The Life and Legacy
Peter M. Gillette
Peter Marshall Gillette was born on September 2, 1970, to Eva Mae Gillette and Peter Gillette Sr. in Orlando, Florida. Peter was the youngest of five children. He was a beloved son, brother, husband, cousin, and friend. Of all his titles, the one that always gave him the greatest joy was that of Uncle to his many nieces and nephews.
Peter was strong, kind, loving, and a believer in Jesus Christ. He was a great storyteller and loved to keep his family entertained during family gatherings. He was affectionately known by his very close friends as “The People’s Genius” and “The Razor,” while family members lovingly knew him as “Bobo”.
He attended public schools in Orlando including Ridgewood Elementary School, Meadowbrook Middle School, and Maynard Evans High School. It was during his school years and growing up the Malibu neighborhood, where he developed friendships that have stood the test of time and have continued into his adulthood. Peter later resided in Apopka where he prospered personally and professionally. He was dedicated professional who had over 25 years in the tile management industry where he excelled and was sought after for his expertise and managerial skills. In his most recent position at Trinity Surfaces, he served as a Senior Account Manager.
It was no secret to all who knew him that Peter was an avid Florida State University (FSU) Seminole fan who enjoyed being vocal about his support for his team. He could be found on Saturdays wearing his garnet and gold FSU gear cruising around the Orlando area in his black RAM truck proudly displaying his FSU flags and tag. He was also a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and enjoyed discussing some of his favorite films like Captain America, Black Panther, Hulk, and the Avengers.
However, when it came to priorities in his life, Peter’s mother, Ms. Eva Gillette, was always #1. He loved his mother dearly and they had a unique bond like no other. He was her only son and the baby of the family, so she always had a special place in her heart for him. As Peter grew into adulthood, he wanted to make sure his mother felt the love she had always gave to him and he made sure she was taken care of during her senior years.
Peter was especially proud of the accomplishments of his nieces and nephews. He would always make it a priority to attend academic and sporting events and loved to highlight these events on social media. He was their #1 supporter and encourager to his nieces and nephews. Seeing them achieve their goals in life gave him the greatest joy anyone could ever imagine. He wanted to be sure that his nieces and nephews knew how much he loved them and that he would always be there to encourage them throughout their entire life.
When Peter met the love of his life, Gail, he found his soulmate. He always spoke so fondly of their relationship and said she was his best friend. While together they traveled, attended football games, dined at various restaurants, and grew spiritually by attending church services together. He truly enjoyed their lasting friendship and continued love for one another.
It was on Pentecost Sunday, May 28, 2023, that Peter completed his good fight of faith and was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Savior. Peter was preceded in death by his grandfather, Albert Washington, his grandmother Clara Alice Washington, and his beloved sister, Linda Diane Gillette Render. He leaves to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy, mother, Eva Gillette; father, Peter Gillette, Sr.; devoted love Gail Gillette; loving sisters Mary Scott (Jimmy), Deborah Bellenger, Rushon Gillette; supportive nieces and nephew, Sylvia Washington (Carlos) Quevedo, Sheleana Jenkins, LaQuisha (Jon) Persak, Clemel Antwan Taylor, Shayla Bellenger, Shaina Bellenger; grandnieces Aralyn Persak, Genesis Taylor, Kelani Smith; grandnephews who brought him so much joy, Derrick Smith Jr., Monroe Sanderson Jr., Jeremiah Sanderson, Latorie Hollinger Jr., Sheldon Jenkins-Lee and a host of loving cousins, and close friends who will hold him close to their hearts forever.