investment strategies regarding the stock market in later years. Even stories I had heard before were always fascinating to hear again, because usually there was a different twist or additional tidbits learned that made them spell binding all over again. During his stories, you always felt like you were right there at the time. Bill had an infectious laugh that would light up the room and could bring anybody to smile no matter how they felt. During the holiday season, he would bring out the accordion and play a joyful tune. Although is heartbreaking to lose Bill, it is comforting to know that he lived such a long and full life, substantially outliving his siblings and other family members through his healthy diet and frequent walks. I will never forget my good friend Bill Wolfe and the good times that we spent together. He was such a "special and unique person" whom I had much admiration for. I was truly blessed to have known him.
Tom & Pat Streeter
May 17, 2017
Grief can be so hard when we lose a cherished loved one such as Pappy. But our special times together help us cope. May your hearts soon be filled with all the wonderful memories and the countless joyful times together as you celebrate the long and good life of Bill. We will all cherish the memories forever. We are remembering you and your loved one today and always.