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“Michael, Richard, Christopher, and Karen- I was saddened recently, to hear of your Dad's passing.He was mentioned this Memorial Day at the...Read More »
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“Mary Lou, I was so sorry to see that you have lost you're loved Bill! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Amy ”
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“Marylou, cousins and all the family,My love and sympathy is with you today. Uncle Bill was truly a special man and an important part of all of our...Read More »
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Museum of Science Boston, Eye Opener Program on December 2007 “I have been blessed to have known so many wonderful people through my work at the Museum of Science. Joe will always have a place in my heart as one...Read More »
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“On behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2498, our deepest sympathy to Comrade Bill's family. Bill, as we called him, was a valued member of...Read More »
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“Dear Laura and Mike, Our sincere condolences to you, Mary Lou and all the Hughes family. We know the love and respect you all had for "Pops" and...Read More »
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“My love and condolences to Mary Lou and family. So happy for the good memories shared over the years together. ”
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Joseph "Bill" William Hughes age 89, of Needham, formerly of Reading, after a short illness March 14, 2017. Beloved husband of Mary Lou (Edman) Hughes, 18 years, and formerly of Claire L. (MacKerron) Hughes, 45 years. Joe was born in Boston, MA, to Joseph and Catherine Hughes of Dorchester, MA. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II. Joe was Manager of International Activities for Raytheon's Missile Systems Division. He was past chairman of the International Military and Space Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG). He retired from Raytheon after 35 years. Joe received his Electrical Engineering degree from Northeastern University. He was a member of VFW Post 2498 in Needham.
Joe was a proud veteran and a devoted father and husband who enjoyed family, travel, volunteering at the Museum of Science and providing tax assistance to elders.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Claire L. (MacKerron) Hughes, his brother David Hughes of Billerica and his grandson Corey Dunn of Charlotte, NC.
Joe is survived by his wife Mary Lou, his sons Michael Hughes and wife Laura, Richard Hughes and wife Patricia, Christopher Hughes and wife Terri, his daughter Karen Dunn and her partner Dale Smith, his sister Carol (Hughes) Kelliher, his beloved grandchildren Eric Dunn and Erin, Alex, Kathryn, Sophia and Lydia Hughes and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are invited to calling hours on Friday, March 17th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, MA. A funeral service celebrating Joe's life will be held at the Needham Congregational Church, 1154 Great Plain Ave, Needham, Saturday, March 18th at 11:00 am with a reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, Joe requested that donations be made to the Museum of Science Eye Opener Program. For on-line donations, follow instructions at for a Tribute Gift to the Eye Opener Program in the name of Joseph Hughes. Alternatively, send checks to: The Advancement Office, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114 and indicate "Joseph Hughes, Eye Opener Program" in the memo section of the check.
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