August 2016 Veteran of the Month: Ed Hennessey

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Ed Hennessey
Ed Hennessey

The “Veteran of the Month” for August 2016 is Edward Hugh Hennessey who was born August 31st, 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

On September 5th, 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve, as an Aviation Cadet, and was on active duty, during WW II, from December 28th, 1942 until August 19th, 1943.

In 1943 Hennessey married his High School sweetheart Irene Reichlin in Detroit.

Following his discharge from the Navy Hennessey joined the Merchant Marines and than served as a Detroit Police Officer for 13 years and was the Polygraph Examiner for the department.

Later he opened his own Investigation Company and worked in corporate security for J.L. Hudson Company and Ford Motor Company.

Retiring in 1981 to Boyne City, Michigan, Hennessey became active in the community with memberships in the American Legion, was on the board of directors of Camp Quality and Camp Daggett, was a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Boyne Valley Lions Club, was on the Boyne City Airport Board, the Boyne Christmas Basket Committee, was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and eucharistic minister and was a founding lifetime member of the Michigan Polygraph Examiners Association.

The person Hennessey lived to be is to be remembered every bit as much as the things that he did.

As one close friend said of Hennessey “I never heard anyone say anything negative about Ed Hennessey.”
On May 29th, 2016, Edward Hugh Hennessey answered the final call and is being honored by his family, his many friends and comrades with whom he shared his life.
To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 582-7811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m.

The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month at The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, Mich. at 6:15 p.m.