Paul Michael Sessa, 97, died on September 19, 2021. He was born in Wethersfield on September 29, 1923 to Filomena Vasques and Paul Sessa. He grew up in Hartford and resided in West Hartford for over fifty years. He has lived in Bloomfield for ten years. Graduating from Bulkeley High School in 1940, he received two awards: the Good Citizenship Award and the 1934 Mathematics Award. He was still sixteen when he enrolled at Trinity College with the class of 1944. He enlisted in the military in 1942 and was discharged in 1946 after serving in the South Pacific. He graduated in 1947. He also attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California as well as UConn Law School. His business career began with The Hartford Insurance Group. In 1952, he joined the young company Wolcott, developer of the Easy Off Oven Cleaner, made in a henhouse in Canton. Easy Off’s first jar was sold in the haberdashery section of Sage Allen’s department store in downtown Hartford. In 1955 he joined Pan Am American Airways in their executive program and was eventually assigned to the San Paola, Brazil office. Upon his return from South America, with two associates, he founded Tressard Associates, a fabric and wallpaper design company that is now a multinational company with offices in the D&D building in New York. Returning to Hartford in 1959, he joined The Hartford Group from which he retired in 1984 as superintendent at The Hartford Life Company. In addition, in 1969, on the fringes, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to join a business partner to establish the Finishing Touch in Canton, a high-end furniture and accessories center, where he was president of the company. Paul loved to travel, play bridge and dance. He leaves two nephews Charles Olesen of Southington and Drew Olesen and his wife, Linda, of Wethersfield. He leaves behind his grandnephew Bruce Backman of Avon. He also leaves behind his great nieces Valerie Backman-Peplau and her husband, Keith, of Farmington, Michelle Olesen Rossetti and her partner, Duke, of Florida and Stacy Lynn Barry of Colorado. He will also be missed by his great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. A Christian Burial Mass will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford. Everyone is requested to meet directly at the church and MASKS are required for all interior parts of the funeral service. A private family funeral will be held at Rose Hill Memorial Park. Please share online expressions of sympathy, keepsakes or photo tributes at www.rosehillfuneralhomes.com.
Posted by Hartford Courant on September 21, 2021.