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Larry Hughes


1935 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Larry Hughes Obituary
February 8, 1935 - June 16, 2016 Glendale High School c1953, US Army Intelligence Unit 1953-1961. CalStateLA BA c1965. CalArts Photography MFA c1973. Studied at Chouinard. Credited with igniting the rebirth of Old Town Pasadena's antique and art scene, Larry opened his first storefront "Riff Raff" on Holly Street in 1978. Larry pioneered the antique mall concept when he opened Holly Street Bazaar in 1980. In its heyday, it housed 50 dealers and was regularly featured in travel magazines and collector's guides from as far away as Japan. He opened his first of four eponymous stores in Pasadena. He retired in 2006, having handed over Hughes Estate Sales to his son, Todd. Frank Donadee, Collector Magazine publisher said, "Larry is the undisputed Godfather of the Pasadena antiques community. He started it all and while others faded away, he remained a prominent fixture on the scene. To those of us who know the business - either as colleagues or customers - he is a legend." Auctioneer John Moran added, "Larry was all about the people. He cared more about his customers than the actual stuff. That's a rare quality indeed to be known for in this business. Jeff and I have the utmost respect for his accomplishments and the sterling reputation he earned." He is survived by a loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Yvonne Hughes of Altadena, CA; his son Jared Hughes (Nadia) and his granddaughter Theodora of Takoma Park, MD; his son Todd Hughes (Elizabeth Hesik) and his grandson Henry of Pasadena, CA. A service is scheduled at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena, CA for Monday, August 15th at 9AM. Memorial contributions to the CalArts Photography Department or The Convalescent Aid Society of Pasadena are welcomed.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 28 to July 2, 2016
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