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Celebration of Life

St. Stephen's Catholic Church
Saturday May 22nd, 2021

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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 3598 Clinton Street Ext., McGraw, NY, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.  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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We appreciate and thank you for your kind words:)

Kelli Sweeney Apr 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you so much! It was far too soon and its been difficult:). He always loved his chemo ladies!

Kelli Sweeney Apr 13 2021 12:00 AM

He loves you Sadie and missed you dearly! We all love you too:) Aunt Kelli

Kelli Sweeney Apr 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you for your condolences:).

Kelli Sweeney Apr 13 2021 12:00 AM

We appreciate your condolences:)

Kelli Sweeney Apr 13 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Gillette

sadie eve gillette Apr 8 2021 12:00 AM

to the family of wayne please accept our most sincere condolences. wayne was a good friend and I don.t know of anyone who didn't like him. he will be missed very much. bob and ann phillips

bob phillips Apr 3 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Waynes passing. Many fun memories of cheering for McGraw Girls Soccer. Such a nice man.

Gloria (Murray) Hulslander

Gloria Hulslander Apr 2 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wayne Gillette

Dick and Chris Jones Apr 1 2021 12:00 AM

Happy to have met this kind man, he will definitely be missed! One of our faves...

Tara Cottrell Apr 1 2021 12:00 AM

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