Obituary of Wayne C. Gillette


Wayne C. Gillette, 69, of McGraw, NY, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021, at the Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland, NY.

Wayne was born in Cortland, NY, on April 15, 1951, the son of the late Henry and Martha Bush Gillette. A lifelong resident of the area, he retired from the NYSDOT and Suit-Kote after several years of service. He was a former member of the McGraw Sportsmen Club and enjoyed, hunting, fishing and trapping. He also enjoyed cutting wood, boiling sap, and cooking pigs. A jack-of-all-trades, Wayne was a clever-minded man who spent many hours dreaming and building his own projects.

He is survived by his children, Kelli (Michael) Sweeney of Homer, Shawna (Stacy Reardon) Gillette of McGraw, Keith Gillette of Homer, Christopher Gillette of Cortland, Brittany Gillette of Cortland, and Michael (Jeanette Forsythe) Gillette of McGraw. He also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; his former wife, Toni Falso Gillette of Blodgett Mills; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many dear friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, James and Keith Gillette; and his former wife, Jill Daugherty Rainbow.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no immediate services. A Celebration of Wayne’s Life will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Wayne may be directed to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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