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WOLFE, Thomas F.
WOLFE - Thomas F. Thomas was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and made numerous contributions to the Buffalo community, both in his youth and elder years. He passed away on June 18, 2015 in Santa Rosa, CA. He was 80. Thomas was the son of Anne M. Wolfe and Louis I. Wolfe, and the second eldest of nine siblings. Growing up, Tom was passionate and pursued his love of music and sports, particularly basketball. He attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. While at St. Joseph's, he held the WNY Catholic League's point record, and captained the 1952 Courier-Express All-Catholic basketball team; that year he shattered the league scoring record with 408 points in 18 games, for 22.67 points average per game. After the early loss of his parents, he helped raise his siblings while putting himself through college and law school. Thomas attended St. Joseph's, Niagara College where he was on a basketball scholarship, received a BS from Canisius College and attended UCLA and then University at Buffalo Law School. A lifelong supporter of the Buffalo community, he retained many friendships in the area and supported many local educational institutions including St. Joseph's, Canisius College and University at Buffalo Law School as a member of the University Founder's Society. Tom moved to California in the mid 60s. A lawyer by profession, he boldly left a senior corporate counsel role at McKesson in the late 70s to pursue real estate investment. A real estate visionary, he started Sleepy Hollow Investment Company, and invested in a variety of properties in the north, south and east bay of Northern California. His love for the outdoors and agriculture also led him to develop and manage vineyards in the Monterey, CA area. Fiercely independent, Tom lived according to his own code, valuing truth, loyalty and generosity above all. In his twenties, he spent time in the Peace Corps and working for the United Farmworkers to secure farm worker rights. Throughout his life he very generously supported many organizations in the arts, education and social services. His quiet leadership, strength of character and conviction were a role model for many family and friends. Tom supported many educational institutions throughout his life. Tom had two daughters, Kirsten and Gretchen with his wife Diane. He later married Barbara Ahmajan in 1984. In their 31 years together, they found in each other unrivaled love, respect and spirit of adventure. Tom had five grandchildren who loved him dearly: Victoria, Holden, William, Dashiell and Nicholas. His sons-in-law, Andrew Brown and Lee Hansen were both inspired by his wit and sense of adventure, and greatly admired his love for his family. He is also survived by his siblings Eileen Ryan, Richard Wolfe, Louis Paul Wolfe, Robert Wolfe and James Wolfe. As he recently said to one of his daughters, he lived a life luckier than he ever thought possible. We all think we are the lucky ones to have shared so many wonderful years with him, and we are so proud to call ourselves his loved ones. It is with a very heavy heart we say goodbye to your body, but your spirit will be with us always. We love you.