David Gillotti was an illustrious businessman, philanthropist and former Marine. Above all else he was a dedicated family man who dedicated himself to his wife, children and grandchildren.
He was a longtime resident of Danbury, CT and a graduate of New Fairfield High School. Survived by his wife Barbara Jane Ferris; stepchildren Jessica and Blake; granddaughters Aubrey and Brinley; brother Cody Gillotti; sister Danielle Mazza; grandmother Nancy ‘Nan’ Fischer; as well as numerous aunts and uncles, he will be deeply missed by those he leaves behind.
Early Life and Education
David Gillotti was raised in Danbury, Connecticut alongside his parents and siblings. He attended New Fairfield High School before enrolling at Naugatuck Community College.
David was a graduate of the University of Redlands and earned his teaching credential before working for 30 years at Redlands Unified School District. This past year he and his wife Wendy retired from their profession in education.
David and Wendy made the difficult decision to retire from teaching after over 30 years together. It will allow them to spend more time with their two children, Kailey (25), and Michael (21), as they continue their journey together in joy.
They are moving to Candlewood Lake in Milford, Delaware.
David Gillotti has earned numerous awards and recognition during his long and illustrious career, but one of his most impressive feats was founding an outstanding holistic financial planning firm with offices in Katonah, NY and Norwich, VT. Additionally he serves on the board of Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich as well as being a vocal supporter of High Horses Therapeutic Riding located in Sharon, VT.
However, the most difficult decision he had to make was retiring as a high school teacher – something he and his wife Wendy had carefully thought through before making it official. After more than 30 years teaching fourth grade, he and Wendy decided that they wanted more time with their two children, Kailey and Michael, whom they have known since birth.
Achievement and Honors
Gillotti was one of three GCC students named to the Schreyer Scholars program, which recognizes exceptional undergraduates for their outstanding academic achievements and successes. Each graduating scholar receives an Honors degree as well as a bronze medal designed by renowned Penn State professor emeritus John A. Cook – an accolade not often bestowed upon GCC students!
She earned a President’s List honor, GCC’s highest recognition for students who maintain an impressive grade-point average. Additionally, she serves as student representative on the GCC Board of Trustees and works as a work-study intern in International Student and Admissions Offices at the College. As a Digital Arts major with a 4.0 GPA, her accomplishments are truly impressive!
David Gillotti was raised in Danbury and graduated from New Fairfield High School. He enjoyed playing the drums, baseball, weightlifting and BMX racing; additionally he loved spending time with his doggies boating on Candlewood Lake.
According to a recent obituary in Daily Voice Danbury, Gillotti passed away unexpectedly on January 5 at Danbury Hospital. An autopsy was conducted on Monday and the cause of death was listed as undetermined.
Matthew Gillotti was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Barnum Road last August. His family remembered him as an adoring husband and loving father to his children Kailey and Michael.
Gillotti is suspected in a string of thefts captured on surveillance video. The videos depict him taking vacuums, cat food and other household items from Target stores in western Palm Beach County.
David Gillotti was a generous man who generously gave of his time and resources. He was an devoted husband, father, stepfather and grandfather as well as owner/operator of Harley Dave’s Chop and Shop motorcycle shop in Candlewood Lake. Additionally, David loved spending time with family members and pets as well.
On January 5, 2022 at Danbury Hospital in New Fairfield, CT, David Gillotti passed away at 47 years of age. Survived by his wife Barbara Jane Ferris and stepchildren Jessica and Blake, as well as grandparents Nancy “Nan” Fischer and Paul Fischer; predeceased by parents David and Paula Gillotti along with brothers Matthew and Justin.