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Help Walter "Wolfman" Washington

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As you may know, Walter Wolfman Washington recently passed away after quietly battling cancer. On behalf of Walter “Wolfman” Washington, The Funky Uncle has organized this GoFundMe page. There are significant unpaid medical bills from his illness, and we would also like to raise the funds necessary to give Walter the sendoff to match his style and character. Many have asked what they can do to help. Please donate here to assist with these expenses.

Walter was a true icon of the New Orleans’ sound and scene who, when not playing to the people of the Crescent City, took his music all over the world spreading it to countless fans and admirers. He created a distinct fusion of blues, rhythm and blues and funk which is unparalleled. Walter was our music community. He told the New Orleans’ story through music and style while at the same time educating and inspiring all who desired to “understand”.

Walter’s funeral will be Wednesday January 4, 2023 at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home 3827 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119 viewing 9a-12p/service 2p-3p and, then, followed by a procession to St Louis cemetery #3 3421 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119.

A music celebration of his life and benefit will be held at Tipitina’s on January 8, 2023 from 5-11 featuring The Roadmasters with Leo Nocentelli, Jon Cleary, Mem Shannon and more TBA, Galactic, Ivan Neville, Little Freddie King, Johnny Sansone Band, Ricci Krown Trio, John "Papa" Gros and The Tin Men. For tickets Ticket Link:

The Funky Uncle is a charity whose mission is to help musicians and gig workers. See 100% of donations will be delivered to Walter’s wife Michelle to defray the considerable unpaid medical expenses and funeral costs. Any donations exceeding the unpaid bills will be placed in the trust established for Walter’s nine year old daughter.

Thank you for your help!


  • David Rather
    • $100 
    • 11 mos
  • Robert Green
    • $100 
    • 1 yr
  • Todd Lackie
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Martin Shore
    • $200 
    • 1 yr
  • Melanie Maxey
    • $100 
    • 1 yr

Organizer and beneficiary

Chris Beary
New Orleans, LA
Michelle Washington

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