Douglas Tibbett’s Obituary (2021) – Wilmington, DE

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Douglas Austin Tibbetts

Wilmington – Douglas Tibbetts, 63, of Wilmington, Delaware, died at home June 30 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Doug was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Gordon and Barbara Sullivan Tibbetts. During Doug’s high school years, the Tibbetts family settled in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Doug was a distinguished athlete at Swarthmore High School, earned all-state honors in baseball and football, and led the Tomahawks as quarterback during a perfect 10-0 season in 1975.

Doug graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Political Science in 1980. There he was a student athlete on a full football scholarship and was a member of the Delaware Chapter of the Sig Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

His business career began at WL Gore and Associates, where he was part of the team that started the Gore-Tex fabric division. Throughout his career, Doug served as director of Lyons Marketing Communications, CEO of Zero Restriction Golf Apparel and Boathouse Sports, and ultimately executive vice president of marketing communications company 160over90 / Endevor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Doug excelled in many sporting activities, but he found his joy on the golf course. He played countless rounds on his home course, the Wilmington Country Club. Affectionately known as “The Commissioner,” Doug always took the lead in organizing weekend golf lineups. Through his travels, Doug has also played golf at famous golf courses in Scotland and Ireland.

He was an avid supporter of the athletic endeavors of his children, Paige and Will, and seldom missed a game of soccer, basketball, field hockey, or lacrosse during their high school and (in Will’s case) college careers.

As a true gentleman, Doug will be remembered for his positive attitude, sense of humor, dignity and grace. He always found and promoted the best qualities in others and was the consummate “team player”. His many friends and business partners will confirm these character traits.

Perhaps Doug’s most valued achievement was his family. His two children were an endless source of pride and joy, as was his 38-year marriage to high school girlfriend, Barb.

Doug leaves behind his wife, Barbara; Son, Wilhelm; Brothers Ronald, Robert, Richard, and Russell; and sister Debra, together with a large extended family and many close friends. Doug was preceded in death by his daughter Paige and parents Gordon and Barbara.

A Christian burial memorial service will be held at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church at 10 Old Church Road in Greenville, DE on Friday, July 9th from 10:30 am, followed by a celebration of life at 12:00 pm Wilmington Country Club, located at 4825 Kennett Pike in Wilmington. A tour of the church is offered from 9-10: 15 a.m.

In memory of Doug, please consider making a gift to the Paige S. Tibbetts Legacy Fund at:

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Published by The News Journal July 2-4, 2021.


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