Keith Alan Hession passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on February 4. Keith was born and raised in Wilmington and graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in 1965, where he was an accomplished athlete. In his senior year, Keith was a co-captain of the undefeated football team, as well as a member of the undefeated basketball team. This past October, members of both of those teams were inducted into the St. Elizabeth Hall of Fame. Additionally, Keith, along with teammate Mike McGinnis, were the first two players from St. Elizabeth ever to be selected to play in the annual Blue-Gold All Star football game. He continued his football career at Wesley Junior College, where received additional individual honors.
Keith worked 37 years for the New Castle County Government, beginning as a starter at Delcastle Golf Course and retiring as an administrator in the Register of Wills Office in 2008. He was a longtime member of Defiance Athletic Association, where he enjoyed the company of dozens of friends, who were more like brothers. Keith was an avid golfer and always looked forward to annual golfing trips to Myrtle Beach, SC. He was also known to place the occasional wager on a horse race and always enjoyed his summer trips to Saratoga, NY.
Keith was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 39 years Nancy (Conley), as well as his parents Howard and Beatrice (Battaglio) Hession.
He is survived by his brother Kim Hession (Eileen); sisters in law Linda C. McElrone (James) and Lorraine C. White (Francis); nephews Brett Hession (Laura), Kevin Hession and Corey McElrone. Nieces Kerry McElrone, Carly Thompson (Chris) and Cassie Graves (Griff). He is also survived by his aunt Dolores (Dee) Dougherty, who taught young Keith everything about the Phillies.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth R.C. Church, 809 S. Broom St., Wilm., DE, on Monday, February 13 at 11:00am. Friends may call at the church from 9:00am-11:00am. Interment will take place privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Keith’s memory to the St. Elizabeth School Annual Fund.