Richard S. Gillette

October 10, 2020

Richard S. Gillette
U.S. Veteran

US Air Force

Korean War

Richard S. Gillette – of Woburn, October 10th at the age of eighty-seven. Beloved husband of Eleanor M. (Brennan) Gillette. Devoted father of Mary Corcoran, her husband Paul of Needham, Patricia Sullivan, her husband Thomas of Woburn, Richard J. Gillette, his wife Deidre of Woburn and John Gillette of Somerville. Cherished grandfather of Julia Konopasek, her husband Edward, Paul and Lily Corcoran, Brett and Kyle Sullivan and Alex and Philip Gillette, and great-grandfather of Clare. Dear brother of the late Philip Gillette and also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Barbara’s Parish, 138 Cambridge Rd, Woburn, on Wednesday, October 14that 10 A.M. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects prior to the Mass at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard to St. Barbara’s Church or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

 

 

 

Richard S. Gillette -a longtime resident of Woburn, died peacefully, at the age of eighty-seven, on October 10th at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. He was the beloved husband of 61 years to Eleanor M. (Brennan) Gillette. 

Born in Malden, Richard was a son of the late Plemin and Lorriane (Frenette) Gillette. He was raised in Malden and after high school, enlisted in the US Air Force where he served his country proudly in the Korean Conflict until being honorably discharged.

For over 45 years, Richard worked in the trucking industry as a truck driver and traffic manager for Mark Fore and then as a transportation salesman for World Class Logistics.  He was very good to his customers and they were very loyal to him until well past his retirement.

Richard loved his neighborhood and was a faithful member and usher of St. Barbara’s Parish for many decades. He loved to take his wife Eleanor out to dinner to many local establishments, where they befriended many servers over the years, who remain friends to this day. His generosity to his community and many charities speaks to his giving, loving spirit.

He was an avid New England sports fan and also enjoyed playing an occasional game of pool. He remained very active over the years and enjoyed going to the gym, even if to just socialize. His favorite sporting events to watch were the games and races of his seven grandchildren.

Above all, Richard was a devoted, supportive and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Along with his wife Eleanor, Richard is survived by his children, Mary Corcoran, her husband Paul of Needham, Patricia Sullivan, her husband Thomas of Woburn, Richard J. Gillette, his wife Deidre of Woburn and John Gillette of Somerville. Cherished grandfather of Julia Konopasek, her husband Edward, Paul and Lily Corcoran, Brett and Kyle Sullivan and Alex and Philip Gillette, and great-grandfather of Clare. Dear brother of the late Philip Gillette and also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Barbara’s Parish, 138 Cambridge Rd, Woburn, on Wednesday, October 14that 10 A.M. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects prior to the Mass at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.  Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard to St. Barbara’s Church or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

 

 

 

A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Barbara’s Parish, 138 Cambridge Rd, Woburn, on Wednesday, October 14that 10 A.M. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to briefly pay their respects prior to the Mass at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. All attending are asked to enter through the front door of the funeral home and exit through the back door. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. Remembrances may be made in honor of Richard to St. Barbara’s Church or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

 

 

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  1. I am a neighbor of Dick’s. I first met him at Planet Fitness a few years ago. At first, I didn’t know what to make of him. He acted grumpy and a little standoffish. Eventually, I saw the real person, and I liked him a lot. We ended up being political comrades. I’ll miss him, and I feel sorry for his family’s loss. Rest-in-peace my friend. It was my pleasure knowing you. Harry MacDonald 3 Carroll Road

  2. Will always remember Mr. Gillette from the old West Side neighborhood. He was a good guy. My thoughts and prayers to the Gillette Family.
    Respectfully,
    Dusty Miller

  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Richard. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Take care and stay safe!

    Rita Conlon (Choir member)

  4. Patti, I was so sorry to read of this. I know that you are very close with your family and that your parents shared a special and long love. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you family.

  5. Eleanor, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Sincerely,

    Loretta Tocio (from choir)

  6. Patti so sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad. I remember him as a fine gentleman and a soul mate to your Mom. Keep those warm memories close to your heart. Kathy

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