Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA


Edward Joseph Hughes

Edward Joseph Hughes of Chatham passed away on November 4th surrounded by his loving family.

Ed was the son of the late Michael and Isabella Ballance Hughes and was predeceased by his brother, John, and his sister, Mary Carlson.

Ed was born and raised in the Upper West Side of New York City and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School and St. John’s University with a degree in Economics and Accounting. He also proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

Ed worked for Sinclair Oil Company in Manhattan where he met his wife Marilyn. When their headquarters relocated to the West Coast, Ed and Marilyn made the decision to stay in New York to be close to family. He then took a position at Nabisco Inc., and over the course of his career, held many senior management positions and later retired as a Managing Director in the Accounting Department.

After retiring, he moved to his favorite spot: Chatham, Massachusetts, where he had visited as a boy. He spent many summers with his family in Chatham and loved boating, cooking and was an avid reader. One of his favorite things to do was to drive every morning to see the sun rise at the Chatham Lighthouse.

Ed was a member of the New York Knights of Columbus, the Chatham Retired Men’s Club and the Joshua Jethro Investment Club. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Monomoy Yacht Club.

He volunteered at the Fire Museum in Brewster, the Railroad Museum in Chatham and with the Chatham A’s baseball team. He was also a frustrated golfer for many years. Ed always had a smile on his face and was a friend to all.

Ed will be lovingly remembered by Marilyn, his devoted wife, and his children, Pamela Hughes Yannoni, Edward Joseph, Jr., and Melissa Connell Altman. He is also survived by his adoring grandchildren, Amanda, Lindsey and Luke Yannoni, Julia and Samantha Altman, and Caroline Isabella and Cameron Hughes Connell.

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 on November 22nd at Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham. A Mass will be held at 10:30am, November 23rd, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 57 Highland Avenue, Chatham. Interment will be held at a later date at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eldredge Public Library, 564 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633 or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Ed's name to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.


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Edward Joseph Hughes

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sandee giannetti

November 13, 2019

We send our deepest sympathy to Marilyn, Melissa, Pam and Steven for their loss. Like them, we wanted him forever in our life.

Our Ed, "Edwardo" to us, is one of a kind! We say IS, because to us, Ed will always be a constant in our hearts. There are few people we have met in our life - that always filled our hearts with joy and love,
and caused us to smile by just hearing their name or the sound of their voice.

Ed could lift your spirits and make you laugh by a twitch of his eyebrow or a curl of his lips. His soul and heart were filled only with love and pure goodness. Any time spent with our dear Edwardo, was always to short. He left us all - wanting more.

Anthony and I would like to share a few of our fond memories made with Ed and Marilyn - some of the happiest times we have known.

Thank you Ed, for always giving us joy and happiness, and especially the love of life, family and friendship.

See you again Edwardo, dear friend - you bring the orange juice. We'll bring the Vodka!

All our love,
Sandee & Anthony Giannetti

Marge,Ron Smith

November 12, 2019

Dear Marilyn and Family, We will always remember the gentleman Ed was in life. He had a good word for all but stood by his convictions. We wish you all peace. Love, Marge and Ron


November 11, 2019

Dear Marilyn and family,

You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. I cherish all the happy memories we hold deep in our hearts, and send much love,

Pat Balicki