Thomas “Tom” Robert Wolf passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on Nov. 6, 2019, at the age of 65. His passing came after living with ALS for 22 months. Tom handled the progression of his disease with the same dignity and grace as the life he lived.
Tom was born on June 24, 1954, to Robert Wolf and Josephine (During) Wolf. As a boy he developed a passion for building and flying radio controlled-model airplanes, a hobby his father supported and nurtured. Tom would go on to specialize in scratch-building scale World War II aircraft, ultimately becoming a grand champion in the Scale Masters competitive circuit, as well as being a master craftsman boat builder.
He was also an avid water-skier and a skilled photographer. Tom loved to tend his gardens, and he cherished time spent in nature with his family.
After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1977 with a major in mechanical engineering, Tom devoted his professional life to a career with Raytheon as a mechanical engineer in the company’s electronic warfare division retiring as Engineering Fellow.
He married his loving wife Deborah (Dunlap) Wolf in 1979, and together the couple raised four children Peter, Brigitta, Gregory and Kimberly. Tom was a loving father and husband who always made time for his family and forever set an example of what it means to be a good person with impeccable strength and integrity.
After retiring in 2011, Tom and Debbie spent many years traveling and enjoying retirement together.
Tom was a beautiful man in so many ways, and he will truly be missed by all those who had the good fortune to know him. He is survived by his wife Debbie; his four children Pete (Jennifer), Brigitta (Mark), Gregory (Aryn), Kimberly (Hart); grandchildren Asa (Jennifer), Renee (Robert), Zachary, Ryan, Pierce, Sara, Kane and baby girl on the way; his five great-grandsons Jaxson, Taylor, Elliot, Alexander and Ari; and his two siblings Fran (Patrick) and Don (Barbara).
Tom leaves a very large extended family and many friends who loved him dearly. Our family will always deeply grateful to Tom’s wonderful doctors and caregivers.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be after the first of the year. If you wish to donate in Tom’s memory, donations can be made to ALS Golden West Chapter Agoura Hills, http://webgw.alsa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=GW_homepage; Hospice of Santa Barbara, http://www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org/; or Central Coast Hospice, http://www.centralcoasthospice.com.