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On November 22, 2018. Beloved husband of Helena Gerard Hughes; father of Charles S., Kenneth M. and Pamela A. Hughes; son of the late John W. and Hattie Horton Hughes; brother of the late Tom Horton and Cora Hughes; grandfather of Lauren Kenni Marie; brother-in-law of Claudette and Ray Richardson; uncle of Todd Richardson and Sylvester Hughes. An accomplished musician whose love of music and residency at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association was only surpassed by his love of his wife of 60 years, Helena. John composed and performed the hit song "Rambunctious" which he played regularly with the Harold Betters Quartet at the legendary Crawford Grill, Encore, and the Gaslight Club. He will be tickling the ivories with the jazz greats that he played with when began his music career at 16 years old. Upon graduation with a degree in music from Duquesne University, he furthered his education and retired as a mediator from the Justice Department. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 in Allegheny Cemetery Temple of Memories at 1 p.m. Arrangements by JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC. (

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 25 to Nov. 28, 2018.
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December 7, 2018
Eric and I love not only John but his entire family. May you be blessed and we will continue to include you in our prayers. Rest well.

Cecile and Eric Springer and Family
December 2, 2018
I have fond recollections of John. He entertained us at my mother's wedding reception. I remember his broad smile as he played and we danced. My deepest condolences to his wonderful wife Helena and his children.
Anthony Selmeczy
November 29, 2018

My condolences to the family of Mr. Hughes for your loss. Mr. Hughes was an incredible man, and my life is richer for having known him. May the One who is Everpresent bring comfort to his family and loved ones.
Gary Fischer
November 28, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your dear father's passing. My sympathy,thoughts,and prayers to you and your family. I regret not being able to attend, as I am performing in Key West, Florida.
With much love,
Richy Muckle
November 28, 2018
To The Hughes Family:

My deepest sympathy to your family during this very difficult time. No words can express my deep, heart-felt condolence.

I am praying for your strength, comfort and peace.

May God continue to bless and strengthen you always!
Lori Bridgett-Knox
November 28, 2018
May God send His comfort and peace to you and your family at this time. Weeping endures for a night, but joy will come in the morning.
Beverly Reynolds
November 28, 2018
Mr. Hughes: A wonderful and talented musician. This was only exceeded by his kind heart and good nature. He will be missed. God bless.
Leonard Holt
November 27, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. May the god of comfort, sustain your family during these challenging times.
thomas brown
November 27, 2018
My sympathies to your family. May you find comfort and peace in God's loving arms during this difficult time of grief. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)
November 27, 2018
I wish to give my condolences for the loss of your Loved One. May the God of peace give you strength to endure. 1 Peter 5:6,7.
November 27, 2018
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family. Jeremiah 29:11 assures us God is thinking thoughts of peace towards us,to give us a future and a hope. In the days to come may you find comfort in that hope.
Pat Matthews
November 27, 2018
A long, long time ago, I played a dance job with John Hughes. One gig. 60 years ago? 70? Pittsburgh? Washington, PA? Two things I can tell you. John Hughes was a great guy. And rarely does one enjoy the solidity of a collaboration with such a worthy musician. I send heartfelt condolences to John's loving family.
Eddie Myers
November 26, 2018
Dear Mrs Hughes
My sincere condolences to you. My family and I feel we lost a special friend with John's passing. In the 24 years I lived there, not a single important party at the Chatham president's home happened that was not graced by John's talent, warmth and joy. He made a great difference time after time and will be missed.
Esther Barazzone
November 26, 2018
Stacy Kennedy
November 26, 2018
I am very saddened to hear about the passing of our friend, John. My sincere condolences to his lovely family...Peace, Love & Comfort,
Kae O'Brien
November 26, 2018
We Promise We Will Play Your Songs...
To Mrs. Helena G. Hughes, Family and Friends....

Maestro John Wesley Hughes,
Today and Everyday in Our Minds and Our Hearts....

We Join the Angels In Heaven and On EarthHeart. We Promise We Will Play Your Songs, Dance to Your Melodies and Sow Your Seeds of Light and Love!

Beloved Radiant ONES,

Let Us Still Our Minds and Our Hearts! Now Breathe and Exhale Many Times...

Just as trees, flowers and all living things; we are all born from the Seeds of Light and Love.

Even when our bodies are frail, our Hearts grow strong when nurtured with Love.

Some of us stay here for many years, share wisdom with many others, and learn great lessons.

Others stay only a short time but their Love guides and gives us courage, strength and new purpose. Through them we learn what it is to be happy even when we are very sad!

We learn to support and nurture eachother and share our special moments.

Hopefully we learn quickly to say what is in our hearts and to Live With No Regret--- because sometimes we are asked to offer our tender goodbyes when we just became comfortable and said a Loving hello!

And Yes, it is true...

Every beautiful flower will wilt and return to the Earth.

And strong trees may fall in a storm and die.

But the Roots of Love are Eternal and can remain and blossom in our minds and our hearts throughout All Time in the Circle of Life and Love!

For Maestro John Wesley Hughes, and All Those Whom We Love That Have Left This Earth, We Call Your Names, and Allow the Memory of Grace In Your Spirits to Help Us Live with Hope.

We Lovingly Call Your Names and Re-Member Your Laughter, Your Joy, Your Wisdom, Your Precious Life Journeys, and Your Love.

Maestro John Wesley Hughes,
Today and Everyday in Our Minds and Our Hearts....

We Join the Angels In Heaven and On EarthHeart.

We Promise We Will Play Your Songs, Dance to Your Melodies and Sow Your Seeds of Light and Love!

With Much Love,
Rev. Melony McGant and Mother, Betty J. Tilman
Rev. Melony McGant
November 25, 2018
May the memories that you've shared fill your spirit during this time. Our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies. Sincerely Glen and Troye Washington Clanton
Troye Washington Clanton
November 25, 2018
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