Robert 'Bob''s Story
Robert 'Bob' Wolfe, 71, of Pensacola, FL, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Bob was born November 9, 1945 in Lockport, NY. Bob passed away peacefully with his family and friends at his side.
Bob graduated from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and was commissioned shortly after as a naval officer in 1967. Following his commissioning, Bob started his flight training in Pensacola and was later designated as a Naval Aviator. Bob served at multiple duty station locations and flew helicopters during operational assignments in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Bob had extensive combat time in Vietnam as a helicopter gunship pilot. Bob kept quiet about his service and didn't tell many people that he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 33 Air Medals-three of which were Strike. Bob loved his time in the Navy and the lifelong friendships that he and his family made along the way. His last tour before retiring returned him back to Pensacola where he decided to put down roots.
A man of many names - Robert, Shipmate, Bob, Dad, Frick, Air Boss, Papa, Wolfeman and Silent Bob to name a few. He sometimes didn't say much, but when he did - you had to listen. Bob was an outstanding father who always put his family's needs before his own. Bob loved the water and he loved sailing the No Nay Never and Easy Day in and around Pensacola Bay. Bob's favorite thing to do was to be on his boat with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Wolfe of Lockport, NY. Bob is survived by his mother, Jean Wolfe of Lockport, NY; a sister, Carol (Tony) Ziblut of Newfane, NY; his wife, Eileen Wolfe of Pensacola, FL; son, Matthew (Stephanie) Wolfe of Naples, Italy; daughters, Katie Wolfe of West Palm Beach, FL and Annie (Ben) MacNeil of San Diego, CA; son, Patrick (Bailey) Wolfe of Pensacola, FL; granddaughters, Parker Wolfe, Claire Wolfe and Abbie Wolfe all of Naples, Italy; and a grandson, Henry MacNeil of San Diego, CA.
A Memorial Mass was held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Pensacola, FL. Graveside Navy Honors and placement was at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola.
Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel, Pensacola, FL handled arrangements. Condolences at harpermorrismemorialchapel.com.
Published on August 24, 2017