Hughes, a longtime resident of Medford, passed away in his home
on Wed, May 5th, with his loving family by his side.
Donald was born in Boston April 20, 1935 to C. Walter and Reta (Dunbrack)
Hughes. He was raised in Allston and Arlington and graduated
from Brighton High School with the Class of 1953. He then
attended Northeastern University where he joined the ROTC and
received his Bachelor Degree in Business Management. After
graduation, he deployed to Colorado Springs as an officer for 2˝
years. After this commitment, he returned to the Boston area to
marry his college sweetheart, Patricia Hanley. They settled in
Malden and were surprised to have him recalled by the Army to be
stationed in Orleans, France where their daughter Ann Marie was
born. Soon after, he deployed to Vietnam for one year, and his
family returned to Medford. His next assignment was Fort Lewis,
in Tacoma, WA, where their son Paul was born, and Don was soon
re-deployed to Vietnam for another year. Following this he was
sent to Germany for three years where his family accompanied
him. The European assignments gave them the opportunity to
travel, go camping across Europe and meet people, enjoying the
local color and cuisine. As the Vietnam era ended, the Reduction
in Forces forced senior officers out of the Army. After leaving
the service for the second time he returned to the Boston area
and began his career in the US Postal service.
Don was a
gourmet cook and explored preparing ethnic cuisine and
entertaining family and friends. Most recently he enjoyed
fixing up the backyard with the guidance of the next-door
neighbors and setting up a large tent so they could enjoy summer
family meals and get-togethers in the yard. Don also liked
puttering around the house and maintaining the family property
on Cape Cod. In his spare time, he read mysteries, historical
literature and also enjoyed being outdoors.
He is survived
by his wife of 56 years, Patricia (Hanley) Hughes, his children,
Ann Marie Campagna and husband Frank of Stoneham, and Paul C.
Hughes and wife Tonya of Everett, his brother John Hughes of
Billerica, and his grandchildren, Logan, Danni Marie, and
Nicholas and several nieces and nephews.
will be held from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home,
144 Salem St. Malden on Saturday, May 15th, at 8:45
AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Raphael’s
Church, 512 High St, Medford, at 10 AM. Interment to follow in
Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Visitation will be held at the
funeral home on Friday, May 14th, from 4 – 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may
be made to The American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite
300, Rockvile, Maryland 20852 or at http://www.kidneyfund.org