Gov. Tom Wolf's father, Bill Wolf, dies at age 95

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Bill Wolf, the father of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, died Friday afternoon at age 95.

The governor’s office said arrangements were pending and did not immediately disclose where the death occurred.

Because of his father’s death, Wolf canceled his participation in the 9/11 observance Sunday at the site of the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Bill Wolf was a businessman in a family with deep roots in Pennsylvania’s York County, where the town of Mount Wolf is named after a family ancestor.

The governor has continued to live in Mount Wolf since taking office, with his parents’ home just a few blocks away.

According to his obituary, Bill Wolf attended Dartmouth College and served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

He was the fifth generation to run The Wolf Organization, becoming chairman and president of the company. He was also a founder of York Federal Savings and Loan and a member of the board of directors of GTE, York Container Corp. and the Merchants and Business Men's Mutual Insurance Co.

Tom Wolf and his cousins eventually purchased the Wolf Organization, which sold kitchen cabinets and building products, and the governor's shares were sold last year, when a private equity firm became majority owner.

Bill Wolf's community work included terms as chairman of the organization that became the United Way of York County, the Penn State York Board of Trustees and York Heart Association and seats on the board of directors for York Hospital, Memorial Hospital and Crispus Attucks Association. He was a founder of Better York Inc. and helped build the York County Community foundation, the obituary said. He was president of the Rotary Club of York.

A private service is planned. Diehl Funeral Home in Mount Wolf is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fund for York County at the York County Community Foundation were requested.

William T. Wolf, father of gov. Tom Wolf, died Friday.