Michael B. Hessler

July 21, 1939 - Jan. 29, 2015
Michael B. Hessler, July 21, 1939 - Jan. 29, 2015

Michael Brian Hessler, a retired New York City police officer who lived in Montauk until last year, died at Stony Brook University Hospital on Jan. 29 after a long illness. He was 75.

In 2000, he moved from Florida to Montauk, where Mr. Hessler “toughed out” the winters, to make his wife happy and be closer to family, his granddaughter Jessi Carlson said. Last year, he and his wife decided they didn’t need all the room in their house on Kirk Avenue and moved to Ridge.

“He enjoyed retirement, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren,” Ms. Carlson said.

Mr. Hessler was born on July 21, 1939, in Queens to Edward Hessler and the former Eveland Marie Dodd. He grew up in Glen Oaks in that borough and graduated from high school there. He served in the Navy and then joined the New York Police Department, working as a patrolman for more than 25 years.

He was married to Lillian E. Hessler, who survives him, on Sept. 26, 1957. Ten years later, they moved to Lake Ronkonkoma, where they raised five children.

He was a volunteer in the East Farmingdale Fire Department and a youth football coach. In 1985, after he retired, the couple moved to Homosassa, Fla.

In addition to Ms. Carlson and his wife of 57 years, Mr. Hessler is survived by his children, Michael Hessler of Milwaukee, Kelly Santoriello of Lake Ronkonkoma, Jeanne Stevens of East Hampton, Tracy Banfield of Utica, N.Y., and Cindy Bowe of Kingston, R.I. Thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive, as do his brothers John, Ed, Jim, and Tom Hessler. Another brother, Lawrence Hessler, died before him.

A service was held at the Alexander-Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River on Feb. 3. He was buried at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Regional Dialysis Center in Hampton Bays through the Southampton Hospital Foundation, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton 11968.