George Robert Woolfe of Mashpee, who owned a summer home in Falmouth for 50 years, died March 28 after a long battle with cancer. He was 96.

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he grew up in New York City and graduated from Columbia University.

Prior to furthering his education, Mr. Woolfe served as an airman in World War II as a member of the US Army Air Corps. From 1942 to 1945 he completed 47 missions navigating a B-24 bomber over enemy strongholds in the South Pacific islands.

Following his military service, he married Mary Elaine Watts, the best friend of his sister Doris Woolfe. The marriage would end in divorce a few years later.

Mr. Woolfe embarked upon a career in the paper industry and become a top salesman, retiring in 1990.

He remarried in 1953 and he and Marianne (Standing) Woolfe remained married until her death in 2007.

Mr. Woolfe then wed his first wife for the second time. The couple had corresponded over the years, and at the time of their nuptials he was 83 and Mary Elaine Patton Woolfe was 82.

The Woolfes moved permanently to Cape Cod in 2009.

In his younger years Mr. Woolfe had played bridge for money and was fond of joking about how this had helped to pay the rent; he ultimately became a bridge master.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a daughter, Theodora (Tao) Woolfe; a son, Peter A. Woolfe; two granddaughters, Jamie Woolfe and Jessica Woolfe; and other family.

Mr. Woolfe donated his body to Harvard Medical School. At a future time, his ashes will be buried with military honors at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

A memorial service is planned for next month.

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