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Indefatigable entrepreneur and CEO of Guill Tool & Engineering Co. (West Warwick, RI), A. Roger Guillemette, 81, of Narragansett, RI, passed away on June 5. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Joseph Arthur and Yvonne (Roy) Guillemette, both Canadian born.

PlasticsToday Staff

June 29, 2015

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Family, friends and industry mourn loss of Guill Tool CEO Roger Guillemette

Indefatigable entrepreneur and CEO of Guill Tool & Engineering Co. (West Warwick, RI), A. Roger Guillemette, 81, of Narragansett, RI, passed away on June 5. Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Joseph Arthur and Yvonne (Roy) Guillemette, both Canadian born.

guillemettte-200.jpgGuillemette established several businesses during his lifetime. Guill Tool & Engineering Co. was established in 1962 and remains in operation today, a global leader in extrusion tooling. Until recently, Guillemette was very active as CEO and was a constant inspiration to his employees through his passion for engineering quality products and customer solutions. He had been a fierce advocate for U.S. manufacturing on local and national levels, participating in many organizations as well as advocating for STEM education in the state of Rhode Island.

He and his wife Claudette raised four children in the village of Phenix, RI, where they hosted many a sing-a-long around their piano. Among the many other things in life he thoroughly enjoyed, Roger loved playing Skip-Bo with his family and friends.

Professionally, Guillemette was SE MA Chapter past President of NTMA-RI and a longtime member of the Wire Association and Society of Plastic Engineers. As a result of his leadership and drive, Guill Tool remains active in the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, National Association of Manufacturers, National Institute of Manufacturing Skills, the Rhode Island STEM Center and other local endeavors for the betterment of the industry and community.

Guillemette graduated from Coventry High School and served as a machinist in the U.S. Army, 600th Engineering Aviation Maintenance Co. He was stationed in Korea and Mineral Wells, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnny Cake Center of Peace Dale, 1231 Kingstown Rd., Peace Dale, RI 02879. Visit www.nardolillo.com for online condolences.

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