Anthony Phillip “Tony” Gilette III

May 5, 2019
Anthony Phillip “Tony” Gilette III

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Anthony Phillip Gilette III, “Tony”, passed away at home on May 5, in Williamsburg, VA at the age of 47.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Obenshain Gilette. He is survived by his father, Anthony Phillip Gilette, Jr, of Wilmington, NC; stepfather, James Walsh, of Williamsburg, VA; his soulmate Chrissie Neese Leslie of Williamsburg, VA; Maddie & Jonathan, his bonus children of Canton, GA; his sister, Kathi Gilette Hernandez (Steve), of Williamsburg, VA; his nephew, Michael Carr of Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Everyone’s life became brighter when he was brought into the world on November 25, 1971, and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1989. He had an enormous passion for life, and was just beginning the life of his dreams with Chrissie, their two cats Ben & Jerry, and their seven chickens. He was passionate about everyone and everything in life. Friends, being a pastry chef, the most amazing brother, being the other half of Chrissie’s world. He loved gardening and living in the present. For the past nine years, he has been the pastry chef for Aromas in Williamsburg. He adored his work family.

A celebration of life is being held at Bucktrout in Williamsburg on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 3 PM. All are welcome to attend and celebrate his amazing life. Reception will follow, and the celebration will continue.

In lieu of flowers and donations, we respectfully ask that you plant something that will flourish, grow, and make the world a better place.


Saturday, May 11, 2019
3:00 PM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • May 07, 2019
    Christina Obenshain Donofrio lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2019 at 5:44:02 PM

  • May 07, 2019
    Wendy Hughes says:
    Your smile and energy could light up a room my friend. Your laugh itself could make other people laugh. Countless memories of youth come to mind. Dancing at shows, planning the next thing to do. You were always so full of energy. I am so glad to see your life become what it did. Happy and fulfilled. And man could you bake a mean cake! I saddened by your sudden departure. My heart goes out to your family. We are all better for knowing you brother. We will miss you but we won't forget you

  • May 07, 2019
    babz covington says:
    California, preaching on the burning shore California, I'll be knocking on the golden door Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine. My time coming, anyday, don't worry about me, no It's gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passin' slow Still I know I lead the way, they tell me where I go. Don't worry about me, no no no, don't worry about me, no and I'm in no hurry, no no no, I know where to go.

  • May 08, 2019
    stephen neese says:
    I'm at a loss for words.Tony was the most selfless friend one could have.Truly a free Spirit.he was inspiring. he would (literally) give the shirt off his back, If it meant it would help you.I'll never forget the time I was Homeless, No where to go. I had just got back in town.not much money,and too much pride. I was walking down Richmond Rd.Next thing remember, is Tony pulling up in His Blue Monticarlo."Hey Bro", Whats going on, he said? hop in. I told him my situation. he took me back to his place, and and said "Stay here, get your self together, and get a Job" It didn't take two days,I was working and getting myself back together. He was my Tie dye buddy.We worked together without words.we just both knew what to do, we had a system. you will always be in my heart and soul Tony. Sweet Dreams Brother.

  • May 08, 2019
    stephen neese says:
    Walking down Richmond Rd. {1998)