Benjamin James Gillett

November 15, 1937 ‒ June 11, 2020

Fredericktown, Ohio

Benjamin James Gillett, age 82, of Fredericktown, Ohio passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Marshall, Michigan on November 15, 1937 to the late Lowell and Dolores (McNutt) Gillett.

Ben graduated from Jackson High School in 1955 and then attended Eastern Michigan University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business. He was a member of the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church for over 20 years, and a member of the York Masonic Lodge, and Aladdin Temple Shriners Medical Unit.  Ben owned and operated Gillett Associates in Columbus, Ohio for 48 years.

Ben enjoyed sailing, golf, fishing, hunting, and making homemade wine.  Most of all Ben loved being around his loving family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Esther (Hire) Gillett; Children, Pamela Gillett, Paul (Deb) Gillett, Karen (Steve) Caserta, Linda (John) Wright; grandchildren, Michelle (Ross) Boesch, Alex Tuller, Kelsey Ewing, Rachel Caserta, Christina Caserta, Sarah Gillett; great-grandchildren, Felicity and Amelia Boesch; a sister, Beverly (Larry) Vines-Haynes; several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks goes to the doctors and nurses at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Along with his parents, Ben is preceded in death by his sister, Janet Barron.

Due to the pandemic, no services will be observed at this time.  Pastor Christine Burns will officiate the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Fredericktown Presbyterian church; 17 S Main St, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 or James Cancer Hospital Solove Research Institute; 460 W 10th Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

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  • To a great friend, and an amazing accountant. Ben I will miss you greatly. We met under one of the strangest and LUCKIEST circumstances ever when you won the Corvette, and we’ve remained friends for more than 25 years. I will miss you, your quiet, calming voice, and your knowledge. My best to each and everyone of you. Much love, Jeremy

  • Ben has prepared my taxes as well as my sister’s taxes for several years. I know Ben mostly through his daughter Pam, who is a dear friend of mine and a co-worker. Ben is an extremely conscientious and ethical man. I pray that Pam and Esther and the entire Gillett family are comforted by their faith. May Ben rest in Christ.

  • Ben was a special friend and accountant for me for nearly 48 years. We met and started doing business in early 70s. We have been through many business tax situations over all those years and Ben was always able to help us above and beyond the call of duty. Esther and their family still remain close friends . You have our deepest sympathy for his loss. He was truly one of a kind.

  • A very dear friend has gone home to be with his Lord. Ben is smiling down upon us, healthy and at great peace. Although you were taken home before God called us, we will one day be together. Thanks for your guidance, love and friendship. We miss you.

    Esther and family, you are in our prayers. May God give you his peace.