Lee Tebbetts

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  • "I would not be the chef I am today without Lee. He pushed..."
    - Andrew Johns
  • "Lee was a amazing, generous man that will be greatly missed!"
    - Cheryl Arnold
  • "We will miss the great conversations of rugby over a glass..."
    - Scott and Sarah Weghorst
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    - Mary and Fritz Wolfe and extended family
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Lee (Stanley Wentworth)

Lee Tebbetts, 74, of Perrysburg, Ohio, died on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic. Lee was born on March 13, 1940, in Bronxville, New York and lived his early childhood in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

The family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, the location of his mother's relatives, upon the death of his father in 1949. He graduated from the Dublin School and was accepted at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

After one year, he joined the Marine Corps and served honorably for four years, specializing in intelligence and code work. He was a very loyal and proud member of the Marines, as he said, "once a Marine, always a Marine." When he finished his service, he returned to Dartmouth and graduated.

He really enjoyed the life in New Hampshire and Vermont and settled there for a few years and did what was a specialty, restoring old houses using traditional techniques. At that stage he met and married Marie Louise Lincoln of Greenwich, Connecticut. The marriage did not last long and they parted amicably. At that point his sister, Mary Wolfe, encouraged him to move to Ohio. After his move, he decided to pursue a path he had always loved. He went to the C.I.A., the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and became a chef and learned hospitality administration.

Upon returning to Ohio, he bought a restaurant in Perrysburg and rebuilt it him-self. It became the "Rose and Thistle Bar and Restaurant" on Louisiana Avenue. He has always enjoyed the sociability of knowing his customers and has cherished his many friends. He also enjoyed skiing, and flying airplanes. He never said "no" when approached to give contributions to good causes, and was generally a very good member of our community.

He is survived by his sister, Mary T. Wolfe and his three nieces, Elizabeth T. Wolfe, Frederica R. Wolfe, and Christine W. Nichols and their families.

A short memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 4 p.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg, Ohio.
Published in Toledo Blade from June 18 to June 23, 2014
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