Robert Edward Hughes, 75, of Queensbury, passed away peacefully at home on June 19th surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer.
Bob was born on August 7, 1947, to Joseph and Thelma (Edmonds) Hughes in Ticonderoga, NY.
Survived by his wife of 32 years Susan Periard Hughes; his children - Danielle (Brian) Bishop, Michelle (Mike) Beaney, Robert J Hughes all of Lake Placid, NY and Katie Mae (Travis) Gonyea of Jacksonville, NC; his 6 grandchildren - Skyler, Emma, Brooke, Briar, Wyatt and Everett; his sister Judy (Doug) Koch, brothers Jeff (Kim) Hughes and Greg (Lori) Hughes; Aunts Pat Butler and Gladys Hastings; his very close cousins Tom (Patti) Edwards and Terry (Steve) Mitchell and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob will be greatly missed by his constant canine companion Maggie.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, brothers Joe, Russell, Leo, Mike and Wally. His Uncle & Aunt George & Rita Edwards with whom he lived with during his high school years, and his in-laws Gene & Agnes Periard.
Bob worked in the grocery business all of his career. He started with A&P in high school and retired from Hannaford as a Produce Manager after 26 years. Bob took great pride in his work and his ability to manage his people with respect and a great sense of humor. If you heard whistling or someone saying "Hey pal!" in the Hannaford on Quaker Road in Queensbury that was Bob. Bob was the first department manager to receive the John J. Russell Award at Hannaford, an award that is given in recognition of excellence. Above all else, even with his unbelievable work ethic and eye for perfection, when it came down to it he genuinely valued and appreciated all his coworkers, employees, and customers.
Bob also had a passion for Disney World, which he shared with his daughter Katie. They would often conspire in planning their next trip. He had a gift for carpentry, remodeling two of the homes we shared and was always planning his next project or lending a hand to anyone in need. For anyone that knew Bob, they knew how much he loved all animals especially his dogs and was often proudly referred to as "The Dog Whisperer." He loved getting updates on all his kids and grandchildren (even if it was a phone call over his retro flip phone!) and cherished every moment he got to spend with them. Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to so many, and will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
A special thank you to C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Dr. Stoutenburg, and High Peaks Hospice (Lori and Alita), his sister-in-law and "personal nurse" Mary Lamkins for their compassionate care. Also, a special thank you to sister-in-law, Patty Gordon, for providing meals for the family during his final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to C.R. Wood Cancer Center
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday June 23rd at 11:15am in Our Lady of the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, 448 Aviation Road, Queensbury.