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Richard (Rick) Gillette

Richard (Rick) Gillette, who passed away on November 9, 2020, was born August 18, 1952 in San Francisco, California.  Rick graduated from Garces High School in 1970.  In 1978, Rick went to work for Shell Oil until his retirement in 2013.  After retirement, Rick settled in Woody, California.

Rick is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cindy Gillette; children Scott and Heidi Gillette of Fort Worth, Texas, Jacob and Sarah Gillette of Riverside, California; grandchildren Andrew Gillette, Allison Gillette, Liam Gillette, and Madelyn Gillette; brother and sister-in-law, Morgan and Missy Gillette, sister-in-law, Cathy Hanson; brother-in-law and his wife Chuck and Dena Weaver; and many nieces and nephews.The family would like to thank their special friends David and Vickie Jones, and Danny and Michelle from Hoffmann Hospice for their wonderful care.

A memorial service is planned for 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 18 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 124 Columbus Street, Bakersfield, California.

A private graveside service will be held in Woody, California at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society would be very much appreciated.

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I was fortunate enough to have Rick as my supervisor for around five years while he was in Port Arthur. He was a great boss that believed in me way more than he should have. He never micro managed, just let us do our jobs but would always step in when we needed him to. I always enjoyed seeing the knives he made and wish today I had got one from him before he retired back to California.

Rest in Peace my friend. Thank you for being a part of some of the best years I've ever had while working. I'll never forget them.

Michael Melancon Nov 20 2020 12:00 AM