BOTIN, Wolf

SEPTEMBER 21, 1950 – MAY 23, 2021

Sunday evening, May 23, 2021, Wolf took his last breath and moved on the be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Carolyn and his girls, Krissi and Annette, were there to say good-bye. He had spent 5 weeks in the ICU, 4 of them on a ventilator.

Wolf’s family immigrated to Canada from Germany when he was 2 years old, settling in Northern BC in the town of Terrace. His playground was the Coastal Mountains, the natural hot springs and the mighty Skeena River.

In 1969 Wolf joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served for 25 years. His first posting took him to CFB Greenwood, NS, where he met Carolyn Demmons who would become his wife. Subsequent postings took the family to Cold Lake AB, Summerside PEI, Edmonton AB, then back to Greenwood. All these moves produced a widening circle of friends and experiences. The second posting to Greenwood really cemented Nova Scotia as Wolf’s home. He was a flight engineer for his last 15 years of service, an interesting trade which took him to 5 continents on training and relief missions.

With the advantage of a government relocation move the decision was made to come to Cochrane in 1997. Life in Cochrane has been busy. Wolf did long haul trucking around the US and Canada for 13 years and he also worked at Big Hill Towing. The girls married great guys who later joined the military and they began their own ventures in Eastern Canada.

Wolf had a lot of interests. He liked to build things. In Greenwood he built our house, plus a motorboat. He loved both pedal biking and motor biking. His Kawasaki Vulcan was primed and ready for a good season on the road with Glen and Wally. Wolf was a good problem solver and fixed most things in the house and on the cars. Besides these abilities Wolf liked music and enjoyed the symphony plus live theatre and could hardly wait for these things to open up. He was looking forward to perhaps another cruise and a little travel. 

Wolf loved his family and was excited over each grandchild. He thought they all were perfect.  He was a responsible, honest, generous man. He joined Helping Hands here in Cochrane because he wanted to make a difference to others. He has loved and served God from his youth.

Left to mourn Wolf’s passing are Carolyn, his wife of 46 years; his daughters, Kristin (Sean) Wood and Annette (Cameron) Collins; his brother, Dieter Botin; his brother-in-law, Roger Demmons and niece, Susan Demmons. Also, he leaves behind 6 amazing grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Conor and Tyler Wood, and Jace, Jorden and Sadie Collins. He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Helene (Schremmer) Botin; Carolyn’s parents, William and Frances (Rowter) Demmons; and sister-in-law Mary McCullough. 

Memorial donations may be made to Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre, www.cochranepreg.com or a charity of your choice.

There will be a live stream of Wolf’s service on Thursday, June 3rd, at 2:00 MDT through this link: https://tv.cochranealliance.com/en/c/wolf-botin-celebration-of-life.3518

Also available for 2 weeks following at tv.cochranealliance.com (under Live Special Events).

Arrangements entrusted to Bridget Halfyard, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

  1. On 29/05/2021 at 6:07 am Roger Lewis Said:

    Carolyn & families. So sorry for the passing of Wolf. I remember him well from early childhood days to as recent as visiting 3 yrs ago. Always constant gentleness and kind to everyone. Roger & Roseanne Lewis.

  2. On 29/05/2021 at 9:47 am Jack Rudd Said:

    Sorry for your loss see u when I get back Jack

  3. On 29/05/2021 at 10:59 am Joy Dirks Said:

    My sincere condolences to Carolyn and family. Such a beautiful story of Wolf’s life and great pictures to remember him by. He was such a nice fellow to get to know. He always made himself available to help out at various church functions without being asked. His willingness to engage in conversation with folks and show interest in them was a gift. He will be greatly missed.

  4. On 29/05/2021 at 3:16 pm Brad Morris Said:

    Carolyn, Krissi and Annette – our thoughts and prayers are with you here in Fredericton. I did not get to ‘hang’ with Wolf a lot – He was always ‘Mr. Botin’ to me – but I can tell you that I remember him vividly being kind and supportive to me as an awkward teen and young adult. I remember he had a quiet, wise way about him that I admired very much. Still do.

    I hope the coming days will be made a bit easier to bear because you’re all together – I was so glad that you girls were able to get out West. I haven’t seen any of you in such a long time – it makes me miss you guys. Lots of folks back here in the Maritimes are thinking of you. Our prayers for blessings of peace and happy memories are for all three of you and your families.

  5. On 29/05/2021 at 8:01 pm Wally and Pat Falconer Said:

    Dear Carolyn and girls,
    So sorry for your grief and loss. Surely the Lord will sustain you through these difficult days, and we do have great and precious promises to hold us, Romans 8:28, for instance. Then to think what Wolf is seeing and experiencing serves to make the rest of us homesick. The Lord bless you. Love in Christ.

  6. On 30/05/2021 at 9:55 am Darren & Jan Rowe Said:

    Carolyn, Kristin & Annette – We are so heartbroken for you all and grieve with you. What a blessing that you could all be together to say your goodbyes and, together with our Lord, hold each other up. To be with God will be amazing, but for now, to be with each other is a beautiful blessing He grants us. Here in Nova Scotia, we are better because He brought all of you into our lives. Peace for you. Love Darren & Jan, Jessie, Glenn, Julie & Gavin

  7. On 30/05/2021 at 11:58 am Betsy Holden Said:

    Carolyn, My heart aches for you and your family over the loss of Wolf … A loving and devoted husband, father and Grandfather.. I remember you and Wolf sitting at my kitchen table a year ago when he agreed to help me out and stain my deck. He worked alongside your Grandsons, setting a wonderful example of a man completing a job with diligence. We don’t know our future; yet we know Who is there and Who will hold you in the days ahead.
    Keeping you in my Prayers ❤️

  8. On 31/05/2021 at 4:32 am Barb Veinot Said:

    Carolyn, Krissi and Annette -my deepest sympathy to each of you as you go through this very sad time. May you find comfort in all the great memories you shared. RIP Wolf. Love from your cousin in Nova Scotia

  9. On 31/05/2021 at 12:32 pm Janice Nichols Said:

    Dear Carolyn, Kristin a so Annette:

    My heart aches for you all. Wolf was such a gentle caring gentleman who loved his Lord. He was a great father to the girls,and I suspect he was a well loved grandfather. He is enjoying all the pleasures of heaven. May God surround you all with His ❤️ and peace through the coming days…love and prayers. ♥️

    Janice Nichols

  10. On 31/05/2021 at 1:00 pm Mary and Zeta Said:

    Dear Carolyn, our deepest condolences to you and your family. We miss Wolf’s warmth and gentleness although we know that he is with the LORD. We pray that God’s comfort and peace would surround you and your family. Mary & Zeta

  11. On 31/05/2021 at 2:34 pm Joanne Whittaker-Horton Said:

    So sorry for your loss Carolyn, Krissi, and Anette and all the family

    Wolf’s name inspired me to write what it meant to me about him:

    W is for Warm-hearted,kindly
    Welcoming, a most gracious host, generous always
    Worthy of admiration,
    Wise with his time
    O is for Organized and orderly in business and at home
    Overbrimming with the gift of helps
    Outreach-did much for community and the church
    L is for Leader in the home
    Loved being with family
    F is for Family man and friend
    Faced life with fortitude and wisdom
    Fun ,he loved to play games and was an ace crokinole player
    Fearless-anyone who can jump out of an airplane is fearless to me.

    The time I knew Wolf was not many yars but I am sure glad I met and spent time with him and Carolyn.

  12. On 31/05/2021 at 2:42 pm Dieter Botin Said:

    Miss my brother, Wolf, in this life; but comforted in knowing I’ll be meeting him in eternity with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. His example as a godly family man was a great encouragement. May God bless all who knew him.

  13. On 31/05/2021 at 5:20 pm Candace Said:

    Carolyn – what a heartbreaking and devastating five weeks for you and your girls. I wish I had known Wolf. He sounds like a truly rich gift that you were given.

    In time may memories of Wolf bring you warmth, smiles and laughter.

  14. On 01/06/2021 at 11:55 am paulette and philip steeves Said:

    Dear Carolyn,Krissi,Annette–Praying for you all at this time .So many fond memories of Annette and Stephanie as children and Krissi at school.In such a sad time may the Spirit of God bring to your heart the many great promises of the Word. Rom 11:36,15:36. In Christian love and by His Grace–Your friends philip and paulette

  15. On 02/06/2021 at 9:55 am Carl & Sue Demmons Said:

    Wonderful words about Wolf, in the obituary and in various emails. Wolf lived up to everything said, and more. A verse of a song comes to mind, as comfort to all – I know it is a comfort to me….
    O let the Son of God enfold you
    With His Spirit and His love
    Let Him fill your heart and satisfy your soul
    O let Him have the things that hold you
    And His Spirit like a dove
    Will descend upon your life and make you whole.

    I’m just grateful for having known Wolf……….. Carolyn’s cousin, Carl

  16. On 03/06/2021 at 10:06 am Gail Mills Said:

    Carolyn, Krissa and Annette, we are so sorry to hear about Wolf, he was an wonderful gentle man. Our prayers are with with at time sad time. Love, Morris & Gail Mills, Nova Scotia

  17. On 03/06/2021 at 3:12 pm Pearl Hoyt Marritt Said:

    My heart goes out to you Carolyn,may you feel Gods peace, we sorrow not as the world but we still have that empty place in our life. What a beautiful memorial to Wolf, and you Carolyn have been a big part of his life. Nice to see you have such good memories of Nova Scotia and friends there.

  18. On 03/06/2021 at 3:25 pm Aubrey and Leslie Said:

    Carolyn, Kristie and Annette. To our dear friends, Aubrey and I send our deepest condolences to all of you and continue to pray that you may experience the peace that only comes from our loving Heavenly Father. May you feel his presence very near at this sad time. Love and hugs.

  19. On 03/06/2021 at 3:35 pm Gary and Nancy Said:

    I met wolf shortly after his first posting in Greenwood ,Nova Scotia
    We became great friends and remained so for over 50 years.
    So much I can say that has already been said. Knowing him as a young man in the 70’s it is clear he was faithful to the Lord all his life. He became a wonderful role model to myself and no doubt to many others.

    Wolf has enriched our lives in so many ways, he will be forever in our hearts.

  20. On 03/06/2021 at 4:18 pm Judi rempel Said:

    Sending hugs and condolences & prayers to you, Carolyn & family! Remembering you from church and as our Avon lady.

  21. On 04/06/2021 at 8:49 am Joylyn Leugner Said:

    Dear Carolyn;
    I’m so sorry for your loss Carolyn. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. On 04/06/2021 at 1:18 pm Bryan and Faye Reeves Said:

    Our sincere condolences to you Carolyn and your daughters,Kristin and Annette, and to all who were a part of Wolfs family circle. He will be surely missed.

  23. On 07/06/2021 at 11:54 pm Bob McArthur and Barb Said:

    Carolyn, our prayers and condolences for you and your family at this difficult time. May your memories of the love and good times that you shared push back the feelings of sadness so you can celebrate the full life that he lived.

  24. On 09/06/2021 at 3:55 am Sarah Said:

    Thank you,Wolf, for being there for my family and helping the three of us during a time of much need. We spent only a microscopic amount of time with you, however, you made a significant impact with you inspirational strength, generous contribution and gracious heart. How you helped to improve, will sincerely not ever be forgotten!
    Thank you to Wolf’s family for sharing his refined gentility with us and supporting his endeavours to help and care for others!
    S.E

  25. On 16/06/2021 at 11:59 pm Marilyn Said:

    Dear Carolyn, Krissi and Annette, and families,
    Charilyn let me know of Wolf’s passing and I just watched the beautiful ‘Celebration of his life’ service. The testimony he lived is such a blessing, and though I did not know him well, I would say his gentle kindness was evident no matter the length of time spent. I still remember the time you, Carolyn and Wolf took to stop and invite me to a restaurant for a meal and visit many years ago…2004 maybe, and for your care with my daughter in crisis. I pray you will continue to trust and rest in the Lord’s care, as you miss your dear husband and father, grandfather. Thank you for sharing the God-honoring tribute of Wolf Botin’s life.

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