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Kurt Wunder

Kurt W Wunder

Friday, July 22nd, 1966 - Saturday, August 10th, 2019
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Upon realizing that his medications would never involve tequila, Kurt William Wunder acquiesced and peacefully surrendered his battle with glioblastoma and leptomeningeal disease on August 10th, 2019. He was the loving son of Dolores and the late William, youngest brother to Robert and William. Kurt was the devoted husband of Margo and adoring father to Georgia and Spencer. He is also survived by his faithful pets Shiloh and Parumpapumpum, as well as a hefty collection of sinks.

Captain and founder of the Hatboro Horsham High School ice hockey team, Kurt imparted his great passion for the sport to his wife and children. He taught them how to play and to love the game that was so dear to his heart. Kurt volunteered his time as a coach in the Rizzo Rink Ice Hockey program here in South Philadelphia, striving to foster not only skill, but also sportsmanship and a bench culture of affirmation and equity.

It was recently said of Kurt “he could have been mayor,” and that was mostly true. He saw potential in everyone and everything. Along with two likeminded visionaries, he built the 700 bar. Within a brief period of time and with their bare hands, Kurt and his partners Tracy and Chris turned a shell of a building in a desolate part of Northern Liberties into the cornerstone of a thriving community of artists, musicians, trades people, pundits and drunks for some twenty-plus years.

Kurt crafted a career later in life as a special effects coordinator for major motion pictures and television. A fitting calling for Kurt, effects work sated his need to build, problem solve, create, plan, ideate, execute, collaborate, collect, fix, experiment, improvise and invent.

Kurt was a voracious experiencer, whose joy and zest of life was contagious and matched only by that of his wife and children. His quest for good road trip stops (especially great barbecue and pie) was evidenced by a tattered, annotated road atlas buried beneath the floor mat of one of his retired police vehicles. The family shared many adventures together and Kurt considered himself fortunate to spend time traveling alone with each of his children to various hockey tournaments, sharing with them memories of bobsledding at Lake Placid and eating poutine at the Toronto Christmas Market. Kurt and Margo’s eighteen-year marriage was filled with adventures that took the couple all over the country and abroad for quests as simple and ridiculous as the best tripe sandwich or the worst Iron Maiden cover band. There was always something on the horizon- to taste, to see, to hear, to try; and for that reason, there was almost always a half-filled backpack or two to trip over in the Wunder living room. Now Kurt’s bag is packed for his next journey. Hopefully, not that tattered duffel held together by duct tape.

Safe travels, Kurt! Wherever you are, we’re sure the Flyers are winning, the caddis flies are drifting across a lazy stream, and it’s five o’clock somewhere.

Friends and relatives are invited to gather to celebrate Kurt’s life Sunday, August 18th at 801 Wharton Street in Philadelphia at 1pm for a second line procession to the Mummers Museum (100 South Second Street) for a memorial celebration from 2-6pm.

In lieu of flowers and cards, donations in Kurt’s name can be made to Rizzo Rink (1001 South Front Street Philadelphia, PA 19147) and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (sniderhockey.org)
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    Address
    1327 South Broad Street
    PHILADELPHIA, PA
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Mark Yannuzzi

Posted at 08:07am
Take a seat Steve McQeen, you're no longer the coolest guy in heaven.
KK

Kevin P. Koniewicz

Posted at 08:30am
Panache is a word that comes to mind when I think about Kurt. I remember his adeptness and presentation with a pack of parliaments, followed by a flaming match slid precisely to your spot (when you could still smoke in 700.). We used to whisper joke behind set walls in between takes while on the I’ll fated Do No Harm. Seeing him occasionally on the stages of Steiner studios in Brooklyn when work was slow in philly.

His kindness to me, and what he showed others was something I really admired and although we we weren’t close, I have to admit I did cry a little on a commercial in Albany upon hearing the news. My deepest condolences to the Wunder family both formal and informal. Kurt touched a lot of people and the world is better off for that truth. RIP KW
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Jim Sweeney

Posted at 06:35am
Kurt
Many years ago when we first met ,it was our boys playing soccer, to sit under a tree at a tournament between games started a relationship between two families which have kept us friends ever since . My heart goes out to your family at this time .i can see you now up there in heaven talking to the hockey gods . Convincing them that this year should be our year . Your personality was extremely outgoing .Today is a sad Day for philly, the hockey families and all. May you Rest In Peace my friend
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Kelly Cobb

Posted at 07:51pm
I used to wait on Kurt at silk, he would challenge me, concocting the craziest milk shake flavors....apple pie with cheddar, peanut butter with peppermint patties, I wonder if he actually drank them.....the Sinatra nights at silk, truly some of the best times I had. Holding family in my thoughts, Rest In Peace Kurt, you we’re magnificent and will be missed.
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Donovan, Heather, Dimaggio & Paulina xxxx

Posted at 06:17am
As you grieve know that we are remembering you and thankful for the memories of Kurt. With love the Taylor-Reids
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