Donald E. Wetmore, 86, racing enthusiast, owned car dealership

Donald E. Wetmore, 86, Past President and Owner of Wetmore’s Garage, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 13th in Brookfield, CT.

Donald was born in Bridgeport, CT, December 14, 1927. He was the son of the late Frank and Anna Wetmore and attended schools in New Milford, CT. Upon his father’s death in 1948, Donald assumed control of his family business known as Wetmore’s Garage. Donald and his wife Jackie worked endless hours to grow the business. In 1963, they acquired the American Motors/Jeep franchise and along with their son Bryan E. Wetmore, Donald and Jackie ran the dealership until their retirement in 2003.

Donald was very proud of having one of the last new car dealerships left in the town of New Milford which today is Wetmore’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, now owned and operated by his daughter Jinny Brittingham and her family.

Donald and Jackie raised their family on Candlewood Lake in Brookfield, CT. They were members at Ridgewood Country Club where Donald enjoyed playing golf with his wife and friends. Donald’s greatest accomplishment and joy was his sixty-five year marriage to his wife Jackie and his loving family. He was an avid car racing enthusiast.

Donald will be truly missed by his wife, Jackie and his children, daughter Lorna Bufkin and son- in-law Ray Bufkin of Brookfield, CT; daughter Jinny Brittingham and son-in-law Scott Brittingham of New Milford, CT; son Bryan Wetmore and daughter-in-law Lauren Wetmore of Middlebury, CT and daughter Pam Neumann and son-in-law Chip Neumann of Ridgefield, CT. He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren, Kerry Rice, Bryan Bufkin, Shaela Costello, Scott Brittingham Jr., Lindsay Wetmore, Heather Salaga, Leah Neumann, and Brooke Neumann and 9 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at The Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT on Monday, March 17th from the hours of 4-7pm. Burial will be private with his immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be sent to

American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.