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Byron E. Wilmot

Born: Sun., May 16, 1948
Died: Sun., Aug. 17, 2014


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 22, 2014
Location: Kopler - Williams Funeral Home

Graveside Service

1:00 PM Sat., Aug. 23, 2014
Location: Rushford Cemetery

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Byron E. Wilmot  

Rochester---Byron E. Wilmot of Rochester, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 in his home. He was born on May 16, 1948 in Cuba, a son of the late Gordon and Frankie Drew Wilmot.

Byron taught in the Rush-Henrietta School District for 29 years. He was a collector, painter, played the piano, writer and was active in the theater.

Surviving are three brothers, Russell (Augusta) Wilmot of Hyde Park, James (Dawn) Wilmot of Rushford, Frank (Virginia) Wilmot of Hinsdale, a sister, Laura Long of Caledonia and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother Douglas Wilmot and a brother in law, Michael Long.

Family and friends may gather at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm in Rushford Cemetery, Rushford.

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Sarah Zaffora-Reeder
   Posted Wed August 20, 2014
Truly loved and dearly missed by all that he touched.

amanda lobaugh
   Posted Wed August 20, 2014
You were my first Director when I joined Off-Monroe Players more than 20 years ago...and I knew we'd be friends immediately!

There would be lots of fun nites at Granas - then the German House - til we finally landed at Elmwood Inn ( you'd drink the boring beer w/the burnt french fries) - but sheesh - you were fun to hang out with!

You were our "eldest child" in Disneyworld, you wouldn't get on the horse at Gettysburg, and I'm sorry we won't have you along for anymore vacations w/us.

I'm flattered I got to participate in your wonderful play readings and seeing them performed on stage must have been such a thrill for you - you're writings are so wonderful!

but I think I will miss you most of all in the costume closet at OMP

I'm very glad for all you left for the theatre world to enjoy.

I will miss you.

Wish I could hug you now.

Amanda Lobaugh

Barbara A. Dick
   Posted Wed August 20, 2014
Most beloved friend, stage companion, mentor, and jokester. Byron will be missed greatly on our OMP stage and will always have a special place in my heart.

Betsy Blades (Zeller) Skinner
   Posted Wed August 20, 2014
Dearest Byron - old friend, cohort, director, singer and wonderful human being - with a heavy heart, I have learned you've left us. Thank you for your cheer, your smile, laughter, devotion to teaching, performing and filling so many lives with your dedication and joy. The world is a sadder and less "rapturous!" place without you.

Barbara Sanko
   Posted Thu August 21, 2014
Our neighborhood association (UMHN) has lost one of its most active, longtime members. We could always rely on Byron to pitch in delivering newsletters, help with garden clean-up, attend and take notes at important meetings, and whatever else was asked of him. He was a good neighbor and a good friend to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to his family. Barbara Sanko

Susan Ring
   Posted Thu August 21, 2014
I am so so so sad to hear of Byron's passing. He was part of our family in the 1970's when he was going to GCC. We used to play the piano together and he would eat dinner at our house all the time -- as a good friend of my mom's. I just recently found him again and got back in touch. I have a heavy heart knowing that he is no longer with us. Bless you, Byron and RIP.

Ken Vary
   Posted Thu August 21, 2014
I first met Byron during OMP's spring 2005 production of Gondoliers and its been a fun 10 years of getting to know him on and off stage. He had one of the strangest sense of humors that I learned to love and an infectious laugh that filled the room. I'm glad that I had the chance to do one more show with him this summer in Pultneyville.

He had so much talent for writing, costuming and sparkling on stage.

I will forever miss you my friend! The stage lights are dimmed for you to take your final curtain call and hear the standing ovation you so deserve!

Irma Abu-Jumah
   Posted Thu August 21, 2014
Byron was a great and loving neighbor. Always with a smile and sweet personality. I am very sad to know he leaves us early. I will miss him a lot. I will miss our chats in his front garden and enjoy all the flowers he proudly took care of. My sincere condolences for all the family. God gives you strength in this difficult moment. Rest in Peace dear friend and keep an eye on us. You were and always will be my dear smiling neighbor friend.


Mary Wilmot Vincent
   Posted Fri August 22, 2014
Dear family and friends of Byron,
I am Byron's cousin, our fathers were brothers. After reading all the wonderful comments of Byron's life I regret I did not have the opportunity to get to know him - my father, William B. Wilmot, moved to Texas as a young man.
I pray for God's peace and comfort in your hearts as you miss Byron.
Mary Wilmot Vincent

Bill Wilmot
   Posted Fri August 22, 2014

Dear family and friends of Byron,
I was saddened to read about the passing of my cousin and wished that our lives had allowed us to know each other better and we could have had more visits. I remember all my male cousins and their sister as we played around the farm during our family trip to New York, while I was still a boy. My prayers be with you.
Bill Wilmot

David Holliday
   Posted Fri August 22, 2014
Byron was the first person to give me a non-chorus role in an Off-Monroe Players production, when I asked him if I could be one of the first life guards in his production of Utopia. He graciously said "ask and you shall receive." From this I gained the confidence to audition for leading roles in other OMP productions, which are some of the better memories I have. Byron was a good and gentle person who made this world a better place.

Helen Moore
   Posted Sat August 23, 2014

I will miss discussing art, music and literature with Byron. Outside OMP events, I would love running into him at the Brighton Library (lecture hall), or in the audience of a play or concert. He had talent as a writer, an insight into what makes good art, and a memorable laugh -- I feel his gentle spirit is still with us.

Marcy Long
   Posted Sat August 23, 2014
My sincere condolences to everyone who knew and loved Byron. My memories of Byron are full of fighting with him in Pirates, laughing with him during Review rehearsals and trading triple puns over various occasions. Always a professional, always a gentleman. A great performer, director, mentor and friend. Rest in Peace dear one.

Scot Graham-Raad
   Posted Mon August 25, 2014
I just learned of Byron's passing. I am sorry to everyone for your loss. I met Bryon when he was dancing with the Rochester Scottish Country Dancers and I was a new dancer. With fellow dancer and teacher from Crane School, Louise, we traveled to Sue Moore's home in Canada to spend the night after we danced in front of one of the Shakespeare Festival theaters in Stratford, Ontario. Then dancing the next day on a cement hockey floor due to rain. I'll always remember your laugh and your green 'Ross: Hunting Modern' kilt. I'm happy we reconnected a couple of years ago at an OMP event. I shall miss you and I'm honored that our lives crossed on the dance floor.

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