Delbert Earle Wetherill, also known as Del Wetherill (1935 – 2010)
Del was born in the Pouce Coupe hospital on February 17, 1935, to Bert and May Wetherill. The first few years of his life he lived in Lone Prairie, and then the family moved to Groundbirch, BC. After completing high school he bought land of his own in Groundbirch where he remained until passing. Del married Vern Rumbles and was with her until her passing. In 1963 he meet Gloria McQueen and they were married on May 16, 1964. They were together until his passing on January 20, 2010.
Del and Gloria had two children, John and Molly which were the pride of his life.
Del love sports. He played hard ball and coached fast ball while he live in Mackenzie where he moved in 1969 to find work. While there Del enjoyed curling and hockey. In 1977 the family moved back to Groundbirch so Del could go back to farming and raise his children on the farm and away from the city life. No matter how bad the Toronto Maple Leafs did he was always on their side for he was a diehard fan.
Del had many jobs in his life, but farming was the one he loved the best. He especially enjoyed the Morgan horses that he raised. He never wanted to sell any of the horses, they all had a place.
Then the grandchildren came along Melvina, Kendra, Macee, Josef, Nikita, and Joao. It is a good thing that he wore snap up shirts, because he was so proud that he would have popped off all the buttons on his shirts.
Del also enjoyed music and could just listen to a song and then play the tune. He could not read any music but if he heard it, he would be able to play the song on whatever instrument he had at that time. The first instrument that he learnt to play was the button accordion while he had remadic fever as a child. Del enjoyed the mandolin the most in the ladder years for you would find him playing a song for his grandchildren.
Del would sooner fix or make something then buy a new part for the machinery. Del kept everything because it just might come in handy one day.
Delbert was preceded by his Father, Mother, brothers and sisters.
Del leaves to morn his wife, son, daughter, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The loved ones he left behind will miss him greatly.
A Memorial service was held for Del on January 25, 2010 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Pastor Lee Stephenson officiated. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Del by donation to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4.