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Dear Mary and Colin
My heartfelt love and condolence. I learned of Hugh's passing from a former neighbour of yours (Claire) on Sinclair one day while at the Wolfville Farmers' Market...two West Vancouver families transplanted to rural Nova Scotia. 'Tis hard to believe. I will always remember your kindness to me when we first moved to West Van, meeting Hugh and you owing to our children's connection through the West Van Youth Band. That you three came to my graduation at the U of Calgary when I barely knew you was so touching! It's been a few years since I experienced one of Hugh's huge hugs; it is fond memory I hold of him.
Cathy Morley
Hello Mary and Colin,

I know we are late on the draw, but we just heard of Hugh's passing. He was a wonderful colourful character and it is such a tragedy that he has left us.

I hope you are both hanging in there. Our thoughts are with you.


Karol Traviss
Dick Shannon
and daughters Selena and Kelsey
Dear Mary and Colin, we are so saddened to (just) hear of Hugh's passing. Our thoughts and love are with you both. The memory of his larger than life, bubbling-over personality, along with his beaming smile, will remain with us always. Hugh and I first met in a woodworking class at WVSS; he was making a toy box for Colin and I, a play table for Heather--I think there was much more laughter than learning, as we discovered friends and interests in common! And, while we haven't seen much of you in recent years since we moved, it was lovely to stay in touch as our kids grew up together. Much love to you both,
Not surprising, my first memory of Hugh is humorous and comes from when we worked together many years ago at Xerox. Hugh was relating the story of his maiden flight in his new home built plane which ended quickly when the oil blew out of the engine and he set down in a field that was shorter than he expected. The wheels ran across the top of the dyke at the end of the field and the plane stopped nose down in 3 feet of water in the ditch below. Of course the telling of the story was masterful and entertained the the whole bullpen with great hilarity. Next day a huge photo appeared on the wall showing the plane in the ditch with Hugh standing beside it and a large banner across the top declaring, "HUGH"S AIR WEST". From there his reputation grew.
Great memories of a great guy. He blessed us all.
Dear Mary and Colin,

All my memories of Hugh are substantial! He was sincere, caring,
fun, forthright. Always knew his direction and shared his spiritual insights freely through his very being naturally. What an actor! How he loved the kids - and all of us. No need to replace him, just cherish his memory.

Lovingly from,
Gillian Palejko, George and Roger.
Our profound thanks to all of you who have remembered Hugh in this guest book. He would so pleased to see all the old friends who are represented here. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We hope you will keep in touch with us in a happier way as time goes on.
Hugh was unlike anyone else I've ever known in his openness to people and his ability to connect instantly with everyone he met. That was a marvelous gift, and everyone who wrote here felt that (along with hundreds of others).
If he were going to go, leaving in the middle of a wonderful motorcycle ride is how he would have wanted it. So I imagine him riding around heaven on that big new Honda he was hankering for!
We are grateful for your kind words, prayers and good wishes. Bless you.
Mary and Colin
Hugh and I were part of a breakfast networking group in Vancouver for many years. Can you imagine any better way to start a day than with a coffee and a 'Huuughe' breakfast? Our group was at numerous restaurants over the years but in one, our server was always grumpy and unfriendly. Hugh took it on as a personal challenge to make her smile. She was a tough customer, but Hugh persevered and even though she was still grumpy with the rest of us, she would light up around Hugh. Mary and Colin, I am very sorry for your loss. He will be sadly missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nina and i were in Tuscany when we heard of this terrible tragedy. If we could have, we would have been here with you as you both meant so much to us during our lifetime.
I went to school with Hugh at St John's Ravenscourt from grade 6 on and when we hooked up again 45 years later it was as if it was just the day before we had been together. His wit, personality and caring for those around him were just the same then as now. As a matter of fact some of his stories told most recently were the same we heard way back then, and you know we still laughed.
Hugh you were bigger than life and we will never forget you, rest in peace my friend
Oh Hugh...

I just heard about this terrible loss tonight.

Hugh was the 'salt' in the ICBC chior where I first met him. He made everything 'taste' better. A charmer, everyone around him felt better about themselves and their abilities when Hugh was there. Yes, a world class joke teller with an impeccable sense of timing. When we were getting too serious or intense in our attempts and music, Hugh could always lighten the mood and send us straight into peels of laugher or groans. Either way, I was grateful for his love of life and putting that over all else.

On a silly personal note, I think of Hugh everytime I leave New Westminster via Columbia/Brunette, which these days is at least 3x/wk. He always touted that as faster than Canada Way. He literally changed the direction of my life. (Hope he laughed or groaned over than joke) (um yeah, that was my attempt at a joke...)

LOVE LOVE LOVE to you Mary & Colin. We are with you in your pain...searching for the jokes Hugh would say in this painful moment.

With heartfel tears,
Arlene Elliott (nee Roche)
From So-La-Mi Musical Theatre
Dear Mary and Colin,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Such sudden and shocking news. Our thoughts are with you in the days ahead.
sincerely Helen Friesen (housekeeper to Hugh and Marion Roberts) and her family

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