Robert Gillette

Published 6:40 pm Monday, February 5, 2018

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

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 and outdoor adventure. Greg adored Mother Nature and was an avid hiker and snowboarder. He lived from the West Coast in Ashland, Ore., 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 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 and attended Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.


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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 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.

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

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Oakland Christian Church, 5641 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, with the Rev. Wayne Gardner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Greg’s memory to Impact Locally ( or to The Weston A. Price Foundation. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Robert Gillette