May 8, 2020
Frank Hess, Senior Counsel with Peckar & Abramson’s Construction and Infrastructure practice, passed away on May 3, 2020 at the age of 61.
Frank was known at P&A and by peers in the New Jersey and New York construction bars as a gifted attorney, trusted colleague, and tenacious litigator who possessed a high degree of legal proficiency. Known to be as “solid as the rock of Gibraltar”, Frank was involved in some of the firm’s largest cases over his 21 years with P&A. His ability to recognize unique legal issues, discover critical facts in document-intensive litigations, and deep dedication to the painstaking work necessary to achieve successful case outcomes, were among the hallmarks that made Frank a go-to attorney within the firm.
More than two decades ago, Frank adopted the New York/New Jersey Tri-State area as his home, but he proudly hailed from the Midwest. His bold decision to move to the East Coast opened the doors to a wide array of new experiences, but Frank never lost his warm, practical approach to life, nor the kindness that radiated from him. Known by some as a quiet, soft-spoken man, Frank also had a gregarious side with a dry sense of humor that was appreciated by everyone who knew him. Frank was a genuine and true friend to those around him.
Frank was perhaps even more enamored of the arts and cultural pursuits than much else in life. While he remained a dedicated Chicago Cubs fan, after moving to New Jersey, Frank spent as much time as possible in New York City where he frequently enjoyed the ballet, fine food, opera, charity auctions, and other artistic endeavors. Frank’s generous spirit often delighted his guests at such outings, as well as those with whom he shared his appreciation of sculpture and painting – several of which decorated his River Edge, NJ office, along with his medals awarded for running several marathons.
Frank is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Alta (Butch) Sorenson, Sue (Bill) Brundies and Donna (Loy) Malone; brother and sister-in-law, Keith (Carol) Hess; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ronnie.