Patrick Joseph McHugh, Sr.
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Patrick Joseph McHugh, Sr., age 76, of West Chester, Pennsylvania passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 26, 2013, due to complications following surgery. He was a man of great service to his faith, family and country.
Born in Manhattan, New York on March 1, 1936, Pat was the son of the late Peter McHugh, Sr. and Ann Goodwin McHugh. He attended Incarnation School and Cardinal Hayes High School before earning a scholarship to Iona College. Throughout college Pat worked full time at General Motors in Tarrytown, New York as an assembly line manager. Upon graduation, Pat married the love of his life Helen Ann Gallagher McHugh. He also joined the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry officer, serving on active duty first in Quantico, VA and then at Camp Lejeune, NC, before transferring to the Marine Corps Reserves where he served in Mobile, Alabama. He retired from the Corps with the rank of Captain after an injury during paratrooper training. Pat humbly personified the Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis, always remaining faithful to his faith, family, and country.
Concurrent with joining the reserves, Pat was recruited by the Scott Paper Company. At Scott, he held roles of increasing levels of responsibility over his 33 year career with the company. His career started at facilities in Alabama and Pennsylvania before being brought to the company's headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pat retired from Scott as Director of Opportunities & Consumable Resources in 1995. While working for Scott and raising a family of six, he was graduated from the Wharton Executive Program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Juris Doctorate as a member of the first graduating class of the Delaware Law School, now Widener University School of Law. He joined the Pennsylvania Bar and integrated his business acumen with his legal profession to the benefit of both his work and his service to the community. Pat then began his third career, helping others as an Executive Recruiter with Eissler & Associates, and then pursuing several entrepreneurial ventures. He also continued his legal work in arbitration and pro bono legal assistance for veterans in Delaware County. Over the years, Pat served many non-profits, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts of America, Toastmasters, Jaycees, St. Ignatius Church, and Church of the Holy Child.
His professional accomplishments are remarkable, but his love and care for his family cannot be adequately measured by words. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, who took great pleasure in every academic, athletic and artistic endeavor pursued by his wife, his six children and their spouses, and his twenty-two grandchildren. He also looked forward to future family events with his new great grandchildren, having hugged and kissed each of the little ones. He never missed a birthday or the opportunity to say "I love you," followed by a big bear hug. Nothing in this world was more important to him than sharing life experiences with his wife, family and friends.
Pat and his bride loved to travel the world and relished sharing their adventures with the grandchildren, never failing to return with funny stories and amazing keepsakes. He was an avid reader of history, economics, current events, and theology often consuming several books a week. Pat read the Wall Street Journal, cover to cover, everyday and loved to clip articles, sending them with his notations to whomever they would benefit. He enjoyed to cook, bake, and help around the house. He learned to cook your favorite food, dropped it off regularly, delivered care packages to college grandchildren to help them study, and hosted all holiday & family events. He was a kind and gentle giant.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers in law, John Duffy and Daniel Keenan, and his grandson, Midshipman Frederick Eissler, USNA.
He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty five years, Helen Gallagher McHugh; sister Ann Maloney (Vince); brothers, Peter McHugh (Theresa), John McHugh (Connie), and Charles McHugh (Mary); children, Mary Crowley (Robert), Patricia Lyons (Garrett), Helene Eissler (Fred), Peter McHugh (Mary Beth), Frances Tuinstra (Carl), Patrick McHugh, Jr. (Lori); grandchildren, Michael Crowley (Amanda), Shannon Crowley, Joseph Crowley, Robert Crowley, James Crowley, Garrett Lyons, Meghan Lyons, Faith Lyons, Patrick Lyons, Jane Lyons, Sarah Eissler, Maddie Eissler, Gracie Eissler, Gretel Eissler, Owen McHugh, Annie McHugh, Liam McHugh, Maggie McHugh, Sophia McHugh, Emma McHugh, and Ava McHugh; great grandchildren, Malakye Crowley, MacKenzie Crowley and Michael Crowley, Jr.; and sister in law Patricia Keenan.
Visitation will be held at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, Delaware from 10:00 - 12:00 noon on Saturday, February 2, 2013, followed immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon with interment to follow at the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any of the following three charities: Ministry of Caring, 1803 W. 6th St., Wilm DE 19805, Sojourner's Place, 2901 Northeast Blvd., Wilm DE 19802 or Wounded Warrior Project, WoundedWarriorProject.org. For online condolences, please visit
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Published in The News Journal from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2013