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Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home

1100 Greenleaf Ave, Wilmette, IL

OBITUARY

Peter Matthew Wulff

January 10, 1978July 7, 2019

Peter Matthew Wulff passed away suddenly on July 7, 2019 at the age of 41. Loving son of Robert and Marion Wulff, devoted brother of Andrew (Regina) Wulff, Ellen (Drew) McCormick, and Stephen Wulff. Proud uncle of William, Grant, and Duncan McCormick, and Jonathan Wulff. Passionate about music, chess, literature, film, sports, social justice, and politics. Multi-instrumentalist, gifted songwriter, lifelong bandmate to countless friend-filled groups. Director of Education at Riveredge Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Forest Park, IL, where he dedicated his life’s work treating and counseling marginalized youth, as well as establishing the suicide prevention program. Empathetic, compassionate, humble, funny, intellectually curious, naturally cool without having to try, caring, and generous person. The wake is Thursday, July 11th from 4-8pm at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100 Greenleaf Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091. The funeral service is on Friday, July 12th at 10:30am at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1024 Lake Ave., Wilmette. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chess Without Borders: Peter Wulff Scholarship, 5 Sara Lane, Barrington, IL 60010.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 12, 2019

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Kiran Frey

July 15, 2019


Our family has known the Wulffs for the last 35 years but I know Peter for the last 12 years. Peter and I were working on a program that uses chess as a treatment modality for reducing anxiety among behaviorally disturbed youth. With his understanding and intense commitment to the program the youth were responding well to his intervention.
Peter was an exceptionally gifted human being. In fact, on a family trip to Germany some years ago Peter was so perfect as a travel companion that he was given the name “God”. He had a unique combination of skills that are rare all together in one person. He combined high intelligence with kindness, humility, humor, affection, listening, curiosity, wit and openness. I could go on and on. He used these skills to heal and care that brought so much joy in all our lives.
To honor his memory, I am working with a school in Delhi India to be named the “Peter Wulff school”. This school is on the banks of the river Yamuna and it provides basic education to children of day laborers. Some of us from Barrington Il have visited this school. If any of you are travelling to India you are all welcome to visit, volunteer and develop this school with your ideas. Peter would have liked that others benefit from his dedication to family, friends and children.
In our moments of intense grief, I want to leave with this quote from an author that made an impact on me years ago
“It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
Our lives are richer because we knew Peter.

James Ziegler

July 11, 2019

I only met Peter a few times, but he was always so nice to me and my family . I remember talking to him about the Chicago Bulls and having a beer with him. So sad to hear the news of his passing . My condolences to the Wulff family .

Cathy Wulff Merz

July 10, 2019

Thinking of Peter and all of you as I am unable to make it to celebrate Peters life. With only 6 of us cousins on the Wulff side and Peter being the oldest of Uncle Bobs kids , I always felt like he was the younger brother Susan and I never had. From babysitting him as a youngster and playing hours of hide and seek and tickle torture to enjoying hearing about his life in Chicago, his music and his work he was one of the sweetest and kindest people I ever met. I only wish we’d lived closer as adults. So grateful for the Wulff’s visit to Portland last year. May Peter Rest In Peace and may we all find comfort in the fact that I know he’s looking down on us surrounded by my dad, Grandma and Grandpa Wulff and Great Grandma Newbury who surely welcomed him with a warm embrace. Hugs to Aunt Marion, Uncle Bob, Andrew, Ellen ,Stephen and all your families from Oregon.

Pam Weinert-Frech

July 10, 2019

Dear Marion, Bob, Ellen, Drew, Andrew, Regina and Steven:

Words are fragile, inadequate substitutes for the emotions and sympathy I feel for all of you. I am so deeply sad that Peter has died.

My hope is that you all find comfort in each other, and in your many fond memories of Peter. You wrote a beautiful description of who he was and the many gifts he gave to so many people.
God Bless and comfort you all
Love Pam and Tom Frech

Diana Turner

July 10, 2019

So saddened to hear this news. I had the pleasure of watching Pete teach the kids at Riveredge when I worked on the kids' unit. It was great to be in the day room when he walked in with his giant keyboard and cart. he was a great musician, always had everyone engaged and he was loved by kids and staff alike. Rest in peace, Mr. Pete. You will be missed.

Linda & Jim Brown

July 10, 2019

Loved this young man....our heart aches that he is not with us any more.....cherish the memories of him walking through the door of our Barrington house so often....always a smile on his face, polite to a fault, a friend to my son, a pleasure to be around......taken from all of us way to soon.......we are heavy of heart.
Its so hard to forget someone who gave us so much in so many ways......
One more star will rise in the sky tonight....God speed ol' son.........

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY