Edward Joseph Hess,Jr.

July 30, 1948 - December 16, 2021
Edward Joseph Hess,Jr.

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Edward J. Hess, Jr of Gardiner, NY born July 30, 1948, passed away peacefully at home on December 16, 2021. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran, father, grandfather and loved by many.

Ed always loved meeting new people and striking a good conversation. He was the kind of man that never met a stranger, friendly and witty and always had a great joke or story to tell. His favorite activities included karaoke, fishing, watching football, taking road trips, playing cards, and enjoying his retirement living by the beach.

Aside from being survived by his fiancé Karen Leal, Ed also leaves behind two daughters, Kimberly Hess of Raleigh, NC, Tara Gonzalez and her husband Luis of Wilmington NC. and Kacey Breach who was like a son to him. Also, granddaughters Kaylee Robbins, Mia Gonzalez and brother William Hess and wife Kayo of Gardiner, NY. Nephew William Hess and niece Tina Hess. And nephews Michael and Robert Pole.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 1-3 PM at Wilmington Funeral Chapel with military honors at 2PM.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 155 S 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403


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  • December 22, 2021
    Michele & Alan Guiseppone says:
    We can’t believe that you are gone. They say never put off tomorrow what you can do today… unfortunately we learned this the hard way. We were finally planning a visit this summer You are spoken of often with a smile on our face and we will continue to enjoy the laughs and memories we shared Our sincere condolences to Karen, Bill, Kayo, Tara, Kimberly and all who loved him. You were a true American hero REST IN ETERNAL PEACE our dear cousin

  • January 08, 2022
    Jean savago says:
    Condolences to the family. Always had a laugh when Ed was around!

  • January 07, 2022
    Robin Labohm says:
    I remember all the times we spent with our cousin Ed. He had a wonderful and infectious laugh. He always loved when all our families got together for family reunions and family celebrations. I will miss the good times we shared. My memories of Ed will always bring a smile to my face and he will be truly missed by me.

  • January 06, 2022
    James Ware says:
    Ed, all I can say is that your passing devastated me. I love you brother. Know rest till we meet again my brother. Love jamesware

  • January 06, 2022
    Mary and Kirk Pistel says:
    Ed was a good friend, partner in crime. ""And the best". Rip Ed Hess you will be missed.