Thomas (Tommy) Aquinas Hess, age 70, of Traverse City, Michigan passed away peacefully at home on November 2, 2021, surrounded by loving friends and family. Tommy was born in his family home on May 20, 1951, to Benjamin (B.G. or Bunny) Gustus Hess and Nannette (Merrill) Hess in Albany, Louisiana. He graduated from Hammond High School in 1969, and earned an Associate's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern Community College, Traverse City, Michigan in 1992. Tommy is survived by his significant other of 21 years, Kathie Piper; siblings Hurd and Wendy Hess of Iowa, Ann (Hess) and Jim Hassenboehler, Mike and Martha Hess, Dorothy (Hess) and Danny Kropog, and Merrill and Rebecca Hess, and twelve nieces and nephews. His parents pre-deceased him. Tommy moved to Traverse City, Michigan and 1972 where he enjoyed the nature and beauty of the area. Tommy touched everyone he met, and embraced everyone with his huge heart. He was a great-uncle to many children, and the "best man she ever met" according to Kathie, his significant other. He will be dearly missed, but his memories are plentiful and live on with those many individuals whose lives he touched. A memorial service and reception will take place at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City, Michigan on Thursday, November 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers Tommy requests donations be made to any of the following: Gift of Life Transplant House, Rochester, Illinois – https://gift-of-life.org/
. Amyloidosis Foundation, https://amyloidosis.org/
. Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, https://cholangiocarcinoma.org/
Published by The Advocate from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18, 2021.