Hugh "Ed" Hughes, 97, of Sun City, Ariz., passed away peacefully Thursday at the Royal Oaks Life Care Community.
He was born Aug. 30, 1923, in the mining town of Freeland, and graduated from high school there, where he participated in school musicals and church choirs.
After high school graduation he enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served as a Navy radioman. Upon discharge from the Navy, he located to Manhattan, N.Y., where he attended the Julliard School of performing arts and was a performer in professional theater.
Desiring to travel, he joined the Western Electric/AT&T company and had an impressive career of 33 years working in the United States, Canada, Greenland, Denmark, Norway, Nigeria and Vietnam. His last years with AT&T were in California, which allowed him to fulfill his personal goal to finish his college education, earning a degree in political science in 1981 from San Jose State University, California.
After retirement in 1983, he moved to Sun City West, Ariz., and continued his travels biking and staying with Elderhostel throughout Europe. On his home front, he was an avid tennis player and hiker conquering the Grand Canyon five times and almost to the top of Mt. Rainier on one occasion.
Ed was a faithful attender and member of the American Lutheran Church, Sun City, Ariz. A true gentleman in spirit and generous to all, his love for Pennsylvania always remained strong and he supported a number of children's programs in the Freeland area, including establishing a college scholarship fund through the Luzerne Foundation in Pennsylvania.
His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his numerous friends and his generous gifting to the Royal Oaks Foundation.
His ashes will be interred in his family's plot at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Freeland.