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Longtime Geneva businessman remembered by family, friends, and community

One of Geneva’s most-prominent businessmen is being remembered.

Joe Hessney, who operated stores in downtown Geneva and retired in 2002, passed away on September 9th at the age of 89.

The Finger Lakes Times spoke with family and friends, who described countless memories and lessons learned.

Attorney Joe Midiri recounted his time working in Joe’s store as a child. “I collected coins as a boy and was in his store often, talking to him about coins. One day, he asked me if I wanted to work there, sorting, packaging and preparing coins for sale. I agreed and worked there through high school and even into college during summers,” he told the Times. “It’s sad he’s gone.”

His son, Geneva auctioneer Joe Hessney, and daughter, Judy Fuchs have plentiful memories of their dad.

“He was constantly on the move, always gong with his businesses, yet also kept focus on the family,” said Joe. “He started selling shoes from his front porch in Manchester, where he was born, and after serving in the Air Force, he and mom got married and came to Geneva, which he grew to love.”

Read more on the life and memory of Joe Hessney from the Finger Lakes Times.