OBITUARY

Robert L. Hughes

March 25, 1934August 30, 2018
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CHATHAM, MA – Robert L. Hughes, 84, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, August 30. He was the beloved husband of Terry Hughes for over 61 years, devoted father to his five children and doting grandfather to 12 grandchildren. Born in Montclair, New Jersey, Bob graduated from Montclair High School in 1952. On the advice of his father-in-law, Bob enlisted in the Army where he served for two years. He then attended and graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA in Business in 1959. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Terry, they settled in Summit, NJ for the next 25 years. Bob enjoyed a long career in the Insurance industry for over 40 years, 35 of which were spent at The Guardian Life Insurance Company in New York City. He rose to Regional Sales Director in the Manhattan office where he made many lifelong friends. Upon retiring at the age of 62, he relocated to Chatham, Massachusetts where he spent the rest of his life. Bob was very active in the community throughout his life. In recent years, he served as a volunteer for Pet Therapy, the Chatham Railroad Museum, the local food pantry, and as a math tutor. One of his proudest achievements was the establishment of a local Pet Pantry. Bob enjoyed life to its fullest, from playing tennis and golf to taking photographs, to 'touching people in a positive way'. Above all, he cherished his daily walks on the beach with his dog by his side, Lance, Danny Boy, Duffy, Molly and most recently, Teddy. He was a devoted Christian and forever grateful for his family, friends, community and pets. In addition to his loving wife, Terry, Bob is survived by his children: Sally Barre her husband Richard of Meyersville NJ, Robert Serling of Rockville Center, NY, Paul Hughes of Chatham, MA, Holly Hughes Hoyt and her husband Randall of Marston Mills, MA, Heather Robenhymer and her husband Timothy of Saunderstown, RI and his 12 grandchildren, Stephen, Brittany, Colin, Michele, Kevin, Sarah, Hannah, Aidan, Julia, Liam, Duncan & Bridget. Bob is predeceased by his daughter Susan Hughes Serling. A Visitation will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM on Tuesday, September 4th at Nickerson Funeral Home in Chatham. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday, September 5th at Holy Redeemer Church followed by a reception at The Barre residence in Chatham Mass. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com

  • FAMILY

  • Terry Hughes, Wife
  • Sally Barre, Daughter
  • Paul Hughes, Son
  • Holly Hughes-Hoyt, Daughter
  • Heather Robenhymer, Daughter
  • Susan Serling, Daughter
  • Mr. Hughes also leaves 12 grandchldren

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, September 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

Robert L. Hughes

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Joy Curtis

September 25, 2018

Bob's Family, I wanted to let you know that I just saw Bob's obituary in the Chronicle and felt compelled to leave you a note of my deep sympathy and condolences. I only know Bob from the many times over the past 16 years that I walked one (or two ) of our Siberian Huskies past his house. I met Molly and then Teddy. He told me of his work as a volunteer for Pet Therapy. He was so proud of the work he did establishing the Pet Pantry. He was always so kind and out going. Clearly he loved to chat with other dog people. I was so shocked to see that he left us so suddenly.

I thought you would like to know that "he never met a stranger" at least when dogs were involved. I am sure you miss him deeply and I will, too, when I walk past his house. Please take good care of Teddy. He is a sweet dog. My heart goes out to you for your loss.

Karen Mcpherson

September 17, 2018

I have just seen Bob's obituary in the Cape Cod Times. Bob and I talked whenever I passed his house while walking through Riverbay. He always asked "What are you in now?," and always was so friendly. I think we shared names a couple years ago - when Molly was still around - but I'm not really good about filing all that information, so it wasn't until I saw his photo in the Chronicle that I made the connection. It was good just to talk with him for 5 or 10 minutes every couple weeks. I have taken to looking for him whenever I pass his (your) house.

I don't think I shall stop looking for him.

Bill & Anne O'Connor

September 4, 2018

Dear Terry and Family:
We were deeply saddened to hear about Bob's passing. He was a great husband, a great father, a great Catholic and a great friend. We're thankful for the many years he and Bill got to work together and for the great friendship we developed with he and Terry. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. May he rest in peace.
Love
Bill & Anne O'Connor

cindy stearns

September 4, 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear of Bob's Passing. A smiling gentle man made his way to our shop frequently. I am forever grateful for knowing Bob and his beautiful Family. Bob always made me feel like I was the most important person in the room when he would chat with me. I will cherish this forever. Never did bob end a conversation without a god bless you. Find comfort in knowing that Bob lived a full, loving life and you now have the most amazing guardian angel who will forever watch over and help you every day. Bob went straight up to heaven with no stops in between. Love you all, and we will be here for you if you need anything.
Love
Blake and Cindy Stearns ( and family) Marions Pie Shop

cindy stearns

September 4, 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear of Bob's Passing. A smiling gentle man made his way to our shop frequently. I am forever grateful for knowing Bob and his beautiful Family. Bob always made me feel like I was the most important person in the room when he would chat with me. I will cherish this forever. Never did bob end a conversation without a god bless you. Find comfort in knowing that Bob lived a full, loving life and you now have the most amazing guardian angel who will forever watch over and help you every day. Bob went straight up to heaven with no stops in between. Love you all, and we will be here for you if you need anything.
Love
Blake and Cindy Stearns ( and family) Marions Pie Shop

Bob Hughes

September 4, 2018

I was very sad when I heard of Bobs passing. We were not related, but shared the same name. I will never forget January 12, 1969. We lived in Summit, NJ and Bob came over to our house to watch Super Bowl III, NY Jets vs Baltimore Colts. When the Jets scored the first touchdown to take a 7 - 0 lead, I never heard a grown man hoot, holler, yell and clap so loud. I was only 13 years old and I couldn't understand why Bob was so happy. He then explained to me that he had the Jets and 18 points. I was a huge Jets fan and Bob was with me as we watched one of the greatest upsets in sports history when the NY Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts 16 - 7.
During baseball season sometimes I would go over to Bob's house on Saturdays (always had to be after he mowed the lawn) so we could watch the NY Mets or the Game of the Week. Then I would stay to watch the kids when he and Terry went out for the evening.
Some of my fondest memories growing up were spent with Bob (Mr. Hughes).






Anne Corrigan

September 3, 2018

I was so saddened to hear of Bobs passing. I met Bob in the mid 1990’s when I use to groom his beloved Irish Setter. More recently, I was happy to offer him space to house the Chatham Pet Pantry at my facility. I will miss his visits to the Pantry and his tireless efforts to make the pantry available to those in need in our community. He was a gentle soul and an unending source of encouragement and always left me with a blessing and a smile. He was a rare man and I was fortunate to have known him. My deepest condolences to Terry and the family.

Linda Devonshire

September 2, 2018

Bob was my mutt mitt buddy. I will miss him.

Shannon Muchka

September 2, 2018

Bob was such a pleasant person to talk to! He always greeted me with a hug or handshake and a big smile. I took care of his beloved dogs Molly and Teddy. He was so grateful and let me know how much he appreciated me every time I saw him. He was a very generous person as well. He would always say goodbye to me by saying “God bless” which made me feel so blessed to have him in my life. Chatham has lost one of its very kindest residents who was dedicated to making our community a welcoming place and helping others whether he knew them or not. He will be missed.

Anne-Marie Litchfield

September 2, 2018

To Terry and the Hughes family,
Bill and I are so very sorry to learn of Bobs passsing. He was a fixture in our neighborhood. Always a kind word and a warm smile, he was so very genuine in his caring of his neighbors, their lives and of course all the dogs! I will miss seeing him on a daily basis. We will be in touch when we are back from our trip to Maine. With love and sympathy, Anne-Marie