Robert Gregory Gillette (1970-2018)

Robert Gregory “Greg” Gillette, 47, passed away Feb. 2nd 2018 at The Denver Hospice in Colorado after a courageous battle with cancer.

Greg had a big heart, a wonderful sense of humor and was a loyal and honest friend. He exhibited a boundless energy for nutrition, dancing, outdoor adventure and meaningful conversation. Greg adored Mother Nature and was an avid hiker and snowboarder. He lived from the west coast in Ashland, Oregon to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and made a broad spectrum of amazing friends in-between.

Greg was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1970, the son of Robert E. Gillette and the late Kay Koontz Gillette and was the youngest of three children. He grew up in Suffolk, Virginia and attended Nansemond Suffolk Academy.

Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Elon University in 1992, and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Greg also held a degree in integrative nutrition.

Greg, also known as “Lou Ray,” “Weasel,” and “Spice Master” was passionate about healthy eating and shared his vast knowledge with the clients he counseled through his own business, Primal Radiance. Greg shared his best practices for healthy living on numerous radio shows as well, always striving to make a difference in people’s lives. For Greg, the way to balance was healthy diet and he celebrated whole food and natural nutrition.
Greg had a tremendous amount of perseverance and determination when he set a personal goal and he was a caring human being who taught those he met to spend less time on trivial matters and more time creating meaningful relationships. All those who knew Greg appreciated his strong spirit, humor and grace. He was a kind soul, a beautiful listener and he will be dearly missed.

Greg is predeceased by his mother, Kay Koontz Gillette. He is survived by his father, Robert E. Gillette of Suffolk VA; sister Jennifer Gillette Miller and husband Brian and their children, Kate and Harrison of Winterville, NC; and sister Janet Brewster Gillette of Berlin Germany.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Feb. 17th at 3pm at Oakland Christian Church, 5641 Godwin Boulevard, Suffolk Virginia with the Rev. Wayne Gardner officiating. A reception at the church for family and friends will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Greg’s memory to Impact Locally ( or to The Weston A. Price Foundation

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10 thoughts on “Robert Gregory Gillette”

  1. I am so deeply sorry to awake to this news today.

    While I didn’t know Greg deeply, we had some deep conversations. I kept him close on FB after he left Glenwood Springs because his passion and energy IS amazing and infectious. Because of him I am a better me. I will miss his posts, video, comments and energy.

    Sending love and light to all who hold him dear.

    In gratitude,


  2. Message You were a great patriot and friend. I will miss you so much! I have nothing but love and great memories.

  3. Greg it has been many years but I will always remember that dry wit and sense of humor of that kid from Suffolk. You were a great friend, roomie and Kappa Sigma.

    Rest In Peace My Brother!

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    This is just so hard to grasp. I know it’ll come in time. I only wish I had known, my friend. I would’ve called and messaged you over and over and over again. Last we spoke was August of last year, I asked your opinion on something regarding our children, if only had I known. I will cherish our memories from college and keep them close to my heart. Prayers to your family for love, hope, faith, support and guidance. You’ll be hanging out with my parents up there, my mom will hook you up on some yummy Greek food. Lots of love, until we meet again….xoxoxo Victoria

  5. So Sorry to see how suddenly and irrevocably that cancer took hold! That was so fast. We are Immortal Spirit and these bodies are but temporary forms, but I’m still shocked. May Greg rest in Peace and his family be comforted. He was a vibrant, funny, vivacious soul, and will be missed.

  6. I will miss Greg for the rest of my life. He was my friend and favorite dance partner. We shared homes in Oregon, Colorado, and North Carolina. Greg, you are a part of my heart. Rest in peace my friend.

  7. Im very saddened by this news about greg. I knew he waa sick but not that sick. I loved his energy anf zest for life and his passion for others. The world.was a better place with him in it and i feel lucky to have known him. I hope you are pain free now greg. rip.

  8. Greg, you will be missed, my friend. I wish you could have come to our wedding. I learned a lot from you brother…. you embodied Truth very deeply…. we love you… Eric and Megan

  9. Bob and family,
    I was so very sorry to learn of Greg’s passing. I have many fond memories of him through the years – watching him grow up from a boy to becoming such a fine man who was talented and athletic. I know this is such a big loss for you, and it is my hope that the memories of Greg bring you rest and peace in the coming days.
    Ronald Williams and staff of the Suffolk Treasurer’s Office

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