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Remembering Wilhelm Hesse

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Working at a small company like ours, we become part of our team’s unfolding stories. We get to understand the quests that brought us together. And, as we witness each other’s evolving personal and professional journeys, we almost feel like we are walking our paths side by side.

Wilhelm has a story that we will never forget.

Originally from Ghana, he started out in IT. But, seven years ago, he enrolled at American University to continue his development in a Masters film program. It was there he met one of our staffers and we all agreed we’d be lucky to have his wonderful personality and coolness on our team.

While on staff as a Video Producer, Editor and Live Event Stage Manager, we got to enjoy Wilhelm’s wonderful smile and personal adventure. He was such a caring and special person and quietly helped others in need. He married his beautiful fiancé, Phoebe, in 2020. A year and half ago, they welcomed their adorable son, Wilhelm, Jr. And they bought their first house less than a year ago. Wilhelm was enjoying perhaps the best, most rewarding chapter of his life.

So, when Wilhelm was dealt a heartbreaking cancer diagnosis in late 2023, he fought fiercely and courageously. Unfortunately, for all who knew and loved Wilhelm, he was taken away far too soon, leaving his young family without his support.

We are ensuring that Wilhelm’s story continues. Not only will his humor and spirit live on at O’Keefe, his commitment to his family will continue to endure.

In Wilhelm’s name, we have started this GoFundMe page. All funds will go directly to Phoebe and Wilhelm, Jr. to help support them during this incredibly difficult time, and into their challenging future. We encourage all who knew Wilhelm, and all members of the film, video and live event community, to consider a donation in Wilhelm’s honor.


  • Dana Stibolt
    • $200 
    • 1 mo
  • Marika Oliff
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Jenny McCormick
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonym
    • $500 
    • 3 mos
    • $5 
    • 3 mos

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O'Keefe Communications
Waldorf, MD
Phoebe Yoda-Hesse
Ronda Zanker
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