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 25, 2021
    VIRGIL D. RONK JR. says:
    my dad used to play softball with ed, for the virtus softball team in the wallkill league, he also survived viet nam as a helicopter crewchief. you will be missed.

  • December 25, 2021
    Mario Interrante says:
    Ed and I started first grade in St. Joseph's parochial school and graduated high school together. I could write a chapter in a book with all the trouble we got into in the twelve years together. We laughed through it all and now look back on some fine memories. Will surely miss you buddy.

  • December 25, 2021
    Alan Aiello says:
    It must have been third or fourth grade at St. Joseph's Catholic school. It was winter and Ed and I got caught by Sister Alice throwing snowballs at the girls. When recess was over she marched us up to teh front of teh class. Another boy, whom I will not embarrass by naming were lined up facing the class. Sister Alice was slapping her ruler against the palm of het hand and ordered us to all bend over to get our punishment. The other guy started crying and Sister asked him if he was sorry. He barely could eke out a yyyyes and she told him to sit down. While this was going on Ed looked over at me and made a really funny face...we both started laughing. "So you boys think this is funny" All we could do is laugh harder as she gave us a few good swats. Miss you buddy.

  • December 24, 2021
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  • December 24, 2021
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