Joseph Michael Hession Sr. "Navy Joe"
Passed away peacefully at home in San Francisco on April 21, 2014, surrounded by his loving children. He was born in the Bronx, New York on May 11, 1933, to John and Elizabeth Hession, natives of Galway, Ireland. Joe was the first member of the Hession family born in America. After several years in the Bronx, the family moved to San Francisco. Joe graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1952. He met Dianne Hopkins and started a large family in the Sunset District. Joe served 30 years in the San Francisco Police Department, working at Mission, Northern, Potrero, and Southern Stations and Muni Division. Joe also was a proud member of the U.S. Navy. He enlisted in 1950 and served in the Naval Reserves for 35 years as an ordinance man.
Joe is survived by his loving children, Joe (Michele), Susan (Pete Siragusa), Bernie (Tina), Gary (Angel), Janet (Dennis Hughes), Phil (Julie), Sandra, and Kenneth (deceased). He leaves 16 grandchildren: Sam, Liam, Angela, Joey, Peter John (PJ), Kristen, Christopher, Leslie, Amanda, Giana, Megan, Conrad, Gavin, Shelby, Patrick, Jack, Daniel, and two great-grandchildren Abigale and Olivia.
Joe was preceded in death by his brothers Jack, James (Ted), William (Dermot), and sister Christine Schaefer. He is survived by sisters Noreen, Mary, Irene, and Patricia.
Joe enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants. He was on duty at Candlestick Park when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck during the 1989 World Series. He claims he single-handedly guarded the concession stand cash receipts throughout the night. He also had a secret affinity for the New York Yankees. He loved San Francisco history and knew the location of every street and alley in the city. He was a Naval aviation buff. He especially enjoyed visiting with his SF Police Department buddies at lunches and reunions to swap stories of old time San Francisco.
He loved vacations in the Russian River which he referred to as "the Irish Riviera." He enjoyed traveling, visiting with Irish relatives and learning the history and geography of new places.
He was a member of the San Mateo Elks Lodge 1112, the Golden Gate Model Railroad Club, the Tail Hook Society, and the San Francisco Veterans Police Officers Association.
A rosary and mass will be held at St. Gabriel's Church.
Visitation at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday April 23, 2014, followed by rosary at 7 p.m.
Funeral is 11:00 a.m. Thursday April 24, 2014 at St. Gabriel's Church, 40th Ave and Ulloa St, San Francisco, Ca. The Committal will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Church ,1500 Old Mission Road, Colma.
Donations to Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, 1075 Ellis St., San Francisco, Ca. 94109, Attn. Development Office