Thomas W. 'Wolfie' Wolfarth, 42,
Longtime paramedic and flight medic
Published: Thursday, June 25, 2009 Delaware County Daily Times
Reprinted with permission
Thomas W. "Wolfie" Wolfarth, 42, of Havertown, Haverford, a longtime paramedic and flight medic, died June 22 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Wolfarth graduated from Conestoga High School. He was the chief paramedic for Delaware County Memorial Hospital and a Penn Star flight medic.
Mr. Wolfarth was previously employed as an EMT for a private ambulance company in Guthriesville and as a paramedic for Haverford Township, Chester County Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, and Springfield Hospital, where he was director of paramedics.
Mr. Wolfarth was a member of the Delaware County Emergency Services Committee and received numerous awards for his work, including a commendation from the Philadelphia Fire Department for helping to rescue a worker who got trapped in a trench in October 2001 and a heroism award from West Goshen Township for using CPR to save the life of a resident in May 2000.
Mr. Wolfarth loved fast cars and going on long rides on his motorcycle. He also liked to watch baseball, especially the Phillies and his favorite player Jimmy Rollins, and football and college basketball.
In addition to working on cars and bikes, his hobbies included working out, spending time with his family down the shore, reading, hiking, cooking, jazz and blues music, and relaxing with a good red wine, glass of Crown Royal or cigar.
Mr. Wolfarth had a great way with kids, who were drawn to him. He was known for a positive disposition regardless of circumstances and an ever-present smile.
Survivors: Daughter, Allison Wolfarth of Broomall; father, Theodore G. Wolfarth of Downingtown; mother, Ruth J. Aul Wolfarth of Havertown; companion, Mary Agnes Boyle of Havertown; siblings, David Wolfarth of Naples, Fla., Ronald Wolfarth of Oakboro, N.C., Maryanne Smith of Exton and George Wolfarth of Linwood.
Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Matthias Church, 128 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bala Cynwyd.
Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Friday and 8:30-9:15a.m. Saturday, Donohue Funeral Home, 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby.
Burial: SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Marple.
Contributions: Delaware County Regional cancer Center, 2100 Keystone Ave., Drexel Hill, PA 19026 or American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018.