William Gilberti

William A. Gilberti

Friday, December 29th, 1950 - Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
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William A. Gilberti
December 29, 1950 - December 9, 2020
William A. Gilberti, Eastwood, passed away after a brief illness on December 9, 2020 at the age of 69.
A gentle soul and loving provider, Will was the true definition of what a husband, father and grandfather should be. Will’s humorous wit will be remembered by all. Miraculously surviving cancer, Will and his family cherished every moment living life to the fullest. Will enjoyed summers on Sandy Pond, boating and fishing with his grandchildren, and being in the company of his beloved friends and neighbors.
Will grew up with a strong work ethic. Much of his youth was spent in the kitchen at the family’s Corner House restaurant. Long weekend hours didn’t leave much time for hanging out with high school friends but the friendships he did develop lasted his whole life. He really enjoyed catching up with those friends at his 50th class reunion. In his 20’s he went to work at New Process Gear –a tough and demanding job, not a glorious job but it was what he did to provide for his family.
He also had a strong faith, which helped tremendously when, in 2001, he faced the diagnosis of 2 incurable, aggressive cancers simultaneously. His faith was placed in his doctors and that the Lord would grant him the strength to survive, which he did – beating all odds. He traveled to Arkansas for his treatments where he found a whole community of new and very close friendships.
He did what he could to help his community. He donated to several charities, both locally and in other parts of the country. In the winter you would find him snow blowing sidewalks up and down the street and around the corner. Helping others was a way of life.
Born December 29, 1950 in Syracuse, he was a proud graduate of Henninger High School (1969) and retiree of New Venture Gear. He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Sue; his daughter Diane (Jason) Recor; son Joseph (Kayla Gallipeau); grandchildren, Jake Recor and Julia Recor; brother Michael (Patricia) Gilberti; sister Denise(James) DeSantis; sister-in-law Nancy Gilberti; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Tony and Joyce Gilberti, and his brother Anthony Gilberti III, who he loved dearly. Today, as we grieve, we are comforted to know that Will and Anthony are back together, joking and laughing like kids again as they watch over us.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Myeloma Institute of Research Therapy in Little Rock, Arkansas or a charity of choice.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 | 12:15pm
    Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 12:15pm
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    800 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13203
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    Graveside service will be at 12:15 pm on Tuesday. Those wishing to attend can meet at the cemetery office at noon. Please feel free to contact the funeral home for more information.
  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    800 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13203
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Al Wells

Posted at 08:19pm
Sue & Family, may the Lord comfort and bless you with peace only he can give, to heal the void in your hearts.
Will and I shared many memories of our time at NPG. Our golf games were always filled with laughter. I will forever remember his great sense of humor. He often spoke of his loving devotion to family. A person of genuine integrity.
Al Wells

Al and Barb Wells

Posted at 07:38pm
With heartfelt condolences,
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Posted at 07:27pm

Anthony DiMento

Posted at 12:04am
My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of Bill Gilberti. I had the good fortune of meeting Bill in high school and have always considered him to be a warm, caring and kind person. His pleasant nature, mild humor and endearing smile was appreciated by everyone. It was naturally simple to befriend Bill with his approachable personality and genuine character. I was very pleased to see him again at the Henninger High School 50th Year Reunion and proud to introduce him to my wife, Rina. She subsequently commented on how “comfortable and pleasant it was to speak with him”.

We are all grateful to Bill for giving us faith and hope that we are among truly wonderful people in this world. May God Bless his Soul.

Tony DiMento

Rick Azzoto

Posted at 02:22pm
I've known Will and his family for 50 yrs. Tony and my Brother Vic were Best Friends, and we were always eating at The Corner House or having functions there. It was truly my honor to call Will Friend. His Obit tells it all, if there truly is a Heaven, he is there with Tony. R.I.P. My Brother. Till we meet again.

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