Michael Augustine Hession III of West Harwich, MA and Vero Beach, FL (formerly of Woonsocket, RI) passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 27, 2019 at 91 years old. Michael was born on October 12, 1927 in Millville, MA to Michael A. and Katherine (Trainor) Hession. He leaves the love of his life, Helen Mary (McNamara) Hession, his wife of sixty five years. Of all of his life's achievements, he was most proud of his ten children-nine daughters, Mary Jane (Rick Zimmer); Kathleen (Kevin Moultrup); Sheilah (Jim Dooley); Helen Mary (Steve Daigle); Erin (Rob Reilly); Eileen (Chris Harvey); Margie (David Vose); Patty (Pete Watson); Kara (Peter Spalt); and his namesake, Michael A. Hession IV and his wife Mary. He also left 29 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and his "kid" brother Joseph Hession and sisters-in-law Barbara Hession and Jane Gilmore and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sisters Mary Mullaly, Laura O'Dell, Catherine Valacer and his beloved grandson, Ryan Harvey.
Michael attended high school at Dean Academy in Franklin, MA. He enlisted in the Coast Guard (at that time part of the US Navy) at 17 years old at the end of WWII serving in the South Pacific. Returning home, he graduated from St. Anselm's College on the GI Bill and a full basketball scholarship with an accomplished athletic record. He also played Pro Baseball briefly. He was in the Hall of Fame at both Dean Academy and St. Anselm College. He furthered his post-graduate education at Clark University and WPI attaining his CAGS.
Being very civic-minded, Mike was in the Chamber of Commerce, President of the YMCA, Kiwanis Club, the Lions Club, Selectman of the Town of Uxbridge and responsible for the building of the West Hill Dam.
Mike started out as a high school history and math teacher at Uxbridge High School while coaching football, basketball and baseball. As his family grew, he entered the family business, Mack Buick, Inc. in Woonsocket where he grew the business for over 30 years retiring in 1994. In retirement, Mike and Helen enjoyed summering in West Harwich, MA and spending winters in Vero Beach, FL. As avid golf and tennis players, they fully enjoyed their retirement. They traveled extensively and had may stories of their travels. The most important part of their lives were their ten children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They showed by example the importance of FAMILY and how to strengthen those relationships. Mike enjoyed sports- "How 'bout those RED SOX!"; the Patriots "Go, Pats!" and the Boston Celtics. He enjoyed following his children and grandchildren's lives.
Calling hours will be at Morris, O’Connor, & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main Street, Harwich Center, MA on Thursday 1/31/19 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Friday 2/1/19 at Holy Trinity Church, Rte. 28 West Harwich.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to: the Ryan Harvey Foundation, Box 6823, Holliston, MA 01746 or: Pernet Family Health Service, Inc., 237 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA 01610.