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Robert “Bob” Edward Gillette, 78, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Jody Barbara Bliesener Gillette, died Friday morning, October 11, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he was a son of the late William Joseph Gillette and the late Marion Waldron Gillette. Bob was of the Methodist faith. He was a United States Army veteran. Bob was a caretaker for many years at the Hartford YMCA. He loved spending time with his family and friends, helping others, and he enjoyed woodworking, construction projects, and working with his hands.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Adell Urban and Georgianna Conklin, and four brothers, Walter Gillette, William Gillette, Alan Gillette and Richard Gillette.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Jody Barbara Bliesener Gillette of Savannah; one daughter, Justine Marie Massengill and her husband, Will, of Atlanta; two sons, Mark Robert Gillette of New Hartford, Connecticut, and Randy Glen Gillette and his wife, Amy, of Colebrook, Connecticut; four grandchildren, Morgan Gillette, Katharine Gillette, Jarrett Gillette and Colby Gillette; three sisters, Marion Bullis and her husband, Harvey, Donna Buyak and her husband, Eugene, and Carol Blass and her husband, Bucky, and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, October 19, 2019, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

A memorial service, with military honors, will be held at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, October 19, 2019, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Drew Humphreys. Interment will be private.

Remembrances: American Heart Association – Post Office Box #15515, Savannah, Georgia 31416.

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  1. Linda VonWaldner says:

    Skip and I were saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a very dear friend and will be missed. Bob’s family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Linda & Skip VonWaldner

  2. GINNA Taft says:

    Jody and Justine, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was Truly one of a kind. He always took care of me at the waterfront and getting the canoes welded every year was his gift to me! I can see him on the backhoe conquering yet another Connecticut rock that I found digging on a work weekend project. The ones I found were always huge and I can hear him telling me to stop digging! My prayers are with you and my heart is Breaking for both of you. Love, Ginna

  3. JP James says:

    Will and Justine, our family and the extended company family are really sad to hear of your dad’s passing. We love you guys and are here to support in any way possible. – JP, Mary, Evelyn, Nora, Alaina, and Leanna

  4. Gary, Wixie and Alyx Bliesener says:

    We are so saddened by Bob’s sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we will always cherish our memories of Bob, especially his wonderful sense of humor. He was the best ever.

  5. Catherine Foertsch Britcher says:

    Dear Randy and Mark,
    We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We have fond memories of time spent with your family back in CT on West Hill. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mrs. (Cathy) Foertsch
    Susan and Heinz

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