Boyd Wettlaufer

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  • "A Life WELL Lived! Farewell Boyd Wettlaufer. Your intials..."
    - The Staff at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
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WETTLAUFER, Boyd Boyd Nicholas David Wettlaufer, C.M. died peacefully November 27, 2009, after a long and adventurous life of 95 years. Born May 2, 1914 on his maternal grandfather's farm near Asquith, Saskatchewan, Boyd was raised on his paternal grandparents' farm in Germania, Ontario. His family subsequently moved to Bracebridge, Ontario where Boyd completed his early schooling. Boyd joined the RCAF in 1937 and was based in Ottawa where he met and married his wife, Dorothy "Dot " Ovington Anderson, in 1939. Post-war, Boyd earned a Bachelors degree in geology and Masters degree in archaeology from the University of New Mexico. He attended the University of Minnesota for further graduate work. Boyd and Dorothy raised two sons, Barry Nicholas, born in 1944, and Brian Murray, born in 1946. The family traveled for many years on archaeological excavations across Canada, USA, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Among the sites that Boyd is recognized for are Mortlach and Gull Lake in Saskatchewan, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta, and Nuevo Casas Grandes site in Mexico. He is considered by many as the "father of Saskatchewan Archaeology" and was recognized for his numerous contributions and accomplishments by receiving the Order of Canada award presented by the Governor General in Ottawa in 2004. In 1954 Boyd and family moved to San Luis Obispo (SLO), California where he worked as a staff photographer at California Polytechnic University, SLO campus. Boyd and Dot retired in 1976 and moved to Crawford Bay, BC where they built their own cabin in the woods. They moved to Langford, BC in 1985 where Boyd became active with local orchid growing societies through which he achieved numerous awards for his gardening talents and developed many lifelong friendships. Boyd will be remembered for his caring nature and strong personality. He approached all challenges with vigor and became the expert and authority of his numerous occupations and hobbies with which he was involved. His many travels allowed him to gather a wealth of information on cultures and places and he enjoyed sharing the stories of his adventures with the many people who surrounded him. He was a great lover of music and was an accomplished vocalist and played several string instruments throughout his life. Boyd particularly delighted in entertaining individuals or small groups with impromptu performances of his self-composed song verses. Wife, Dorothy, of 58 loving years, and eldest son, Barry, precede Boyd in death. Surviving son, Brian; daughters-in-law Patti and Diane; grandchildren Kimberlee, Nicholas and Brett; and new greatgrandchild Stella will always remember him with love. At Boyd's request, there will be no memorial service. Cremation was chosen with his ashes to be scattered, the same as Dorothy's, over the land they loved. Flowers are gratefully declined and any donations may either be sent by mail in memory of Boyd to the Beacon Community Services, 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC V8L 4R2 or on-line donations.html). The family is especially grateful to the caring friends and to the employees of the Beacon Community Home Service who provided so much support and assistance to Boyd during his final years. 571245
Published in The Times Colonist on Dec. 5, 2009
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