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Southern Delaware
Wolfie: Punkin Chunkin loses one of its most colorful champions
Joe "Wolfman" Thomas, a three-time Punkin Chunkin champion with Old Glory, was one of Punkin Chunkin's most colorful and identifiable figures. Mr. Thomas died last Sunday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash July 27. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

GEORGETOWN -- The world of World Championship Punkin Chunkin will say goodbye Thursday to one of its most colorful figures, competitors -- and champions.

Funeral services for 65-year-old Joseph “Wolfman” Thomas, who died Aug. 18 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash July 27 on Concord Pond Road, are scheduled Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Short’s Funeral Home in Georgetown.

Affectionately known as “Wolfie,” Mr. Thomas was the captain of the Old Glory air-cannon team, which captured overall World Championship Punkin Chunkin honors in 2000, 2001 and 2004. Mr. Thomas was a colorful, easily identifiable, tell-it-like-it-is figure. He sported a long white beard and often wore a chrome German-style helmet during the competition.

“He was quite a character, the longtime feature of the event. Everybody knew who he was,” said Punkin Chunkin spokesman Frank Shade.

“He was always there in front of a camera; he had no camera phobia about him,” said Mr. Shade. “He was very quick and there was always a lot of ‘bleeps’ in everything he sent out over the airwaves. He never minced words. But he was someone you could count on whenever you needed him.”

Mr. Thomas, of Georgetown, sustained serious head injuries when he was ejected from his motorcycle after it left the roadway, and his head struck a utility box, according to Delaware State Police.

Mr. Thomas was initially taken to Christiana Hospital and was later moved to Delaware Hospice in Milford, where he passed away Aug. 18.

In response to Mr. Thomas’ death the Punkin Chunkin Facebook page stated “Thoughts and prayers go out to his family from our entire community. A chunkin' legend has fallen -- hopefully he will be smiling down on this year's chunk.”

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