Chester William Hughes Sr.
May 4, 1927 – January 2, 2021
Former Lieutenant Chester William Hughes, Sr., 93, of Glendale, AZ, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 2, 2021. Chester, commonly known as “Chet”, was honored to serve the City of Trenton, NJ on the Police Department for 31 years prior to retiring to Arizona. Born on May 4, 1927, in Trenton, NJ, he was third child to the late Captain Chester A. and Hannah K. Hughes of Trenton, NJ. Besides being preceded in death by his parents, he is also preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Carrie Zane Mason Hughes; his infant son, Matthew J.; his youngest son, Thomas B.; a great-grand-son, Boe Gracin; a son-in-law, Carey P. White; his sister Margaret Thomas and brothers Robert and William Hughes.
Chet is survived by his six living children; two daughters: Gail Doris Hughes White, Glendale, AZ and Jill Justine Hughes, Peoria, AZ; four sons: Chester William Hughes, Jr. (Kathy), Glendale, AZ; William Mason Hughes (Kelli), Peoria, AZ; Mark David Hughes (Beth), Glendale, AZ; and James Lincoln Hughes (Jennifer) of Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his grandchildren: Kellie McGarry; Matthew White; Matthew Hughes; Lindsay LaPre' (Stephen); Chester W. Hughes III (Rachel); Rihana Smith; Timothy White; Mark P. Hughes (Carleigh); Jonathan Mason Hughes (Kelsey); Justin M. Hughes (Amber); Carrie Jimenez (Noel); Heather Sugar (Stephen); Cheyenne Sauls; Cierra Sauls and great grandchildren: Matthew Carter; John McGarry; Briana McGarry; Brylee LaPre'; Kaden Hartley; Harmony Hughes; Quinn Hughes; Charlotte Hughes; Rylee Hughes; Olivia Sims and Sarah Sugar. He also leaves behind two nieces and many wonderful friends.
He attended Trenton Central High School and proudly served in the Navy from 1945-1948. He became the librarian on the base and was honored as "Man of Port Hueneme” while stationed in CA.
Chet and Carrie were married on Nov. 22, 1952 and together they had 8 children. Their amazing love story began when Chet rescued Carrie while he was on duty as a Police Officer.
Acts of kindness was a way of life for Chet. Among his many accomplishments were also acts of kindness like starting the Jr. Police Force for troubled boys, becoming an honorary member of the SPCA for his many rescues of animals, and feeding homeless men while on his beat. He was the Treasurer for the Trenton Superior Officers Association, a member of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the Signal 22 Association, and most recently a member of the Retired Police & Firefighters, Mercer County, New Jersey Local #12.
Chet and Carrie moved to Arizona in 1983 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. While residing in Arizona, Chet worked as a security guard for a gated community, Las Palomas in Scottsdale, AZ. until he was 84 years old. It was there, a book was written on his life titled, “A Life Worth Reliving”. It was a memoir of his family and many stories of his life as a Policeman in Trenton, NJ.
Chet’s (Dad, Pop-Pop), life was centered around God and his family whom he loved unconditionally. He will forever be in our hearts and will be deeply missed as we cherish the time, we had with him. He was a member of the West Phoenix Baptist Church where his son, William Mason is the Pastor. Arrangements for celebrating Chester’s life are planned to be held on January 16, 2021, under the direction of Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027. A viewing will be held on Friday, January 15th, 6pm-9pm for anyone who would like to attend. The viewing on Saturday, January 16th at 1pm and the service at 2pm is invitation only due to limited restrictions. There will be a short graveside memorial service immediately following just outside the mausoleum. For details and to leave condolences, please visit dignitymemorial.com under his name.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Chester William Hughes Sr.
Gail Hughes White
January 16, 2021
Thoughts on my dad:
I love my dad more than words can express. I have a unique nickname with him which is “Twin”. When I was 20 years old, I worked in downtown Trenton. As I crossed the intersection of State and Broad, the officer Charlie Fair who was directing traffic, stopped me out of the crowd. He asked, are you officer Chet Hughes’ daughter? I never met you but you look just like him. I replied “Yes, I am and I’m proud to be his daughter”. When I told dad, he was surprised and said we must be twins! Ever since then we called each other twin. I am also happy he named me “Gail” which he said means “Her father’s joy”. He was always there for me and I know he would have done anything for me. I will miss our phone calls several times a day and our visits. He was the most loving and selfless father ever and such a loving Pop Pop to my children and grandchildren. Carey loved him too and called him Chief. I will miss you every day, Twin, and I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven. You will always be in my heart and I love you so very much, my Dad, my Twin!
Gail "Your Twin" xoxo
January 15, 2021
I never met Chester but would have if not for the virus. But I did talk to him briefly once on the phone. And from all the comments from those who knew him, I would say he was a True Man of God. As a Friend of mine used to say, "If you are going to talk the talk then you also need to walk the walk." He did that. He was a man to look up to and to try to be like. I know his family and friends will miss him dearly.
January 13, 2021
I am sorry for your loss. May your love and memories of your Dad get you through.