Thomas D. Wolff


Thomas Daniels Wolff, 66, of Kelso, Wash., died at Hospice Care Center in Longview, Wash., on May 18, 2011.

Tom was born March 2, 1945, to the late Dr. John S. Wolff Jr. and Emma (Daniels) Wolff in Rochester, N.Y. Tom grew up in Corning, New York, where he delivered papers for the Corning Leader, and he graduated from Corning Northside High School. He graduated from University of Buffalo (SUNY) with a degree in library science. Some years later he got his masters degree in library science in Washington state.

He taught linguistics at North Shore Community College in Beverly, Mass., and also at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Tom worked for various corporations over the years and recently worked for and did all the computer work for H&H Self-Storage in Longview.

He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous, he enjoyed learning and teaching, and he was a member of the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge and the Universalist Church. Tom embraced Zen Buddhism.

Tom is survived by his love and companion Candice Rickles of Kelso; stepsons Tim Ehhalt and Patrick Ehhalt, both of California; brothers John Wolff of New Jersey, Bruce Wolff of Virginia, and Roswell Wolff of Singapore; his stepmother (“Mom”) for 60 years, Eck Wolff of Edgartown; and many loving friends, among them Nadine Clark and Betty Cosgrove.

Memorial donations may be made to Elks Restricted Scholarship Fund, c/o Kelso-Longview Elks, 900 Ash Street, Kelso, WA 98626 or a charity of one’s own choice.

A celebration of his life was held on Monday, May 23, at the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge with Exalted Ruler Susan Sherwin officiating.

Arrangements are by Dahl-Mc Vickers Funeral Home, 301 Cowlitz Way, Kelso, WA 98626-4109.