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
    luanne viola says:
    I am so shocked to hear of Ed's passing. He enjoyed life and Joe and I had some good times at the VFW with him. He will surely be missed. Prayers and hugs to Karen.

  • December 22, 2021
    Kimberly McFoy says:
    Ed Hess. I will always remember our conversations and your pep talks. So glad I got to see and talk to you recently. You are one of the “ sweetest men “ I have ever met. You are missed so much. Thoughts and prayers for the family as well.

  • December 22, 2021
    Trudi Watts Sims says:
    Ed was an amazing man who cared for everyone. He brought me chicken soup one time when I was really sick. We always joked about it. He touched everyone’s life with love and brightness. I and Gardiner will miss him so much. Love to his family and friends. Fly high my friend.

  • December 22, 2021
    Sue Rapp says:
    As cousins, Ed and I enjoyed so many happy times. He had the best sense of humor and smile. Summer vacations were so much fun staying at his family home. He will be missed. Rest in peace! Love you!

  • December 22, 2021
    Michelle Rosier says:
    Ed was dear and loving man! He will be greatly missed!! Many thoughts and prayers for all who loved this man!