- 2015 Federal Election
Evicted Maple Ridge man needs storage
As he surveys the pile of his belongings, George Wolfe remains oddly optimistic.
“This is not the end of the world,” he says with a smile. “This will pass. It’s only stuff.”
The stuff – 125 oil paintings, two mattresses, a book shelf, bicycle, an electric organ, lamp shades, a fishing net and over a dozen boxes – lie on the lawn in front of the townhouse in Mayo Place, where he lived for 17 years.
Wolfe was evicted from his home Tuesday after a dispute with his landlord.
The 64-year-old and his son are now living at the Salvation Army’s Caring Place. Their grey tabby cat Cody is being cared for at Katie’s Place.
Laid-off from his job in May, Wolfe has survived on a pension and employment insurance since then. He hopes to find a place to live by the end of the week, but has nowhere to store his possessions until he finds a new home.
“I’ve worked since I was 16,” said Wolfe. “This shouldn’t be happening.”
A kind neighbour stored a few valuables in his trailer, but the rest of Wolfe’s stuff remains strewn across a lawn in the townhouse complex.
Wolfe has also been offering the possessions to people for free.
“This could happen to anybody,” he says.