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Obituary for Douglas Clarence WETTLAUFER

WETTLAUFER: Douglas Clarence “Doug”, 83, of Tavistock passed away peacefully, with family by his side, at his residence on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

Born on a dining room table on the 10th concession of East Zorra-Tavistock, on October 1, 1939, Doug grew up on the 16th concession and purchased the family farm where he spent 60 years as a dairy and edible bean farmer. After retiring from farming he spent the last decade of his professional life with South Easthope Insurance, serving as President for a year. Known as “Kassel” to his friends, he was a Charter Member of the Optimist Club, and an avid fisherman and golfer. The Toronto Blue Jays trounced the Cincinnati Reds 10-3 the day of his passing, clearly a gesture of thanks to one of their most ardent fans. Sadly, Doug’s dream of seeing that no good Willie Nylander get traded away from the Toronto Maple Leafs, was not something that he was able to see during his lifetime. Doug saw his beloved Leafs win more Stanley Cups in his lifetime than his kids and grandchildren ever will.

Spending time with friends and family was his passion. He was very thankful for everyone who came to visit and pay their respects in his final months and days.

He is survived by his wife, Tricia (Sexton) Wettlaufer, whom he married on February 8, 2000; five children, Linda Fulton (Tom), Maryanne Wettlaufer, Leonard Wettlaufer (Suanne), Christine Bȧtemyr (Anders), Jason Chesworth (Ashley); seven grandchildren, Ashton Wettlaufer, Justin Wettlaufer, Alex Fulton (Dayna), Emily Bȧtemyr, Liam Bȧtemyr, Ella Bȧtemyr, Donn Chesworth; two great-grandchildren, Margot Fulton and Teddie Fulton; brothers-in-law, Ross Campbell, Paul Sexton (Ann Cornish); sisters-in-law, Penny Smith, Pam Graham (Dave); his mother-in-law, Dorothy Kennedy; several nieces, nephews and their families.

Besides his parents, Norman John Wettlaufer and the former Hilda Julianna Yungblut, he was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Campbell; brothers-in-law, Ivan Berg, Warren Smith, Gord Gregory; and his father-in-law, Bill Sexton.

In honour of Doug’s wishes, a private visitation and funeral service was held in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock St. North Tavistock. The Rev. Mary Boland officiated. The interment was in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Cemetery, East Zorra.

His pallbearers were friends, Eugene “Beanie” Bender, Terry “Chop” Currah, Jim Seyler and Wayne Smith. Also joined by grandsons Alex Fulton, Liam Bȧtemyr, Justin Wettlaufer and nephews Brian and Terry Berg.

As expressions of sympathy donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be made through the Francis Funeral Home by calling 519-655-2431. Personal condolences can be posted at