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John P. McHugh

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John P. McHugh Obituary
On Thursday, February 14, John P. "Jack" McHugh, beloved husband of the late Catherine Ann (O'Donnell) McHugh of Woburn and former Chief of Police of Winchester, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. Loving Father of John and Tami (Dunn) of Bridgewater, NH; Cathi and Michael Flaherty of Winchester, MA; Larry and Karen (Folino) McHugh of Winchester, MA; George and Laurie (Vines) McHugh of Stoneham, MA; Nancy and Tim Thompson of Cape Elizabeth, ME; Peggy and Peter Frongillo of Old Orchard Beach, ME; Mary and Chuck Wollinger of Winchester, MA and Cindy and Anthony Frate of Winchester, MA. Devoted "Bumpa" of Melinda, John, Brad, Erin, Kate, Meaghan, Jillian, Shannon, Ryan, Kaitlin, Lauren, Jaimie, Molly, Lilli, Melanie, Maria, Molly, Emily, Timmy, Russell, Haley, Peter, Kristen, Daniel, Michael, Jessica, Amanda, Heather and Great Grandfather of Mia, Kaylie, Wyatt, Michael, Declan, Shea, Jacob, Logan and Jack. Cherished Husband of the late Theresa Kittredge. Beloved Brother of the late Robert McHugh of Ipswich, MA, and sisters, Betty Ann Pinette of Arlington, MA, Peggy Govostes and Karen Donaghey of Winchester, MA. Further survived by sisters-in-law; Winifred Bosak of Woburn, MA; Alberta O'Donnell of Melrose, MA; Georgia McHugh of Ipswich, MA and brother-in-law, Robert Donaghey. Born and raised in Winchester, Jack learned at an early age that family came first. Falling in love with his childhood sweetheart, Catherine "Kay" O'Donnell, he was her devoted husband for 48 years, lovingly raising eight children together. He enjoyed spending time at his second home in Maine, known as "The Camp". Jack took pride in all that he did; especially in the home he built with his own hands and the help of many friends. He had a profound love of gardening and a passion for family-his motto being 'family first'. He was affectionately referred to as "The Chief." Having a true gift of gab, Jack loved to tell stories and "hold court. "He and Kay opened their doors for many occasions; there was always room at the McHugh table for family and friends. He was a deeply religious man and a devoted parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church. He was an avid reader, outdoorsman and sports enthusiast who loved his Bruins. He was also very proud of his Irish heritage. As a young man, Jack served his country in the Occupational Forces in the US Army in Japan from 1946 to 1948. He joined the Winchester Police Department in 1949 and quickly rose through the ranks becoming Sergeant in 1960, followed by his appointment as Lieutenant in 1965. In 1974 he had the privilege of attending the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA where he endured an intensive three month program. In 1976 he assumed his position as Chief of the Department, holding that position until his retirement in April of 1989. He had a love of learning and was eager to share his knowledge with all. Jack also earned his degree from Boston College where he was the president of his class. He was President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and President of the New England Chiefs of Police Association. He also served on the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC). Jack was pleased with his career path and loved serving the community of Winchester. He was a member of the VFW Post 3719 in Winchester and a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 210. He was a devoted husband, beloved father and grandfather and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at St. Mary's Church Winchester and internment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04103. (207) 775-5216 www.cgcmaine.org

Published in The Winchester Star from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23, 2013
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