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gord-gotelearSouth Buxton Raceway was saddened to hear the news of the passing of one of our racing pioneers, Gord Gotelaer, who died Sunday at the age of 76.

Gord raced in the inaugural 1971 season at Raleigh Raceway and was the 1974 Late Model points champion. He continued to race at South Buxton into the 1980s.

His son Jeff served as Race Director at South Buxton from 2002-07.

Here is Gord’s obituary notice.

Everyone at South Buxton Raceway extend our condolences to Gord’s family.

gord-gotelaerGOTELAER, Gordon Alfred - A resident of Ridgetown, Gordon Gotelaer passed away at the Village-on-the-Ridge, Ridgetown on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at the age of 76. Born in Mull, son of the late Gordon and Eva (Verkest) Gotelaer. Beloved husband of Shirley (Prance) Gotelaer since 1961. Dear father of Scott and Cathy Wiebenga of Chatham, Steve and Sue Wiebenga of Chatham, Pete and Bonnie of Ridgetown, Jeff and Mandy of Chatham, and the late Dave (2011) and his wife Corey of Sudbury. Grandfather of Shawn, Victoria, Tom, Dan, Michael, Paul, David Jr., Rochelle, Rebecca, Valerie, Alyson, and Mackenzie. Great-grandfather of Nancy, Hailey, Layla, Kimberly, and Tynasjia. Brother of Betty and Ken Osborne of Ridgetown, the late Margaret Graves and the late Bob and Jean Mervin. Brother-in-law of Betty Gill (late husband William) of Sarnia and Ken Graves (Nora) of Ridgetown. Also remembered by Dana. Gordon retired from Navistar following over 30 years of service. He also owned and operated his own trucking company for 20 years. He raced stock cars for many years in Canada and the U.S. and was a multi-track champion. He remained active with the sport for many years after he stopped racing. Family will receive friends at the McKINLAY FUNERAL HOME , 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Thursday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Martin Johnston officiating. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Society of Chatham-Kent would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com McKinlay Funeral Home 76 Main Street East Ridgetown, Ontario (519)674-3141

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