Brian James Hug

January 20, 1973May 20, 2021
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Brian James Hug passed away on May 20th, 2021 at the age of 48 after a long battle with esophageal cancer. Brian was a native of Long Island, NY and moved to Maryland soon after graduating from Binghamton University in New York. Here, he built a community of friends, started his family and began his career in air quality planning at the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Brian was passionate about all things baseball—from coaching his sons' youth games to cheering on his beloved New York Yankees. To Brian, coaching wasn't only about creating a better ballplayer, but also working to instill confidence in every member of the team on their journeys to young adulthood. And is it perhaps fitting that such an avowed fan of the sport spent his final afternoon on earth at the ballpark, taking in an Orioles game at Camden Yards.

Brian also loved music (especially Pearl Jam), craft beers, soccer, and his Jeep. But more than anything, he loved his family. It was that love that inspired him to fight so hard—and to appreciate every extra moment singing in the car with all of his kids, coaching his boys and their friends, dancing with his daughter, and living every minute that he was here.

It’s tough to capture all the years of someone’s life in a short obituary. But if there is one word that represents Brian’s time here – it’s probably connection. Brian created meaningful connections with all of the people he cared about: his family, his friends, his fellow coaches and players, the coworkers he mentored over the years, and a community of fellow cancer patients who he encouraged and supported — even while waging his own battle against a disease that takes too many, too soon — he never stopped coaching, never stopped caring.

Brian left it all on the field. His loss is felt deeply by all who knew and loved him.

Brian is survived by his beloved wife of 15 years Sarah Catherine Hug (nee Wolf); his loving children, Tyler (12), Joshua (10), and Lillian (10); parents, Edward and Janice Hug; sister, Jennifer Lynn Hug; parents-in-law, Dennis and Kathy Wolf; brother-in-law, Jeffrey Wolf and his wife Amanda; nephews, Ascher and Sullivan Wolf; he is also survived by many other loving family members and friends.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Mountain Christian Church (Cook Auditorium) from 3-5PM, where a Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to support Brian’s children by going to the following links, Joshua's College Fund, Tyler's College Fund, Lillian's Future


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    Friday, June 11, 2021


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Jeremy Trimble

June 15, 2021

I will always remember Brian and all the Hugs for being great neighbors. I remember Brian and Sarah as they first moved in to the neighborhood. Brian was smart and dedicated. He cared about his surroundings and helped almost immediately upon arrival to the neighborhood with the "HOA".

As several families all began to have kids in the neighborhood, Brian's appreciation for family was well known simply with how he walked around the neighborhood w/ his kids. Whether it was back and forth to the park or just hanging out, Brian sure did love his kids.

I'll always remember Brian for embracing his positive, Christian demeanor. What a hard working, courageous person he was!

And to the Hugs: Sarah, Tyler, Josh, Lily and extended family, we all recognize you all as well. While we all admired Brian's courage, you all should know that your family and friends noticed and continue to notice your courage too.

May God continue to bless all of you.

Joanne Gilman

June 12, 2021

Brian sounds like a wonderful man! Dear Jen and Hug family, I am terribly sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace in knowing that Brian now rests in His care.

Tracy Newman

June 12, 2021

They say that a measure of a life well lived is the legacy that we leave behind. If that’s true, it’s clear that Brian lived his life to the absolute fullest. From his love of his family to his love of baseball to his love of Jeeps to his love of a good beer to his love of public service and preserving/protecting the environment — Brian was surrounded by and radiated love.

My heart is with you, Sarah.

Cindy Osorto

June 11, 2021

Dear Hug family,

I'm deeply sorry for your loss and wish you strength during this difficult time. Brian Hug was an admirable public servant that truly cared about MDE's mission to protect public health and the environment through air quality measures. He was a great leader to many around him, brilliant, and great to work with. Thank you, Brian, for all of your contributions over the years.

Cindy Osorto (MDE colleague)

Hieu Lam

June 11, 2021

Brian will always be remembered in our hearts. Not only as a caring father and husband, but as a member of the community.

May you find peace and comfort during these times of hardship. The joyful faces of the family will be one that I will not forget.

-The Lam Family

Kimberly Harrison

June 11, 2021

Life is a vapor. Cherished memories is all we have left. It warms our hearts to see Brian’s everlasting spirit through his children. Their laughter when playing outside, their jokes and spunk is so delightful to hear and watch from afar.

Brian will be forever truly missed but his spirit remains with us….through eternity.

The Harrison’s

Peter Goodwin

June 5, 2021

Brian was smart, kind and a gentleman. He made an incredible contribution to the citizens of Maryland through his efforts to ensure clean air.
He will be missed but his legacy will endure. We hope the Hug family take comfort in his lasting contributions.

Peter Goodwin, Don Boesch, Stuart Clarke, Mark Castro, Bill Dennison and all his friends in the UMCES community.

Kathy and Dick Burson

May 27, 2021

Sarah--You, your children and the entire Hug and Wolf families are in our hearts and our prayers. Brian's loving, giving heart will always be a part of the lives of the beautiful family the two of you created. We pray that God will watch over you as you mourn this loss, heal from this loss and celebrate Brian's life and legacy. Your family has always been so very special to us and we are so very sorry you're having to face these difficult days.
Sending our love and deepest sympathy, Kathy & Dick Burson

Scott Zacharko

May 26, 2021

Brian was both a great mentor and friend to me. I wish that any words could remediate your loss. God bless a good man and his family.

Erick Thunell

May 25, 2021

I spent a long time wondering what to write, but I think its best to just keep it simple. Thank you, Brian, for all you've done. May your loved ones find peace. I enjoyed the time we spent together, friend.