MAARC Will Miss Willie Sessoms

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Willie Sessoms

Our Radio Collecting fraternity lost a truly great person when Willie Sessoms from Baltimore, Maryland passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Willie was 89 years old and was a retired Command Sergeant Major (E-9) from the U.S. Army. He was a patriot and he loved his country. Willie served two tours in Vietnam and later took a job with the Government where I had the pleasure of meeting him.

 

He joined the Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club (MAARC) in the Baltimore-Washington area and served in many positions in that organization, including Vice President and he arranged for presentations and helped with the club's annual Radioactivity and Fallfest. Willie did not know a stranger and he reached out to many and helped all of those that he could.

But he was a genuine friend to all he met and never knew a stranger. His concern for people was deep and genuine. He sent birthday, anniversary and get well cards to many of his friends from him and on the behalf of MAARC. He called when friends were going on trips to make sure they arrived safely. When he lost most of his vision due to chemo for multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow) and was no longer able to see and send cards he would call. He enjoyed speaking with people at the various meets that he could no longer attend, to see how things were going and to join in on the fun.

We meet a lot of people as we travel the road of life and in this hobby and I have been blessed by the many friendships that endure even if we only see each other once a year or so. I can honestly say that a friend like Willie is rare, and if you were privileged to have made his acquaintance then you were as blessed as I and you knew it. So many people will miss this great man who was like a brother to so many of us. I can count on one hand the number of people who have the personal integrity, love and compassion and care that Willie had. I was blessed to know him and we are all richer for that. Rest in Peace old friend, you did so much good in your time with us.

- Joe Koester (1st MAARC President and founder of MAARC)

Services are being arranged by Vaughn Greene Funeral Services, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD, 21133.

Visitation with family Sunday, November 7, 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

Services Monday November 8, 10:00 - 10:30 am.

Link to obituary and notes from Vaughn Greene Funeral Services.