Montreal, September 6, 2021 – The Montreal Alouettes are deeply saddened by the passing of former owner Bob Wetenhall, who passed away on Friday. He owned the Alouettes from 1997 to 2019, helped by his son Andrew in the last years.
Bob Wetenhall was inducted as a builder into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.
In 1997, Bob Wetenhall played an instrumental role in the rebirth of the Montreal Alouettes, the franchise’s business administrations, football operations, and community involvement. Mr. Wetenhall’s desire to return CFL football to Montreal coupled with his drive to develop a winning culture are the reasons the team has enjoyed success both on and off the field since the team’s move from Baltimore. At the turn of the century, the Alouettes dynasty was in full force, on the strength of eight Grey Cup appearances in ten years and three championship wins. In his 22 seasons as the club’s steward, the Alouettes have finished in first place in the East Division on ten separate occasions adding 223 wins.
Bob Wetenhall has allowed the Alouettes to shine all while bringing the team closer to the population. Giving back to Quebec community was always a priority for the Alouettes owner.
Raised in the American Midwest, Wetenhall attended Princeton University and was one of the founding members of McConnell Wetenhall & Co. Inc. His interest in football started long ago as was a co-owner of the Boston Patriots of the American Football League during the late 1960s and continued as an owner of the New England Patriots when the franchise entered the NFL.