Robert William Wolf Jr., 66, of New Britain, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at home.
Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Robert W. Wolf Sr. and Clelia (Palazzo) Wolf. Robert was a former resident of Livonia, Mich., before moving back to New Britain. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Robert was formerly employed in the hardware industry as a sales representative for Emhart in Berlin, with sales territory in Michigan. He also worked as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Hartford, before retiring.
Robert was a Trustee and former President of the Donau Club in New Britain, where he was also in charge of Austrian Cultural Heritage and in promoting Austrian cultural traditions. At the Donau Club, he established a library, which contains German language books and magazines. Robert loved all things Austrian, and traveled to Austria and Germany many times. He was one of the leaders of a “Sister City” program between the City of New Britain and Rastatt, Germany. Robert was proud to have family in Minihof-Liebau and Vienna, Austria.
He will be remembered as a spirited debater on most any topic, and extremely well-read, especially with regard to history and culture. He was a lifelong learner, who taught himself the German language and how to play guitar.
Surviving are two sisters, Cheryl Wolf and her husband, Joseph Valenti, of Enfield, and Shelley Wolf of Niantic. Also surviving are many beloved cousins.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, 411 S. Main St., New Britain. Burial will be held privately in Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Donau Club, 545 Arch St., New Britain, CT 06051. Please share a memory of Robert with the family in the online guest book at www.ericksonhansen.com .