Thomas Richard Gillotti

October 4, 1946December 26, 2020

Gillotti, Thomas R., age 74, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020.

Tom had a long and successful career as sales manager for auto dealers in Dayton, OH and Las Vegas, NV. Tom loved his time in Las Vegas where he worked for AutoNation’s Desert Lincoln Mercury until his retirement in 2012. Prior to working in the automobile industry he was employed by the City of Dayton in the parks and recreation division. When Tom returned to Dayton he helped his brother Jerry with the operations of Gilly’s nightclub until it closed in 2017.

Tom was a graduate of Chaminade Julienne High School and the University of Dayton. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Adam Gillotti; brother, Gerald Gillotti; and by a nephew, Stephen Gillotti. He is survived by a brother, Maj. Frederick (Carol) Gillotti USMC (Ret.); sister-in-law, Winnie Gillotti; aunt, Mildred Gillotti; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Hospice of Dayton or to the American Cancer Society.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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Pat Nugent

January 11, 2021

Thanks Tommy for all the great memories and being an ever faithful best friend. I'm really going to miss you!!

Jack Potter

January 10, 2021

I worked in the car business for 23 years. I worked with Tom for almost 6 years in Las Vegas. We were working together when he had bypass surgery. He pulled through the surgery like a champ. He was a terrific co worker, funny and always willing to help his staff. I will miss him. He was one of the good guys. RIP TOM

Cathy Gillotti

January 1, 2021

Uncle Tom was one of a kind. He bravely fought liver cancer over the last 10 months starting at the beginning of the pandemic shutdown. In a time of profound isolation, he went through chemo and other experimental treatments. It was difficult not to be able to visit or comfort him during this past year, but in his style, he kept pushing forward and bravely faced the challenges of his treatment and the pandemic.

One of my favorite memories with Uncle Tom was when he lived in Las Vegas. Mom, Dad, Steve and I went to Vegas for a visit. I had recently graduated with my Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. Uncle Tom, Steve and I went out one night to gamble. We started at the Mirage where Uncle Tom taught me to play craps. It was a whirlwind of instruction as the roller was "hot" and rolled for 45 minutes before crapping out. The next morning after breakfast, we went back to the craps table. The croupier did not think I was old enough to gamble. Uncle Tom quickly put him in his place and started yelling "roll the bones Doc - roll the bones Doc!"
Safe to say - the coolest uncle ever! You are greatly missed Uncle Tom!

Steve Tatone

December 26, 2020

Tommy was an integral member of the Steve Tatone Buick-GMC management team and was a force to be reckoned with in our family business in Fairborn, Ohio during our explosive growth in the 1980’s. More than that, Tommy was my friend and confidante who, along with his brother Jerry, helped me immeasurably, personally and professionally, in countless ways that mere words simply can’t describe. He was a highly intelligent, extremely loyal and tirelessly devoted brother-in-arms who led by example, reveled in our victories and steadied us when the going got tough. Tom had a sharp style, a quick wit and a cool, calm swagger all his own...and he lived his life with dignity, humility and a fierce grace.

I shall dearly miss Tommy’s humor, counsel and guidance - but I can’t help but to hold back the tears, shake my head and smile a bit at the news of his transition to what comes next, because I know he’s being welcomed home by his legendary brother and is revisiting their familiar discussion about which artist to book next to entertain their heavenly hosts and celestial audience.

Love & Light to the entire Gillotti Family & the legion of Friends Tommy leaves behind. Linda and I can’t thank you enough old friend.

- Steve Tatone