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Date of Passing: Oct 28, 2021

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With broken hearts, but deeply loving spirits, family and friends grieve the passing of Zachary John Wolff of Winnipeg.
Zachary was known to all as a devoted husband, daddy, son, brother, friend, colleague. Always with a ready smile, a sparkle in his eyes and a "can-do, will-do" spirit, he was a man who made important differences to all he touched.
Zachary was taken from us suddenly at age 35 on October 28, 2021, while in the U.S. on business.
He is loved and will be loved forever, mourned now by his wife, Shea, beautiful son Jasper, his mother Kristal, sisters, Julia and Natalie, in-laws, Patti and Jerry, Shea's sister Maggie and Lisa, Zach's maternal grandmother Lily Slobod, his paternal Uncle Ted and Aunt Christel, and many other family members and friends.
Zachary accomplished so much in his short life that can't be captured here. He was a professional engineer and earned his MBA while working full-time with Boeing. What began as an academic project became a novel bio-science-based technology firm he founded in Winnipeg. He was its CEO for several years, working around the world. His entrepreneurial drive was widely celebrated. Most recently he put his heart and soul into Emergent BioSolutions in Winnipeg and Baltimore.
Zach's insatiable intellect and joyful spirit brought him to love music, adventure, solving problems, studying, current affairs, the natural and academic world, all that life had to offer. Family was always at the center of his soul. He was known and loved for his humour, compassion, verve, and beautiful, caring heart.
Zach was a Renaissance man, a combination of intellect and physical strength. He was as comfortable building things as designing them, managing big projects or building Lego with his cherished son. He always reached for the sky; now his is one of the brightest stars to be seen when our gaze turns upward.
Proud of his roots as a son of Alberta, he is gone to be with his departed father, Horst Wolff. But he will be with us forever, missed and loved all the days that forever holds.
A phrase Zach used a lot, words that meant much to him, words he had tattooed on himself, seem apt now: 'So it goes..." You are so loved, Zach.
Arrangements in care of Mosaic Funeral Services (204) 275-5555

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • My condolences go out to the family of Zach and Megan Wolff on their untimely passing. I used to be enrolled in the same aquatics club as Jeff and Tammy and was blessed to attend pool parties at Gord & Tricia's residence. - Posted by: Philip (Friend of the Hardts) on: Jan 05, 2022

  • My deepest condolences go out to the Wolff family on the passing of their most recent family member. I intend to do the sacrament of reconciliation to commemorate the loss of a gentle and kind teacher and an act of charity to remember a leader because of the leader's willingness to listen to the needs of others. - Posted by: Philip (A Parishioner at the location where the Caputo family worships) on: Jan 02, 2022

  • I wanted to express my deepest condolences for your loss. I enjoyed the opportunity to work with Zach at Emergent BioSolutions- his energy and vision on how to make the world a better place will be missed. Laura - Posted by: Laura Saward (Colleague) on: Nov 18, 2021

  • We are numb in learning the sad news. I had the ensure of being Zack's obit for 18 months while with the bio start up. Never had I experienced a person with such drive, natural curiosity and ability to figure literally anything out. The world is a little least fascinating or bright in the absence of Zack. His infectious grin was always a sign of " we'll figure this out". To Shea and Jasper, our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Nelson Barrett (Co worker) on: Nov 15, 2021

  • My deepest condolences go out to the family of a very well-known benefactor. - Posted by: Philip Bialk (Proud parishoner and Adult Group member at Holy Rosary Parish) on: Nov 12, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Shea, Jasper, Kristal, Julia, Nathalie and the many family members at the sudden passing of Zach. May God wipe away all tears and surround you with His everlasting love in this great time of sorrow. - Posted by: Corry Morcos (friend) on: Nov 11, 2021

  • Zach was an awesome little kid when he and his big sister Julia joined our family. We looked forward to every opportunity we had for Zach to come visit – he was always so entertaining! We were all especially excited for his visit when we had the opportunity to meet his lovely wife Shea. We will be forever thankful for all the cherished memories we have of our time spent with Zach! We loved him and will miss him. This is truly heartbreaking and we send our sincere condolences to everyone who loved him! Uncle Steve and Aunt Alice xo - Posted by: Alice and Steve Wood (Aunt and Uncle) on: Nov 11, 2021

  • Jerry handed Shea over to you on their Wedding Day: To Love Her, To Protect Her, To Cherish Her, and to teach her how to reach for the Stars and that anything is possible! Thank you for taking care of our Daughter with such Gentle Hands and giving her the Courage and Strength to continue on with her life without you. Plus, the best for last......Thank you for giving us Jasper (The Apple of his Papa and Anna's Eyes). - Posted by: Jerry and Patti Painter (Son-in-Law) on: Nov 10, 2021

  • Eternal Rest in Peace Zach. I am in shock to hear that you are no longer with us. I cherish the conversations we had when you were venturing out to start your own company. I appreciated your views/feedback/comments on the tasks/projects we worked on. You will be missed by all, especially your loved ones and your young son Jasper. - Posted by: Mahendra Ramrattan (Colleague from Boeing) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • I have known Zach since he was a young boy. He has always shown a joy for life and a can do attitude. I loved to see the special relationship he had with my brother Murdoch. All his social media aptly portrayed his loving caring relationships with those in his extended family but mostly his loving wife Shea and adoring son Jasper. Our hearts are broken. Love from Aunt Anita and Uncle Peter. - Posted by: Davis M.Anita (Step Aunt) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • Shea, I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband sounds like he was a wonderful, caring, unique person. You and your son are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Mona-Lisa Lauzé (Coworker of Shae) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences are extended to Shea, Jasper & the Wolff family. I had the pleasure of working with Zach at Boeing. He was bright, adventurous, full of life & energy & always wore a smile. I’ll never forget Zach breaking his ankle at his destination wedding. We laughed with him. Then along came Jasper! Zach was elated! Jack (another of Zach’s coworkers ) and I bought Jasper a little gift, a baby tuxedo (Zach was always dressed to the nines) & a fleece Winnie the Poo blanket which apparently Jasper fell in love with. Zach you made an impact on so many lives, your smile & go-getter done attitude made a renewed freshness for some of us old timers. Zach you will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for making a difference in my life. Peace be with you Zach. Until we meet again. - Posted by: Laverne Swanson (Previous co-worker at Boeing) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • Zach will be missed in so many ways to so many souls. For us his fun and friendly smile at family gatherings will forever be missing. We are proud of what he accomplished in his young life and how well you have done as a family together. Our hearts break to think that our family has lost one of our younger generation far too soon. Hugs - Posted by: Cathy & Murray (Aunt and Uncle ) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to Shea, Jasper and family. Beautiful obituary. - Posted by: Twilla and Jeff Stevenson (Friends of the family.) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Zak’s many loved ones. I had the opportunity to work with Zak while he was employed at Boeing, Wpg. His passions and keen intellect were frequently revealed in his work projects. His love of family was a recurring theme that ennobled him to his colleagues. The words: “ Renaissance Man” are an apt description of this man. He will be well remembered and so sadly missed! Rudy Braun - Posted by: Rudy Braun (Co-worker) on: Nov 08, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of such a tragedy. My thoughts are with you all at this time. - Posted by: Shannon Maureen Simmonds (Relative) on: Nov 08, 2021

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