Robert Wolf of Cherry Hill passed away on March 15, 2021. He was 91.
He was the beloved husband of 69 years to Erma (nee Butchin), father of Alissa Wolf and Lon Wolf, adored grandfather of Mazie Katherine Wolf, and dear brother of Marcia Better and her husband, Ken. He also leaves behind his nephew, Alan Butchin, who was like a second son to him, his cherished former daughter-in-law Boni Wolf, other nieces and nephews and many close friends.
Born on March 6, 1930 to Jacob "Jack" Wolf, a Philadelphia police officer, and Henrietta (nee Kessler), "Bob" grew up in the Logan section of Philadelphia. He began working on Philadelphia's historic Jeweler's Row when he was just 11, initially as an errand boy. He continued to learn the jewelry trade, working his way up to salesman and then manager of Perloff's fine jewelry store. In 1961 at the age of 31, he opened his own fine jewelry boutique, Wolf Jewelers, which continued to operate at the same location at 8th and Walnut streets until 2019, when the Wolf family sold the building. His son, Lon, went to work at the store shortly after graduating from college, and continued to work there for the next 39 years.
In his younger days, Bob was a gifted athlete who enjoyed playing tennis and was a star player for the infamous Raleigh Beach Bums, a volleyball team that terrorized the Atlantic City beaches for years. He also was an avid jogger, who continued this activity into his 70s. In addition, he and his wife maintained a home at the Jersey shore for many years and were avid bike riders, who were summer fixtures along the shore byways into their early 80s.
Bob and his wife, Erma, had many friends and enjoyed going to parties and fine restaurants into their later years. He and his wife also traveled to the far corners of the world, from Europe to South America, Northern Africa, Mexico, Greece and many more.
The terms that family, friends and colleagues used to describe him upon learning of his passing were "a true gentleman," "a real class act," "a fun guy" and "an absolute mensch."
Bob was an exceptionally friendly, gregarious guy who loved to tell stories and jokes and just adored people, who adored him back. He loved life, and lived it to the fullest.
More than anything, Bob loved his family. He was a fiercely loyal supporter and protector of them, and was their rock through thick and thin. He was the best husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, father-in-law and friend to ever grace this planet.
As one of Bob's friend said, "When they made him, they broke the mold."
Although his passing has left a huge hole in our lives and hearts, we were all blessed to have had him in our lives as long as we did. His memory truly is a blessing.
(A celebration of life will be held at a later date, post-COVID.)