John Hess

Obituary of John Francis Hess

Mr. John Francis Hess of Matamoras, PA and a lifetime resident of the area passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 20, 2020.  He was 78.


He was born January 13, 1942 in Port Jervis, NY the son of the late Paul F. Hess and the late Helen "Honey" McKeon Hess.


John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge.

He married Clementina “Tina” Fontana 53 years ago on November 25, 1967 in St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Matamoras, PA.


He worked for IBM in E. Fishkill and later was the owner and operator of Hess’s Store on Kingston Avenue in Port Jervis as the second generation owner.


John was a member of St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Matamoras, PA where he was a Lector and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #471, Port Jervis.  John was a past Supervisor for Westfall Township and a Past President of the Westfall Volunteer Fire Dept. He also was an Assistant Boy Scout Troop Master and a Port Jervis Little League Baseball Coach.


A family statement read: “John was a wonderful husband and father who had a deep Catholic Faith.  He was always there to help people even when he was ill and never complained about his illness.  The family would like to thank Dr. Walter Kaufmann and Dr. Rakesh Garg for the wonderful care they gave to John.”


Surviving are:

His wife:Clementina “Tina” Hess at home and his son, John W. Hess and his wife Tina of Matamoras, PA.  His brother, Paul "P.C." Hess and his wife Geri of Albuquerque, NM; his sister, Marie "Sissy" Quick and her husband Sidney of Port Jervis, NY and his brother, Brendan Hess and his wife Patricia of Port Jervis, NY.

His good friends, Diane & Frank Heater of Matamoras, PA.

Also several nieces and nephews

He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Hess, his sister, Maura Hess-Ochsen and his brother-in-law, William A. Fontana.


Visitation will be at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM in St. Mary's R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis with Rev. Matthew Newcomb officiating.


Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.


Memorial contributions may be made to Westfall Volunteer Fire Department, Matamoras, PA 18336 or St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 307 Avenue F., Matamoras, PA 18336


Arrangements by GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191  For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit




2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc.
100 E. Main St.
Port Jervis, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
St. Mary's R.C. Church
46 Ball Street
Port Jervis, New York, United States

Graveside service

11:15 am - 11:45 am
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
St. Mary's Cemetery
E. Main St.
Port Jervis, New York, United States