Robert J. Wolfe

Robert J. Wolfe

Robert J. Wolfe, 90, of Rochester, formerly of Medina and Dunkirk, passed away Sunday evening, June 16, 2024 at the Park Ridge Nursing Home in Rochester, NY. Born on April 30, 1934 in Dunkirk, son of the late Henry and Martha (Dekanski) Wolfe.

After graduating from Dunkirk High School in 1952, he pursued his academic aspirations at Fredonia State University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. He went on to attend Syracuse University, where he earned a master’s degree in Library Sciences. Robert’s career flourished as he worked in various school districts before settling into a long and fulfilling tenure at Pembroke Central School District from 1966 until his retirement in 1991.

In addition to his successful career, Robert served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958.

Bobby would also work as an Usher at Shea’s Theater and Studio Arena in Buffalo and Topaz Theater of Performing Arts in Medina.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Robert was known for his warm personality and easy-going nature. An animal lover at heart, he found joy in the companionship of his canine friend, Copper. Robert had a deep appreciation for music, particularly classical and opera genres, and enjoyed spending time reading and traveling. He often escaped the winters by traveling to South Carolina to live with his sister Martha, where they cherished memories together and time with his nieces and nephews.

One of Robert’s proudest achievements was being selected as the librarian for the World’s Fair in 1964. This opportunity showcased his expertise and passion for literature on a global stage, leaving an indelible mark on his legacy.

Bobby is survived by his sister Martha (James) Poland and brother Raymond H. (Theresa) Wolfe; nieces and nephews Ruth (Jack) Phillips, Judy Wolfe, Raymond R. Wolfe, James Wolfe, Tricia Poland, Laurie (Bruce) Torrence, Amy (Max) Buot, Richard Poland and Patrick Poland. Also survived by many great nieces and nephews.

Preceding Robert are his parents Henry J. and Martha (Dekanski) Wolfe.

Relatives and friends are welcome to attend calling hours on Sunday, June 23, 2024 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home in Dunkirk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 24, 2024 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dunkirk Public Library, 536 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY 14048.