Francis W. Gillet Jr., 71, Realtor, liquor distributor

May 16, 2002

Francis Warrington Gillet Jr., a Realtor and former Maryland liquor distributor, died Monday from complications of heart disease at his home in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 71 and had lived at Oakington in Havre de Grace and at Fox Den Farm in Glyndon.

He sold real estate for Sotheby's in Palm Beach, where he moved about 35 years ago. He was formerly a wholesale liquor salesman for Gillet-Wright Inc., a family-owned South Fulton Avenue business in Baltimore that distributed the Hiram Walker beverage line. He worked alongside his father, Francis Warrington Gillet Sr., a decorated World War I flying ace.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised on East 39th Street and graduated from Gilman School in 1948. He studied at the University of Oklahoma before earning a degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

He served in the Army and attained the rank of first lieutenant.

A hunter, he was president of Game Conservancy USA at his death, and belonged to clubs in New York, London and Palm Beach.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, Glyndon.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Elesabeth Ingalls; a son, F. Warrington "Warry" Gillet III of Monkton; a daughter, Suzy Gillet Chewning of Hume, Va.; and four grandchildren. A previous marriage to the former Eleanor Tydings ended in divorce in 1964.

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