The man who inspired the naming of Winter Park’s Wolf Park
November 28, 2015
WINTER PARK — Bob Wolf, a well-known Denver based developer who helped to usher the Fraser Valley's growth, remembers watching the valley transform with the help of his father who passed away on Nov. 10 after 85 years of life.
His father George Wolf was responsible for developing Ice Box Estates in the Fraser Valley as well as Alpine Timbers. He also donated the land where Wolf Park now sits to the Town of Winter Park, something that will keep the Wolf legacy strong in the Fraser Valley.
Ron Jones, managing partner for Cooper Creek Square, commented he had nothing but the highest respect for George Wolf. "He was a kind and considerate person with a lot of foresight who had a lot of impact on the community," he said.
George Wolf first came to Grand County during his summers in college when he worked as a surveyor in Grand Lake. It was during those Grand Lake summers he learned to love the mountains, according to Bob Wolf. Those summers spent in Grand Lake would eventually lead George to begin acquiring property in the Fraser Valley, which started the long legacy of the Wolf name in the valley.
Though his son remembers his father as a "sideline player" for the community, mainly because the Wolfs lived in Denver, he knew a lot of people in the community and a lot of people knew him.
"Everybody knew him in the community, which was great and exactly how he wanted it," Bob said. But, "he didn't like all of the pomp and circumstance."
Bob remembers spending all of his weekends and summers in the Fraser Valley before relocating to the Valley in the early '70s. He has called the Valley home since relocating here and has raised a daughter in Winter Park, and recently became a proud grandfather.
George's passing came after a long life of working hard and being active, and his son remembers "no one ever sat down in our family."
Even in the weeks leading up to his passing, George traveled to Switzerland to take a river barge for a ride to Amsterdam, though according to Bob, his father was content sitting in his chair and watching the world go by.
In the last 20 years, the Colorado winters became too cold for his father and he spent a good amount of time at the family's condo in Florida, where he passed, Bob said.
Though the winters became too cold, George's connection to the valley remained strong. So strong in fact that one of his father's last requests was to have his ashes spread at the family's cabin in the Fraser Valley.
The funeral of George truly celebrated the life of the man.
"There was no somber service for him," Bob said. "He was a happy guy and we made sure we took him out in style."
The Wolf name will hold its legacy in the valley through Wolf Park as well as Bob's service to the community. He served on the Winter Park town council in past years and has held the position of president of the Winter Park Water and Sanitation district for 20 years.
George's dedication to the Valley is instilled in his son. "Winter Park will always be my home," Bob said.
The Wolf family will have a celebration of George's life in Denver at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Christ the King Lutheran Church on 2300 South Patton Court. Anyone is welcome to attend the celebration.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334