Family and friends will gather on February 5 to celebrate the life of Gary Woffford. Here is the memory they share with the community:
Gary W. Wofford, 82, died Nov. 3, 2021, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Lakewood, Washington, from pulmonary fibrosis. He was surrounded by his family.
Gary was born to George Wofford and Helen (Johnson) Frederickson of Bremerton and grew up in Poulsbo. He graduated from North Kitsap High School, class of 1957. He was very active in sports and school activities.
Gary married Ellen (Waali) Wofford in 1958. They were married for 62 years. They lived in West Seattle for 36 years before moving to the Lake Tapps/Enumclaw area.
When Gary resided in West Seattle, he coached football for the West Seattle Boys Club and West Seattle Jr. Football from 1959 to 1976. We know he impacted the lives of many young men and won several city championships along the way! He also worked on the “Chain Gang” for the University of Washington football program for several years.
In his early years he worked for Boeing, Sid Eland Distributors and North Coast Electric. After moving to the Tapps Lake area, he had three restaurants in Bonney Lake and Enumclaw: Pard’s Place (Enumclaw), Midtown Grill (Bonney Lake), and 23 years as the owner of BLT Sports Bar and Grill, 1997-2020 ( Bonney Lake).
He was very supportive of local community programs, charities, several youth programs and the Veterans Home, located in Orting. He was active with WIAA High School Basketball hosting teams in state tournaments at the Tacoma Dome for several years and supported many high school athletic programs. It also provided holiday meals to families in the communities of Enumclaw and Bonney Lake.
He is survived by his wife Ellen and their three children: Jana Decker (Joe Fox), Connie Bray and Brent Wofford, and his grandchildren Travis Decker (Lindsey), Kyle Bray (Willa Rector), Jennie Roush (Brandon), Brooke Coyle (Frank Tanner), Taylor Wofford, Devin Wofford, Domi Wolmer (Chris) and JJ Fox. Gary is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and his brother Richard Wofford (Cathy).
In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of these organizations:
Bonney Lake Food Bank: PO Box 7521, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Enumclaw Food Bank: PO Box 827, Enumclaw, WA 98022
Or any youth organization of your choice.
A private burial was held on November 9, 2021 at Enumclaw Cemetery, Enumclaw. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 5 at the Buckley Eagles from 1 to 4 p.m.
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