WILMINGTON — Eric Wolfe, 37, passed away Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Wolfe; stepfather, James Beasley; and step-siblings, Darin Helms, James Bonham, Tamara Beasley Weathers and John Beasley; as well as his step-grandmother, Loretta Gunter.
Eric was born in Wilmington to the late Paul “Zeke” Wolfe Jr. and Betty Schmitt. Farm life had taught Eric not only hard work and responsibility, but above all, the love and understanding of animals, values Eric continued to exhibit for his entire life. Eric had an amazing touch and approach towards animals, especially for those in need. Eric’s father, who was of Cherokee descent, instilled in Eric a deep love of nature that he truly cherished. Eric loved camping and the peace and quiet of the woods. It was here where he was most at peace.
In school, Eric exceeded expectations and was an eager student. He found a sanctuary in reading and discovered many of his life’s passions as a result. Literature and science, especially chemistry, being just some of note. He also developed many deep friendships with people who became like a second family to him. Kevin Warford, Jerry Bonham and Ted Newton where some of his constant companions throughout high school, and later, Tim Coleman, Marcie Coleman, Ashlee Newton and Ashley Howard added to the crew.
In 2005, Eric married Anna Olszacka, a Polish exchange student, and they stayed happily married for 13 years. During this time together, Eric was instrumental in helping Anna navigate the new culture she found herself immersed in. It was because of him that she grew to love this country and call it home. With no children of their own, they sheltered many cats throughout the years that Eric saved and adopted.
Eric was a professional power line worker for more than a decade starting at Davis H. Elliot and later on moving to Mastec, where his experience earned him a reputation for having a “mission impossible guy” kind of status, working on difficult or demanding jobs.
His unconventional approach and sense of humor, as well as his generosity and kindness, made Eric a special part of the lives of his closest friends and family. He was deeply loved, and his passing leaves us in inconsolable pain for his loss. This world truly lost a good, genuine and compassionate man. Eric, you were loved and you will be missed.
Eric’s family and friends would like to thank the staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, especially to Angela and Roger, Eric’s nurses who attended to Eric day and night during his last days.
A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, at Andrew’s Valley Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Felines.
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