In Memoriam: Raymond Hess of Division #1 Watervliet

 

     Raymond J. Hess, III, 64, died on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn with his family by his side.

     Born in Troy, Ray was the son of the late Raymond J. Hess, Jr. and Loretta E. Finn Hess. He was raised in Watervliet and Latham and was a 1973 graduate of Shaker High School. Ray owned Hess’s Bar in Watervliet and in 1980 worked with his father at Tri-City Lanes in Menands. In 1992 he began a career with the New York State Senate in Albany. Referred to as the “64th Senator” Ray was well known in the senate and was thought of fondly by many there. Over the course of his 25 years career, Ray was proud to have served each of the State Senators with grace and dignity. He retired on June 7th of this year.

 
     Ray was a life-long member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and was past president and member of the William F. Fennelly Division # 1 AOH in Watervliet. 
He was an avid NY Jets fan and enjoyed the times he spent with his family and at home where he loved to care for his lawn.
     He was the much loved husband, for 37 years, of Jeryl J. (Bodo) Hess; cherished father of Raymond J. (Christine S.) Hess, IV and Richard J. Hess; brother of Robert J. Hess of Niskayuna and the late Mary Diane and Ronald J. Hess; nephew of Leona Finn (late William) of North Greenbush; son in law of the late Russell J. and Carole A. Bodo; brother-in-law of Cheryl Bodo, Stephen Bodo, Jami Bodo, Jacqueline Vincent (Ron) and the late Thomas Bodo as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, his late faithful canine companion Izzy and a host of close friends. 

     Ray’s family extends a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of both Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Hospice Inn and to Dr. David Shaffer for the wonderful care given to Ray over the course of his illness.

     Ray’s funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 am from the Parker Bros. Memorial in Watervliet and will proceed to St. Ambrose Church in Latham where at 10:30 am the Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend Brian Kelly, pastor. The rite of committal and interment will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Watervliet. Friends are invited to attend and may also visit with Ray’s family on Monday from 3 until 8 PM at the funeral home. To those who wish to remember Ray in a special way, his family suggests donations to the Chief Thomas McCormack Burnout Fund, 116-13th Street, Watervliet, NY 12189 to assist families who suffer a loss due to a fire. 

Albany County AOH Convention is a Success

(L-R) John McCarthy, Immediate Past County President, Liam McNabb, AOH National Director, Tim Weklar, Albany County President

The Albany County AOH Convention was held on June 8, 2017 at the Watervliet Hibernian Hall.  Timothy Weklar was elected Albany County President along with a slate of officers representing Albany Div. 5 and Watervliet Division 1.  National Director Liam McNabb installed the officers.

At the meeting, delegates were selected for the upcoming State Convention and outgoing County President John McCarthy was recognized for his successful term in office.

Watervliet Division #1 Supports Local Fire Dept. Relief Fund

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Bruce Hidley, Manning; Jody Legault, firefighter and Union President, Division #1 President Mark Scully, Mike Price, and Fire Chief Rob Conlen.

Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning joined city firefighters and members of the Watervliet Ancient Order of Hibernians on June 16 to accept a check for $2,000 for the city’s Burn Out Fund. The order made the donation from proceeds of their Christmas tree sales from the last two years.

The “Burn Out” Fund is money that has been set aside to be used in the event of a devastating fire that leaves a family without the basic needs to survive, such needs as a roof over their head, clothes to wear and food to eat. It also helps with things like needed medications, sundries, blankets, and a toy for the children. The money can also be used in the event that a firefighter is injured during a fire.

Watervliet Division Celebrates 75 Years

Watervliet Division Celebrates 75 Years

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Pictured (l to r) Mark Scully, Scott Gardiner, Ron White, Division Pres. John McAvoy, NYS Pres. Tim McSweeney, Richard Kent, Mike Keane, and Mike Price

A dinner dance was held on August 29th to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the William F. Fennealy Div. 1 of Albany County.  New York State President Tim McSweeney was on hand to present Division President John McAvoy a Proclamation from City of Watervliet Mayor Mike Manning proclaiming August 29th, 2015 as “Watervliet AOH Day”