HAMILTON, Ont. - Dealerships owned by the DeWildt family are closed today for the funeral of company owner and founder Theodorus (Ted) DeWildt, who died last Thursday. He had turned 92 on June 23.
A native of Holland, DeWildt got into the auto business in the 1960s when he and his wife Jane opened a small gas and service station in Oakville. His businesses included DeWildt Honda Powerhouse along with DeWildt Chrysler Dodge Jeep and DeWildt Marine Powersports. The businesses employ more than 100 people.
While he turned over operation of the businesses to his children several years ago, DeWildt remained a constant presence at the dealerships, including the motorcycle dealership in Hamilton.
DeWildt is survived by wife Jane, daughter Miriam, sons Ted, Rick and Ken and nine grandchildren, according to the Hamilton Spectator.
From the Dealernews wires