Remembering Billy Hess

Billy Hess — the popular and longtime Joey’s by the Shore employee, who ran the Longshore concession stand — died yesterday. Last year, he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Last year, Joey’s owner Joey Romeo told “06880”:

Billy has been the heart and soul of Joey’s for 30 years. Known for his selfless demeanor and permanent smile, he loves Westport and serving our customers.

In addition to an unparalleled work ethic, he’s the unofficial “Mr. Fix-It” of Compo and Longshore. Whether changing a flat tire, retrieving a kite from a tree or repairing a broken beach chair, he’s always there and eager to help — whether he knows you or not.  He’s the first to volunteer and the last to take credit.

Billy is survived by his wife Gina, and 3 daughters.

He also leaves behind countless friends: customers he served with passion and dedication, and workers he mentored with love and care.

Billy Hess with his wife Gina and daughters.

8 responses to “Remembering Billy Hess

  1. Dorothy Abrams

    I’ve been gone from Westport over six years, and still remember his patience and kindness—-even when it took some of the little ones a while to decide upon their favorite flavors. Some of us old ones could take a while to decide between “rare” and “medium”. Always a smile.

  2. Jann Colabella

    Thank you Dan

  3. Joe Greenwald

    I worked at Joey’s the summer of 2013, & Billy was the best of company. Busy or slow he worked tirelessly, was kind and joked with everyone, and gave off warmth to everyone at every moment of the day. In the following summers when I went back to Joey’s, I’d seek Billy out, voicing him to the counter to say hi quickly and joke with him. He had a cheek-to-cheek smile and his sense of humor was immense. He was such a bright soul and it was an honor to have known him.

    Rest in Peace Billy, we’ll miss you greatly.

  4. So sorry to hear this. We go back a long way..RIP Billy..

  5. Sal Liccione

    We will miss you billy I remember I use visit you Wehn I use work bye the pool you were 1 off the good ones

  6. Sharon Paulsen

    Many moons ago, I took my husband and sister-in-law down to Compo in the early spring, before the season passes/charges kicked in, and Joey’s was open!

    After a nice walk, we went in to get some fish ‘n chips, and remember how friendly and easy going he was (we didn’t know his name at the time).

    It was quite busy at that time due to a exceptionally nice day, weather wise, and Billy’s patience was duly noted!

    My condolences to the family, and to Joey’s staff-family who worked with him.

  7. Robin Massa

    What a beautiful human being..that touched so many of us locals and out of towners..he loved everyone…helped anyone..and always with such energy and love of life! God Bless his family..know they are in our prayers. A big loss to Compo and Longshore for sure!!

  8. Tom — that comment was not kind.