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Maurice Wesselmann, Jr.

June 20, 1933 – February 9, 2023

Maurice “Wess” Wesselmann, Jr.

Maurice J Wesselmann passed away peacefully at Hospice of Cincinnati on February 9, 2023 of natural causes.  He was 89 years old. “Wess” as he was known to his many friends, lived a full, exemplary, meaningful life. He was born on June 20, 1933, the only child of Maurice J Wesselmann, Sr and Irene (Eberhard) Wesselmann.  He was a lifelong native of the greater Cincinnati area.

After graduating from Woodrow High school, he attended the University of Cincinnati and went on to work at Hamilton County Communications where his father was the director.  After many years and much accumulated knowledge Wess succeeded his father as Director of Hamilton County Communications System. He ran a tight ship and his opinion was highly respected and regarded by his employees, the Hamilton County Police and Fire Chiefs, County Commissioners, State Representatives, Mayors and many other local civic leaders.

Wess spent 20 years actively involved in getting the 911 emergency phone system in place in the Tri-State area.  It took a dedicated supreme effort by public servants like Wess, Cincinnati Bell and other state and local pioneers devoted to the public good.  Wess was called upon numerous times to be a consultant for other entities striving for emergency communication systems, traveling as far as to Hawaii.

Wess retired in 1995. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. He loved studying the Civil War and was an avid reader. He advised and mentored many young people over his life time, enjoyed travel with his friends, his home in Florida and his home in Maineville   Although he was an only child, he had many friends over the years of his life and will be especially loved and remembered by Rebecca and Mike Biddle, Asa (Beth) Burroughs, Shannon (Derek) Burroughs-Campbell, Cheryl Burroughs, Gregg Phillips, Brian (Lisa) Phillips, Keith (Michele) Phillips, Jay (Mary) Bettman, Troy (Krista) Lands, Carol Gates, Allen Gerth and Sally Gates.

Wess’s life will be celebrated on Saturday April 29, 2023, at Arlington Memorial Gardens Lakeside Chapel, 2145 Compton Road, 45231 (follow the red line upon entering the memorial park) at 10:30AM with burial to follow at the grave site. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Rd, Blue Ash, Ohio, 45242.



Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 10:30 AM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Lakeside Chapel


Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 11:30 AM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

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“Great friend, neighbor and father like figure!”

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“My Dad, Brent Garten worked with both Jr. Wesselman and his father at the Comm Center for many years. He spoke highly of both of them and had the utmost respect for them during his time at HCCC. My Dad passed away October 2018. May he Rest In Peace.”

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“My Father, Brent Garten worked for Jr. Wesselman and his Father too at HCCC he always spoke highly of both men and had the utmost respect for them during his time in Communications. My Dad passed away October of 2018. He loved being a Dispatcher.”

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“I worked for Mr Wesselman for many years. He was a fine gentleman and treated all the employees fairly.”

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