Robert B. Gillet, 91, of Geneseo, died Friday, July 10, 2015, at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. A memorial mass was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 14 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula officiated. Military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was one hour prior to the service (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.). Memorials may be left to the Robert Gillet Memorial Fund to be distributed to several charitable organizations. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert B. Gillet, 91, of Geneseo, died Friday, July 10, 2015, at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. A memorial mass was at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 14 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula officiated. Military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was one hour prior to the service (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.). Memorials may be left to the Robert Gillet Memorial Fund to be distributed to several charitable organizations. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the son of Emile and Margaret (Compeau) Gillet. He graduated from Binghamton North High School in New York, and then, in 1950, from the University of Georgia. Robert proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a tail gunner on a dive bomber serving in the Pacific theater. Robert was united in marriage to Shirley Rodman on May 2, 1945, in Thomasville, Ga.

Robert was employed by John Deere Industrial Equipment Company for 26 years. He served on the Geneseo City Council for 14 years. He was a member of St. Malachy Church. Robert enjoyed fishing, watching sports and doing crossword puzzles.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 70 years; sons, Robert B. Gillet Jr. of Quincy, Chris R. (Carolyn) Gillet of Geneseo and Peter (Linda) Gillet of Geneseo; grandchildren, Brian (Lia) Gillet, Matthew (Gleice) Gillet, Kathryn (Jamie) Ong and Alexander (Danielle) Gillet; great-grandchildren, Collin, Reid, Isabella, Felix and Archer; and a sister, Ceil (Ed) Dufur of Schenectady, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Patrick Gillet; and a sister, Carol Clark.