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Club 86’s Bill Legott remembered fondly by friends and family

Bill Legott is being remembered by friends and family as a “true gentleman,” a man of “class” and “integrity.”

Well-known Club 86 restaurateur William “Bill” Legott died unexpectedly Oct. 30 of a heart attack, and a steady stream of mourners packed St. Stephen’s Church Tuesday for his funeral. He was 66.

Mark Venuti, a close friend and Geneva town supervisor, called Legott a “true gentleman, kind, considerate and helpful.”

“A simple example is he and his wife, Lori, and me and my wife, Belinda, have been working out with a trainer for the past year” Venuti said. “After every session, Bill would tell the trainer, ‘Thanks, that was a great class.’ ”

Geneva native Nick Massa, now of Rochester, said he went to work for Jimmy Legott, Bill’s father, at the club when he was 12. But he quickly became acquainted with Bill as he gradually took over more responsibilities from his father.

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In 2015 Bill Legott appeared in the Studios as a guest on the podcast, “Healthy Cooking with your Friendly Italians”. You can watch that episode in it’s entirety below: