John Alfred Hess, Jr., 90, of Branford, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. John was the beloved husband of 65 years to Joan Farrell Hess, who died two short days after him. Born in Meriden, Connecticut to John and Catherine Hess, he grew up in Shelton before residing in Branford for 60 years with his loving wife.
John was a World War II veteran, with service in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Macon. John was a gentle man who enjoyed family time and automobiles. He worked for 44 years with Cooley and McDermott Chevrolet dealerships in New Haven. In his spare time he enjoyed hiking and working on cars.
John was extremely caring and proud of his three children, Kathleen Hoyt (David) of Fallston, MD, Elizabeth Bruenn (Sean) of Navarre, FL and John Hess III (Suzanne) of Guilford, CT. He is also survived by his brother Charles Hess of Gainesville, GA and sister Ellen Hess of Branford; as well as his nine adoring grandchildren: Virginia, Leslie and Emily Hoyt; Sean and Kyle Bruenn; Ashley, John IV, Lauren and Justin Hess and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In honor of John and Joan's life together, their family will receive friends on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:30 until 10:00 a.m. at W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main Street, Branford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated jointly at 10:30 at St. Mary Church, Branford. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Branford.
Memorial donations may be made in John’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
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