Big Brothers Big Sisters of NEI Founder Don Wolf Passes at Age 90

Don Wolf, at the age of 90, passed away earlier today. A man of strong values and convictions, Don saw the best in everyone. Don embodied a passion for service and created a legacy of building up others. Using these gifts, he served as president and CEO of Do it Best Corp. for more than 25 years. Don was a man of many talents and his passion for service was extensive. He served as the first president of Big Brothers of Greater Fort Wayne, which eventually lead to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana as the organization is now known. His influence didn’t stop there as he also began Study Connection in 1989 with Fort Wayne Community Schools that helps train volunteer tutors to assist students every year. He lived by 4 keys to success, and success he achieved, receiving various honors and accolades. He was always humble. In honor of Don Wolf’s 90th birthday earlier this year, Do it Best Corp. created the Big DONation, an offer to match up to $90,000 of donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters. At the unveiling event, Don acknowledged others instead of himself, spoke a few words, and even pledged a large donation himself to kickoff the fundraiser. Don Wolf will be sorely missed.

CEO of BBBSNEI and friend to Don, Josette Rider, shared, “Don was at the heart of everything we did and everything we do. He was an inspiration, a mentor, a confidant. On those bad days, he was there to boost your spirits and to say, “We can keep doing this, we’ll get through this.” And on the great days, he would celebrate you and make you feel like you were making a difference in the community. Everyone that knew Don understood he brought an optimistic and supportive attitude to make you feel better about yourself, better about our community, and better about the world. Don will truly be missed by everyone across Northeast Indiana, but especially those of us here at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

In sharing some of Don’s memories with a new Board member, he said, “I was also inspired by how dedicated he was to worthy causes all the way until the end. I’m not sure if it’s even possible to pick up the torch and carry on where people like Don Wolf left off, but I suppose it is up to us to try. Such big shoes to fill… And an amazing legacy left, by a remarkable human being.”

At this time we would like to keep his family and beloved wife of 69 years, Virginia in our hearts and prayers. You can read more about Don Wolf and his impact here:

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