John Wayne Gillette

July 27, 1943 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old


John Wayne Gillette, Sr., 80, of New Orleans, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024 at Touro Hospital in New Orleans.

Visitation will be 6:30-8pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home on Canal Street, as well as 1-1:30pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at The Church Of The Immaculate Conception on Baronne Street.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 1:30pm at The Church of the Immaculate Conception on Baronne Street with Father McGuinn and Father Kettenring officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Roch Number 1. Arrangements are by Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home.

Wayne, as he was known, was born in New Orleans to John Mabel Liner Gillette and Victor August Gillette on July 27, 1943. That birthdate technically makes Wayne a member of the so-called “Silent Generation,” but Wayne himself was rarely silent. A charming and social man, Wayne was always quick with a joke and loved to tell stories—some true, some fiction, all entertaining. He was often lovingly referred to as “a character.” He went to school at Jesuit High School, graduating with the infamous class of 1961. He went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University in 1964 as well as Loyola Law School in 1968, and also received an MBA from Tulane. He married Mary Jane David on July 10, 1976 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New Orleans, and together they had four children: Clare, Amelie, John, and Alexandra (Wayne’s favorite). Wayne was an attorney-at-law in private practice for over 50 years, a fact he would pointedly mention to anyone who dared try to cross him.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the Navy, including service in the Navy’s JAG Corps. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, served as Treasurer of The Gentilly Terrace & Gardens Improvement Association for many years, and was involved in the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as the American Bar Association. He was also a member of a number of Carnival Organizations. 

Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Victor August Gillette, his mother, John Mabel Liner Gillette, his brother, Ronald Paul Gillette, and his sister, Elaine Clare Gillette Noriega. 

Wayne is survived by his wife, Mary Jane David Gillette; his children and their spouses: Clare and Rodrigo Saenz, Amelie Gillette and Mark Proksch, John Wayne Gillette, Jr. and Megg Lamb, and Alexandra Gillette and Daan Muller; as well as his six grandchildren: Ethan Saenz, Benjamin Saenz, Vivienne Gillette, Beatrice Gillette, Max Muller, and David Muller.  

The family of Wayne wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Erica Newman and Brenda Nunnery.

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January 30, 2024

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home
3827 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

January 31, 2024

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Church (Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA)

Mass of Christian Burial
January 31, 2024

1:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Church (Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA)

January 31, 2024

St. Roch #1

New Orleans, LA


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