Wettach, John Theodore, 86, of Orlando, passed away on April 25, 2018. John was a loving husband, a caring father, and a beloved grandfather. Born to Alpha and Robert Hasley Wettach of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, John attended Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, and in 1953 graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1959, he married his love, the former Josephine Little of Cleveland, Ohio. John began his career in banking with North Carolina National Bank in Chapel Hill, becoming its local chief executive in 1970. John was an active member of his hometown community, serving on multiple municipal and charitable boards as well as the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce, which presented him with its Citizen of the Year Award in 1972. In 1975, President Gerald Ford appointed John to the post of administrator for finance and investment at the Small Business Administration. The family enjoyed its time in the nation’s capital, however, in 1977 they moved to Winter Park as John became president of Sonitrol Corporation. John also gave generously of himself to the Central Florida community, including serving on and chairing the board of trustees for Trinity Preparatory School during its transition to a new headmaster in the mid 1980s. In 1985, John became Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Orlando. John was proud to bring his experience from the domains of finance and business to the Diocese, and he worked with devotion, grace, and humor serving the Diocesan community until his retirement in 2000 and beyond. John was especially pleased that he could use his position to assist the many Diocesan charitable organizations, in particular the mission work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Apopka. John was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Jo, brother Robert H. Wettach, and sister Helen Jane Wettach. John will be remembered with love by those who survive him: sons, John, Jr. and wife, Amy, of Winter Park, and Jay and wife, Meg, of Orlando; grandchildren, Callan, Catie, Maddie and John; sister-in-law, Pat Wettach; brother-in-law, Bob Little and wife, Alice; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL.
I was privileged to work with John at the Diocese of Orlando. He was a true gentleman, unfailingly fair, respectful and wise. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. He and Jo were great partners in life. My condolences to his sons and families. You have lost a great Dad and grandfather.
Carol StantonOrlando, FL
As new neighbors, we met Mr. Wettach briefly. But, it was evident that his wisdom and courtesy were highly valued by his neighbors. We are very sorry for your loss.
Larry SmithOrlando, FL