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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joseph Kessler Sr., 90 years old, born on January 10, 1932, and passed away on June 8, 2022. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Tom Kessler on June 20, 2022

Our dad loved meeting and encouraging family and friends.
"Pick friends better than you" Show me your friends I’ll show you your future.
Your word is your bond.
He was a self-made Man, as his father left the family at a very young age.
Raised by a loving working mother; he the oldest of 2 brothers and sister mostly on their own growing up.
I found a old phone book on my parents kitchen counter, looking through it read like a diary. Discovered...They lived in 17 different places before the age of 18.
Joined the Marine Corp at 19.
As Marine, He fought in the "harshest of wars" the Korean War.

A man is known by his deeds not by his words.
Anger is the wind that blows out the candle of a reasoning.
Look for Responsibility in the mirror
Oblique thinker.
Practice Objective versus subjective thinking.
Inventor of applications
Marketer
Dale Carnegie Salesman
Find something genuine to care about in other people.
Do something without being asked.
Do more than what’s asked of you.
Do it right the first time.
Maybe you Didn’t want it enough.
Look ahead in motorcycle riding and same in business.
“Reflect” on good to repeat and
bad to do better.
His legacy is his grandchildren,

In the book “Cold War”

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Posted by Tom Kessler on June 20, 2022

Our dad loved meeting and encouraging family and friends.
"Pick friends better than you" Show me your friends I’ll show you your future.
Your word is your bond.
He was a self-made Man, as his father left the family at a very young age.
Raised by a loving working mother; he the oldest of 2 brothers and sister mostly on their own growing up.
I found a old phone book on my parents kitchen counter, looking through it read like a diary. Discovered...They lived in 17 different places before the age of 18.
Joined the Marine Corp at 19.
As Marine, He fought in the "harshest of wars" the Korean War.

A man is known by his deeds not by his words.
Anger is the wind that blows out the candle of a reasoning.
Look for Responsibility in the mirror
Oblique thinker.
Practice Objective versus subjective thinking.
Inventor of applications
Marketer
Dale Carnegie Salesman
Find something genuine to care about in other people.
Do something without being asked.
Do more than what’s asked of you.
Do it right the first time.
Maybe you Didn’t want it enough.
Look ahead in motorcycle riding and same in business.
“Reflect” on good to repeat and
bad to do better.
His legacy is his grandchildren,

In the book “Cold War”
his Life

A famous writer once said, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give".

A famous writer once said, "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give".

If that is true, then Tom Kessler Sr made a great life. He was the most giving person, I've ever known.

Tom Kessler Sr was born (Joseph Thomas Kessler SR) on January 10, 1932, in Santa Monica

He was the oldest child of Joseph Preston Kessler and Louis Fairfield Kessler. From 1932 he lived in 19 different addresses ending in high school at 505 Bellview Blvd. Alexandria Va. 1950

SCHOOLING AND WORK

Tom Kessler went to George Washington High School Va. and graduated then next level and his best education he claimed was “the Maine Corp.” when finished He moved to El Sobrante.

Then he moved the family to Walnut Creek, where mom and Dad built their 1st pool. Then he went to work for Jack Shean Home Improvement company, as an installer and salesman later, Work there for 5 years.

Then started his own Home Improvement specializing in Awning and Patio business with his younger brother late Tony Kessler named (Anthony Patio’s) for the next 2 years. Along with his dear friend Marine Corps Colonel Russ Honsowetz shared the property of Sun Crest Furniture company in Walnut Creek

This is where his children got 1st experience in sales, Selling Christmas trees during the holidays.
He moved from walnut creek to Paseo Nogales home, Alamo.
He then was recruited by a National Home Improvement company named (Air Vent Company.)

Where he spent his next6 years as a Northern California General manager,then promoted to Vice President of West Coast Sales where he moved to Los Angeles for the next 2 years 1969-1971.

Dad always had an eye for real estate, and bought the LA County Tax Assessor home,

Built his 2nd swimming pool. The house later became the home of Danny Davito.

They were missing Northern California “ Gods Country” Mom and Dad decided to move back to the Alamo Hill top home on Las Trampas, they sent a letter to Dr. Robnett years before asked if he was interested in selling his house, he said no. they came back and asked again this time he said yes.

In this house they start Bel Aire Engineering. He had 26 employees, 6 offices in the bay area , sold awnings and patio rooms wholesale and retail to northern California. Also was famous for building indoor swimming pool enclosures. Featured in Sunset Books on “How to Build pools” and Roman Haus Magazine.

for the next 40 years.

67 old MARRIAGE AND Children, and Grandchildren and GREAT   Grandchildren

In 1951 Tom met Eleanor Jeffers and they were married March 6th 1954.

Tom and Eleanor just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in March 6th 2022.

Soon they had 4 children;

Oldest son -Tom Jr. wife Carla and 3 sons Jason wife Erin (grandchildren Cason and Lily), Blair and Blake, Linda Kessler and sons Thomas and Late Robert, Late Michael and sons Michael and Nolan , and Susan and Tim Clancy, son Tim Jr wife to be Tully.


Our MEMORIES Tom Kessler Dad and friend

I asked family and friends what they remember most about Dad; There are so many good memories.

Annual – Paradise Ca. camping trip. Gold panning, Camping and Motorcycle riding.

Vacation with the Connolly’s to Hawaii , Clancy’s to Lake Tahoe so many times.

Family Reunions

Hans Anter somebody he could call for advise,

Remembers working with, Tom would leave the office and call from his cell phone to cool his temper.

Tom Kessler was a remarkably generous and entertaining. good; thoughtful; hardworking;

fun-loving Man.

He was a person of great pride and morals

Inventor of applications
Marketer
Dale Carnegie Salesman

Above all, Tom Kessler was a Man Honor and humility, highest value was family, morals, and

compassion for others.

He always said;

“family is the most important thing in life"

"you get out of life what you put into it"

"A man is known by his deeds not by his words."

“Anger is the wind that blows out the candle of a reasoning.”

“Do something without being asked.”

“Practice Objective versus subjective thinking.”

“Do it right the first time.”

“Look for Responsibility in the mirror”

“Maybe you didn’t want it enough.”

“Look ahead in business same as in motorcycle riding.”

“Reflect” on good to repeat and bad to do better.

These are words of wisdom that I will always cherish.

Thank you for being part of our lives. We are all going to miss you, Dad .

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