Robert Edward Hennessey, age 63, of Fredonia, NY, died Thursday August 9, 2012 at his residence. Born in Dunkirk July 11, 1949 to the late Charles and Sarah Whidden Hennessey, Mr. Hennessey attended Fredonia Schools, graduating from Fredonia High School in 1968. Attaining the rank of Sargent in the U.S. Air
Force, he served at the Holloman U.S. Air Force Base from February 1969 until his Honorable Discharge from Beale AFB in Marysville, CA in January 1973.
Mr. Hennessey served in the 7th Squadron of the 9th Tactical Fighter Wing in Thailand. Robert was a jet aircraft mechanic and crew chief who prepared and maintained jets aircrafts designated for chemical drops over North Vietnam. After his discharge from the U.S. Air Force, Robert worked at Roblin Steel. He was then head of maintenance for Tops Markets before starting Hennessey Refrigeration and Repair Services in 1985. His successful business was shortened with a severe service related back injury that required multiple surgeries. Bob then focused on his education as he received his associates degree from JCC in Computer Science.
Robert Edward Hennessey
He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gun enthusiast, and a Master Marksman with over 50 first place trophies. After his injury and education, Bob focused on technology as he had every kind of early computer. He started the Hillybilly BBS, a primitive form of local internet. Bob also enjoyed spending time with his family, wood working and taking care of his dogs. He is survived by his wife Rochelle Mancuso Hennessey; two sons, Chuck Hennessey (Nicole) and Shawn Hennessey (Fiance
Casey Mazurek); and his granddaughters Tori and Lexi Hennessey. Mr. Hennessy is also survived by his brother Jim Hennessey (Nancy), his sisters Peggy Willis (Late Bill), Patty Finson and his twin sister Kathy Hennessey, and numerous nieces and nephews. Calls may be made Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home, 20 Central Ave., Fredonia where funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., with Rev. Daniel P. Walsh officiating. Interment will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery. Arrangements by David J. Dengler.