John Kirby Hughes Sr.

In memory of John Kirby Hughes, Sr. owner and founder of Hughes Funeral Home passed away on Friday morning April 12, 2013, four days shy of his 87th birthday. After a long illness, he slipped away peacefully in the presence of his beloved children and family. Born in Skillman, N.J., April 16, 1926, to the late Ernest W. Sr. and Pearl Hughes, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carolyn and his devoted brother, Ernest W. Hughes Jr.
Known by his many friends and family, "Jack" Hughes was educated in the Montgomery Township and Princeton public schools in New Jersey. In his high school yearbook, Jack declared his "singular" intention was to become a funeral director and an entrepreneur. Yet like many men of his generation, Jack Hughes served with distinction in the United States Army during World War II, stationed in Hawaii. At the conclusion of his military service, Jack attended Howard University in Washington D.C. and the American Academy of Funeral Service in New York City where he studied business and Mortuary Science. Jack subsequently served apprenticeships at Newsome Funeral Home, The Rodney Dade Funeral Home and Judkins Funeral Home.
With great sacrifices and determination, Jack Hughes opened the doors of Hughes Funeral Home in 1959. A consummate businessman, he built an exceptional business. And, his model was based on his own personal values of excellence, independence, and his passionate desire to create something that would exist as a beacon in Trenton and the surrounding communities. This is the very model that his sons and grandsons continue to uphold.
Jack was an active member of Aaron Lodge No.9, Princeton, N.J. and was also a member of Ophir- Consitory No. 48 and Khufu Temple No. 120. He loved sports. Golf and football were his true loves, and the New York Giants were his lifelong team.
He is survived by his loving children, Audrey Randolph of Westampton, N.J., Carolyn Keel of Trenton, N.J., Margaret Hughes of Ewing, N.J., Carlton (Dianna) of Cranbury, N.J., John (Glinda) of Bordentown N.J., and Jerome (Linda) of Ewing, N.J.; six grandchildren, Corey, Alicia, Rodney (Megan), Carlton Jr., J'onie and Kenneth; and beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, sister and brother-in-law.
Although his profession was very much a public one, he was a man of very few words. His greatest pride was for his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and nephew. Independent, persistent, complex, he was a "Skillman boy" with worldly ideas and even bigger dreams.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Hughes Funeral Home, 324 Bellevue Ave., Trenton, N.J. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 340 Rev. S. Howard Woodson Way, Trenton, N.J. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. The Rev. Keith A. Marshall will officiate. Internment Ewing Cemetery, Ewing, N.J. Arrangements are by the Hughes Funeral Home.
Published in The Trentonian on Apr. 17, 2013