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William J. “Bill” Wolfe

August 24th, 2019

William J. Wolfe, “Bill”, age 75, of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 23, 2019.

Bill was born on June 3, 1944 in Medford; he was the son of the late Francis Wolfe and Isabel (Starrat) Wolfe. Bill was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School.

Bill met the love of his life Betty (Ellis) Wolfe while working in Boston and the two were inseparable ever since that day. Shortly after, Bill and Betty married in 1964 and began a family. They proudly shared 55 years of unconditional love and many, many fond times together.

During their years of raising five children and many animals, Bill and Betty started Wolfe Real Estate in Wilmington. Bill and Betty became one of Wilmington’s top real estate companies and welcomed hundreds of home buyers to Wilmington. Bill’s clients and colleagues will remember his sense of humor, dedication and knowledge for the Wilmington real estate market.

Bill was a family man who had the utmost love for his family; they made countless memories at Lake Ossipee and Waterville Valley. His pride and joy in life was his grandchildren. He never missed one of their hockey games, recitals, birthdays or special moments. He made friends wherever he went and treated everyone like a member of his family.

Bill was a Boston Sports fanatic and an avid watcher of the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots. He enjoyed “Football Sundays” after his Open Houses and spending summers on the boat. He was an all-around Wilmington native and enjoyed giving back to his community. One of Bill’s fondest memories was taking his Midget hockey team to Newfoundland.

Bill was the beloved husband of Betty (Ellis) Wolfe, devoted father of Robert Trites & his wife Lynn of Elma, NY, Melissa Wolfe, Laurie (Wolfe) McHugh & her husband Tommy, William C. Wolfe, Carolyn (Wolfe) Giroux & her husband John, all of Wilmington, loving “Pa” of Jillian, Amanda, Patrick, Taylor, Brian, Shannon, Joey, Samantha, Shelby, Shawn, Steven, Brandon and Dalton, Great-Grandfather of Ayden, Lilah, Sophia and the soon to be Mason William, dear brother of Elaine (Wolfe) Dingle & her late husband Larry of Billerica, Mary (Wolfe) & her husband, Angelo, of Mount Sinai, NY and the late Stephen Wolfe of Fort Myers, Florida. Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews and special friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington on Wednesday, August 28th at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, August 27th from 4-8 p.m.

Bill was an avid animal lover and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970.

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15 Entries in Guest Book for “William J. “Bill” Wolfe”

  1. Joe Brooks says:

    Condolences, thoughts & prayers to the family & friends of Bill. Rest In Peace. Love Joe Brooks & family.

  2. Joan Phillips says:

    Melissa and Jillian and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do for you please don’t hesitate to ask

  3. The DeFuria Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family at this time. We’ll miss seeing Bill driving the boat and hanging out with his family up in Ossipee. Love the DeFuria Family

  4. Judite M Marchany de Castro says:

    our condolences from the Marchany de Castro family to your family. May he rest in peace.

  5. Arleen & Bill Harris says:

    Dear Betty, Carolyn and Family. We were so saddened to hear of Billy’s passing. I have fond memories of working at Wilson Wolfe and how my little dog Elvis loved to run upstairs to visit both of you. I was fortunate enough to receive a call from him last month and had a nice conversation about the next phase of his life and how he hoped to Visit Marco Island. Our hearts go out to all of you.
    Always, Arleen & Bill

  6. Susan Onessimo/Taylor says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss Mrs Wolfe (Susan @Lakeside Hair Care)

  7. Bill Breen says:

    So sad to hear this news. Bill was a great guy. My sympathies to the Wolfe and extended families.

  8. Racheal Roberts says:

    Rob and Lynn – I am so very sorry for your loss. I am thinking about you and your family. xoxo Rach

  9. Dave and Nancy maidrand says:

    Our condolences we are saddened by lost of our best friend Billy our prayers thoughts are with Betty and family!May he Rest In Peace!

  10. earl t. beshong, jr. says:

    am rocked hearing this! all my sympathy, Betty. and to the entire family and to include all the animals. with His help we’ll see you all tomorrow and wednesday. Love, budge

  11. Lynne Wagstaff says:

    Bob, my condolences to you and your family.

  12. Chuck & Alberta Huntley says:

    To Betty and the entire Wolfe family. We are very sad to learn of Bill’s passing. Bill & I have been best friends for more than 60 years. We share so many great memories and laughs. Bill, we will miss you. Rest in Peace.

  13. Mary Krol says:

    Jillian,
    So sorry to hear about your grandfather. Rest in Peace Pa. Xoxo

  14. BetteJean Conrad says:

    Dear Betty and family – I just heard of Bill’s passing and was so sorry to hear. He will be missed by so many. I think of you often and remember the visits at our luncheons. Rest in Peace Bill

  15. Robert Vets says:

    Loving family of Billy Wolfe,

    Both my wife Susan Verge Vets and myself had the pleasure of spending four wonderful years with Bill from 1958 as scared freshman thru 1962 as sassy confident seniors to take on the world. His love of life and a special sense of humor with fellow classmates will always be with Susan and myself. Bill now will be bringing smiles to those he is now with in the new world.

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