The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/4/2009
Ted "Pinky" Hesse Moved on to join his friends
and loved ones who had passed on before him on Dec. 30, 2008 in Petaluma.
He was 78.
Ted lived what he described as "a great life." Born in San Francisco
in 1930 to Theodore Kurt and Gretel Hesse, and brother of George and Walter,
Ted's natural talent as a baseball player saw him play many wonderful
games throughout his youth for Poly High School as well as many All-City
teams. At 17 he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies and embarked on
a prosperous professional baseball career.
Upon leaving pro baseball, and having served honorably as a U.S. Marine
during the Korean War, Ted joined the San Francisco Fire Department in
1960. Besides playing ball, his years in the department as part of the
"brotherhood" were his happiest, eventually retiring at the
rank of captain.
Since his retirement, he and his wife and soul mate of 40 years, Jeanne,
shared many moments of joy and happiness. Besides his wife Jeanne, those
waiting behind to join him in the future are his son Tommy and his wife
Nicole along with his three grandsons Hans, Frankie and T.J. Also waiting
to join him is his daughter-in-law Jerrie who thought of "Tedly"
as a second father; and his stepson Tim, who loved him like a Dad and
looks forward to the day when the two of them can sit down and watch a
Giants game together again.
A Memorial Service will be held at ADOBE CREEK FUNERAL HOME, 331 Lakeville
Street, Petaluma on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 10:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Hospice
of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952. CHEDA & LYONS - Directors