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Charles R. Hughes

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Hughes, Charles R. DELMAR Charles R. Hughes went to the God he loves on April 3, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. Charlie was born on October 2, 1931 in Brooklyn, the son of Joseph and Margaret (Feeley) Hughes. He attended St. John's Prep in Brooklyn, and then began his college education at St. John's University. Before completing college, he joined the Navy and served during the Korean War on the USS Sicily. After his service, he returned to St. John's and graduated with his degree in history. He worked briefly for TWA, then began his long career with IBM until his retirement in 1987. Charlie married the love of his life, Catherine Roletter Hughes, on August 25, 1956. With his two children, Kathleen and John, they moved to various places while Charlie worked at IBM, including Hicksville, Manchester, Conn., Yorktown Heights, and Lambertville, N.J. He moved to Delmar in 2006 following the passing of Catherine. Charlie lived a life of service to others. While in Lambertville, Charlie and Catherine were involved in their parish, St. John the Evangelist, and also delivered food with Meals-on-Wheels to the homebound. When Charlie moved to Delmar, he continued his life of serving others in new ways. He volunteered at the food pantry at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul. He spearheaded a drive at St. Vincent's to collect bicycles and sewing machines, resulting in 200 bicycles being delivered to Tanzania and more than 100 sewing machines sent to Yemen for women-owned businesses. Charlie's greatest joy in service was his volunteer work at hospice. He visited with patients at home and later became a volunteer at the Hospice Inn. He was known for his quiet presence with families, visiting with patients who needed a listening ear, and sitting with patients who did not have visitors. Charlie believed that no person should die alone. In addition to his wife Catherine, Charlie was predeceased by his beloved brother, Joseph Hughes, and his little sister, Joanne Cardillo. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Hughes Burgess and his son-in-law and friend Michael of Delmar; his two grandchildren, Joseph and Catherine of Manhattan; and his son John Hughes of Montclair, N.J. He is also survived by his devoted and loving sisters, Bernadette Jones of Woodhaven, and Margaret Schaffer of Guilderland; as well as a clan of nieces and nephews from here and across the Atlantic who will all miss Uncle Charlie's laughter and goodness. A very special thank you to Charlie's second family, which was his family at the Hospice Inn, for the kindness, compassion and love that they so generously showered upon Charlie while he was a volunteer and especially during Charlie's final days. Thank you also for extending that same tenderness to his family during those days as well. Thank you also to Adessa Rice for her continued care and companionship to Charlie during his recuperation from his first stroke. Funeral services, Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:45 a.m., from the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen Street, Albany thence to St. Vincent De Paul Church, Albany at 9:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call in the funeral home on both Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. To leave a message for the family, obtain directions, or view other helpful services, please visit McveighFuneralHome.com. Contributions may be made in Charlie's name to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital c/o the Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.
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Published in Albany Times Union from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2014
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