NORMAN — The Noble community is mourning the sudden passing of a long-time Noble resident and community volunteer. Jim Wolf died unexpectedly this past week and Noble residents are not only saddened by his passing, they are remembering the many things he did for the community.
“He was part of the fabric of our community,” said Robin Parker, community volunteer and Noble Chamber Board member. “He was such a part of all of our daily lives. He was the go-to guy. He was passionate about everything he did.”
An active member of the Noble Chamber of Commerce for many years, Wolf supported the Chamber and the community in many ways by printing flyers for the Noble Farmer’s Market and community announcements to be distributed to the schools without complaint and rarely with a charge.
Wolf was recently elected to serve on the board of directors of the Noble Chamber.
In January, the Chamber honored Wolf for his dedicated service with its “Above and Beyond” award. At the Chamber board meeting earlier this week, members held a moment of silence in his honor and discussed how excited Wolf had been about joining the board where he could help promote the “shop Noble” campaign he had advocated for years. This week’s meeting would have been Wolf’s first.
Police Chief Keith Springstead, who worked alongside Wolf at many community events and who knew him as a friend said in an email, “Wolf was a leader and outspoken advocate in his ‘shop Noble’ and ‘shop local’ campaigns. Wolf had compassion and enthusiasm for his business and community, always willing to step up and donate his time, merchandise and help at local events.”
Another longtime Noble resident, Robin Stead, a lawyer and owner of Café 77, echoed Springstead’s sentiments when she described how Wolf would call her a few minutes before closing up his shop, Wolf Laser on Main Street, and ask her how many business reminder cards she’d need the next morning for the Chamber’s Community Coffee event.