February 24, 1947 – March 11, 2021
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA – On Thursday, March 11, 2021, Jon M. Wetterlow, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, passed away under the care of Catholic Hospice after a valiant 6-year battle with cancer. He was 74. A beloved brother, uncle and friend, Jon will be deeply missed by the countless individuals who were fortunate enough to know him.
Born at Beverly Hospital to Marjorie L. (French) Wetterlow and Eric H. Wetterlow Jr., Jon was raised in Manchester-by-the-Sea. He studied at Northfield Mount Hermon before going on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Colgate University.
Jon’s impressive career in broadcasting was deeply influenced by his lifelong love of sports. He was a sports director for WESX in Marblehead before moving to Hyannis and working as a broadcaster for WCVX and 99.9, WQRC. Especially passionate about hockey, Jon sometimes filled in on TV-38 covering Boston Bruins games. He would later relocate to Fort Lauderdale and work in retail and banking.
Known for his congeniality, Jon easily made friends wherever he lived. He never forgot a birthday and loved sending his great nieces singing greeting cards. Always so witty, he referred to them as the ‘North Shore socialites’ due to their many playdates and activities. He reveled in being an uncle and great uncle.
Jon was described by his family and friends as a real gentleman who enjoyed life to the fullest. When he would meet friends for a meal or for happy hour, he would delight them with his quick sense of humor and encyclopedic knowledge of sports. His brother Rick very much enjoyed their lengthy phone conversations and Jon’s summertime visits to the North Shore.
Jon’s love of the arts took him to many a production. He enjoyed the symphony and theatre. He would always recap these experiences to his family and friends, making them feel as if they were there too.
Jon is survived by his loving brother, Eric (Rick) H. Wetterlow III of Manchester-by-the-Sea; his niece and goddaughter, Frances Wetterlow-Thibeault, her husband, Jeffrey Thibeault and their children, Amelia and Aerin Thibeault of South Hamilton; his niece, Erica Wetterlow and her husband, RJ Scanlon of Marlborough; his nephew, Kurt Wetterlow of Beverly; his niece, Tracy Callanan, her husband, Michael Callanan and their children, Brendan, Kate and Riley Callanan of Needham; and many friends near and far. Jon was predeceased by his parents, Marjorie L. and Eric H. Wetterlow Jr., and his aunt, Leslie Wetterlow.
Jon’s family would like to express their deep appreciation to Jon’s caretaker, Angela Johnson, whom he affectionately referred to as his personal assistant. They are also grateful to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
A private memorial service for Jon’s family will be held, with later plans for a larger celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research (14600 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513 or www.v.org). Jon had a special affinity for V Foundation founder, renowned basketball coach Jim Valvano. They shared a similar philosophy – “Never give up!”
Local arrangements are under the care of Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead. To share a memory or offer online condolences to the family please visit eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
March 19, 2021
Jon and I worked together on-air during the the morning program "AM Cape Cod" on WQRC in the mid 1980s. Jon presented the sports part of those broadcasts with a thoroughness, depth and a professionalism that excelled. Jon also possessed a wonderful sense of humor both on and off-air. I remember him asking my permission prior to when he purchased the same exact same VW Jetta I owned, two exact automobiles, same model, same color, same styling, although his Jetta had a sun roof, mine did not. Of course I gave him my blessing. Jon would often park his car next to mine. From then on I called him "Jonny Jetta" and he referred to me as "Sir Laurence," names we could carry with us even after his move to Florida. I kept in touch with him until the end and will dearly miss him.
March 19, 2021
Back in 2015, another Cape Cod sports legend...Joe Sherman...wrote a beautiful piece for the Cape Cod Times about Jon Wetterlow and their friendship, after Jon sent word he was beginning the battle with cancer. I think all of us who knew Jon...and especially those of us who worked with him in the broadcast arena for many years...share the high esteem expressed by Joe. First, Jon was simply an extraordinarily decent and honorable person. Great sense of humor. Cheery outlook. Trustworthy. Honest. All the great virtues. Second, he excelled at his craft. The consummate pro. Though hockey was his game of choice, it was impressive to see how effortlessly he could glide from sport to sport as the play-by-play guy. Right up there with Johnny Most, Gil Santos, and Fred Cusick. Very saddened to learn of Jon's passing. He will not be forgotten by his many, many friends. Deepest condolences to his family. I always admired him.
March 19, 2021
I worked with Jon for many years on Cape Cod. I was the guy on the other end of those telephone lines engineering the games when Jon broadcast Cape Cod Cubs hockey games from far beyond the Cape. I also worked with Jon for many years at WQRC. I was the morning news guy and Jon, of course, did sports and with our host Dave Reed on the air it sounded like we had dozens of people working with us behind the scenes but it was just us 3. I could not have hoped for more a supportive and accomplished colleague. Jon was always in good spirits - very smart, very witty and we had many moments of joy poking fun at the news and personalities we covered. I always looked forward to seeing him . He brought much happiness to what would have been a much less happy and grinding early morning work shift without him. I was fortunate to have had a good, long reflective conversation with Jon last year. My condolences to all of Jon's family and I want you all to know he will be missed dearly by all of us who had the pleasure to work with him.
March 19, 2021
Jon and I were classmates at Mount Hermon, now Northfield Mount Hermon. I remember his interest in sports, and also have a photo of him playing bridge with another school friend, Dick Deroko. Those were good years for all of us, living on campus and sharing class and work duties. If I recall, John cut quite a figure as a waiter in the dining hall. My condolences to the family and his school friends.
March 18, 2021
Jon will truly be missed . He was always great company. We shared so many concerts and performances, and were always sharing books. He never said no to trying a new dining locale. I'm sure he'll be watching his beloved Pats and Red Sox from his special place in Heaven. Rest in peace, dear friend.
March 18, 2021
My memory from years ago: Jon delighted Cape listeners with a passionate broadcast of a game he obviously loved: hockey. He was a pioneer in that sense.
Never knew Jon personally, but I thank him for his truly entertaining broadcasts. Many a long, cold, lonely Cape winter night was brightened considerably by his radio broadcasts. RIP, Jon.
March 18, 2021
I first met Jon when we were freshmen at The Mount Hermon School for Boys in September 1961. We became friends, and remained friends through all the passing years. I visited him at his parents' home and at his first home in Hyannis, and remember his parents and his older brother. His departure for a better realm leaves a hollow place in my heart. May all of us who knew him let the happy memories wear away the sorrow.