Gillooly Funeral Home

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Wayne Francis Tillett

March 9, 1952September 6, 2019

Wayne Francis Tillett, 67, of Walpole, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019, after a lengthy illness. Born on March 9, 1952 in Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC, son of Virgil Wayne and Josephine (Macchi) Tillett. He was raised and educated in Hyde Park and moved to Dedham before settling in Walpole twenty-six years ago. Mr. Tillett worked as a processing engineer and machinist for Custom Group in Woburn for over thirty-five years, until his retirement last year. He was a longtime member of the Metropolitan Yacht Club in Braintree and loved boating with his family and friends. Mr. Tillett had a keen eye to detail; this trait proved successful in so many ways in his life, from his career to his impeccable yard. He was a skilled craftsman and woodworker, much to his grandchildren’s delight. Mr. Tillett was a kind and generous man, always willing to help others.

He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty years, Linda Jean (Sneyd) Tillett; devoted father of Kristen T. Doty and her husband James of Hollywood, FL, Wayne F. Tillett, Jr., and his wife Nicole of North Attleboro; proud grandfather of Tyler and Emily Doty, Victoria Doty and her husband Austin Humes, all of Indiana, Isabel Doty of Florida, Nathan and MaryKate Tillett, both of North Attleboro; loving brother of Donald Tillett of Norwood; also extended family including several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For additional information and guestbook, please visit: GilloolyFuneralHome.com


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Gary Soter

September 19, 2019

Dear Linda & Family,

I would like to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. I worked with Wayne at Custom Machine for the last 11 years and can credit him with a great amount of my machining knowledge. I will miss his clever wit, his intellect and his amazing recall of even the smallest detail. He was a great guy and it is truly a shame that he had to leave so soon.

He is and will be missed!

Gary Soter

Kevin Joyce

September 11, 2019

Dear Linda & family
My deepest sympathy to you and your children for your loss. I have had the pleasure of working with Wayne for thirty years. I'll always remember his commitment to excellence and his great skill and craftsmanship. We worked on a lot of interesting projects together over the years. I'll remember his humor and the
Laughs we sheared. God bless you and your family.

Danny Marfione

September 11, 2019

Dear Linda and family,

My deepest sympathies for the loss of your husband & father, Wayne.
I’ve worked with him for all his years at Custom Machine and benefited from his knowledge. He was a fair minded supervisor, as well as, a fine friend to me.

Danny Marfione

Trudy McAdams

September 11, 2019

Linda and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. We had great times at MYC. My John loved you both as do I.
Wayne loved boating. It was so easy to see it on his face.
Somehow, right now, I remember us eating at the Rascal House in North Miami many years ago? I can't remember if there was another couple. Were we sitting at the counter?

Please do not be a stranger when you visit your daughter and her family in FLA, call me. I would love to see you.

Kathy Wheaton

September 11, 2019


My deepest sympathies to you & your family for the loss. I worked with Wayne for the past 19 years & he was a good friend. He loved to reminiscence about growing up in Hyde Park, memories we both shared about people and places. His humor, though very dry, was quick and most times hilarious. Custom Machine has not been the same without his humor and manufacturing expertise. He will always be missed both professionally and personally by everyone at Custom Machine.

Kathy Wheaton

Brad McCormick

September 9, 2019

First I'd like to express my deepest sympathies to Wayne's family during such a difficult time.
My fondest memories of Wayne are the late day conversations we had when everyone else had gone home. We'd talk about work, what was going on in our lives and how to get a great looking lawn. I learned a lot from Wayne over the 18 years we worked together at Custom Machine. He was a great guy once you got to know him. He will be missed!!

Brad McCormick
IT Manager
Custom Machine

Peter & Teri Amato

September 9, 2019

Linda & Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Wayne's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. Wayne will surely be missed!

Teri & Peter Amato & Family

Trish Regan & Dan Cibotti

September 9, 2019

Linda, we are so very sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. We will cherish the times we spent with you both at MYC...from fun on the dock (martini night!) to boating adventures on the Vineyard. We will miss Wayne’s quick wit and genuine love. Our prayers are with Wayne, you and your family. Love Trish & Dan

Carl Pasciuto

September 9, 2019

We have all lost a good friend and mentor. He was a valuable and trusted member of the Custom Group family and I will be forever grateful for all his advise and creative solutions to very complex manufacturing problems. We all learned a great deal from him and will be forever grateful for his dedication and passion for the manufacturing trade. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Carl Pasciuto
President Custom Group

Sheila Sneyd

September 8, 2019

Linda, Kristen, Wayne and family,
Heartbroken about Wayne's passing. I will forever remember the happy times and beautiful memories that have been made over the years.
Wayne's smile and laugh would light up the room.
What you saw is what you got... a straight honest man who called it the way it was.
You meant the world to me buddy and I will miss you dearly.
Hope your fishing with Ed and having a good laugh.
With love,