Hector P. Maffei

04/05/1928 — 09/24/2011

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Portland, Oregon

Hector P. Maffei

Hector Maffei, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was born on April 5, 1928 in Portland, Oregon. He attended Central Catholic High School, Van port Junior College. Oregon State Univ., and graduated from the University of Portland, receiving the faculty award as the most outstanding senior in the School of Chemistry. He came to Hanford and General Electric as a tech grad and liked the work and the area so well, the companies changed several times but he transferred to each one of them just so he could stay in the area, during which time he was an avid photographer he won first prize two years in a row in Westinghouse employee contests. In all, he spent 37 years on the work force receiving a U.S. Patent and several invention awards for his efforts. He was always an active member of the Knights of Columbus since 1952, holding all positions both local and state including that of State Deputy in 1983. A true believer in helping others anonymously, he spent 9 years as financial secretary of the Tri Cities Food Bank. Hunting and fishing were his weekend relaxation and he loved to goose hunt the gap across the river in Pasco. In his later years, the yearly trip with his friends to Clarkston for Steelhead topped the year, as well as crabbing at Newport, Oregon. He leaves his wife, Gloria; Daughters, Phyllis Robert Wilson, and Barbara George Walker, Metropolis, IL; Grandchildren Michael Becky Wilson, Cle Elum, Wa , Peter Brooklyn Wilson, Portland, Or., Ryan Walker, Phoenix, Az, Renee Walker, Metropolis, Il, Justin Walker, Chicago, Il., and 6 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please honor him by donations to Hospice or the Knights of Columbus brotherhood account funds.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Friday, September 30, 2011 at Christ the King Church, Richland. Viewing will be 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday the 29th at Einan's Funeral Home, Richland, with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 1st at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Or.

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  • Dear Gloria and family:

    I was the group secretary at WHC which Hector was part of the group. He was always kind and generous. He always enjoyed working with the newly hired young scientists that joined our team. Some of those days were pretty exciting laboratory days! He taught them well. He and Gloria opened their home to several wonderful group prime rib parties which were all memorable. We all had such good times at those parties, we all laughed so hard, he had great jokes to tell. Hector and Gloria made that happen. May the love and the strength of family and friends help and comfort you all through this very sad time. May all of the fond memories keep you smiling when you think of him. I know I will.

    Suze Heinisch
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Hector and I worked on many occasions at the Richland Knight of Columbus Hall. He was a good friend and we talked about many things over the 26 years I have known him. I was very impressed when I learned that he was the Knights of Columbus Washington State Deputy. Hector took my formal picture when I was elected Grand Knight for our Council in 2000. I will miss him. Goodbye old friend. May all in Heaven welcome you.

    Michael Rung
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We wanted to say how sorry we are at the passing of Phyllis’s Father.We had some fun times at his house when our kids were young Tell everyone Hello! Elaine Clark

    Elaine and Butch Hawkins
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Gloria and Family, May God Bless you all in the passing of Hector. I did a lot of work for Hector during the good days at Westinghouse Hanford. I enjoyed doing work for him as he was very eazy to get along with. Those times were good to us all. God Bless

    Mike & Carol Tesky

    Mike & Carol Tesky
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
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