Coleman Hession, 78, of Springfield died at 10:05 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013 at St. John’s Hospice. He was born on October 13, 1935 in Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Ireland to John Joseph “JJ” and Winifred O’Malley Hession and preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are one sister, Carmel Hession de los Santos; two brothers, Michael and John Hession.
He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and worked as a personal body guard for the NATO Commander. He worked as a Law Enforcement Official for the New York City Police Department. He also had worked in Real estate sales in the State of New York. Coleman was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Bishop McNicholas Catholic War Veterans Post 1916, Sergeants Benevolent Association. He was a delegate in his police union, Member of COBA Correction Officers Benevolent Association. He was an avid football and soccer fan. He was a street league soccer player in Ballinrobe, County Mayo.
Surviving are his companion, caretaker and special friend, Joanna Thompson of Springfield; one daughter, Catherine Hession Gaule of Springfield; one sister- in-law, Mary Coleman Hession of Ireland; 10 nieces and nephews, including Brian de los Santos of San Francisco, Grace, Emma and Samuel Giacometti of Springfield and his cat Claude.
Visitation: 4 – 6 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Reverend John Nolan officiating. Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery where Military honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail and United States Air Force.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John’s Hospice or Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.