Peter McHugh, 86 years old, passed away peacefully after a long illness. He was born in Big Rapids, Michigan on November 19, 1933, the 6th of nine children to James and Fannie McHugh. he was raised in Morley, Michigan. Pete was a Korea and Viet Nam Veteran and had a distinguished career. He was also the Chief recruiter for the First Naval District and was on a total of eight ships.
He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Barbara, three daughters, Nancy Sherman and her husband Michael, Judith Clark and her husband Trevor and Karen Mattuchio. 5 grandchildren, Thomas and Elizabeth Mattuchio, Ryan, Shane and Scott Clark and 2 great grandchildren, Dahlia and Wyatt Murray.
During his Navy career, he received many medals, awards and citations including the Bronze Star and the Navy Commendation Medal for Bravery for bravery fighting a fire in Viet Nam on the USS Boston. He was a member of the DAV, Fleet Reserve, DESA Assoc. and the USS Boston Assoc.
He leaves his brother, Dennis McHugh and wife Patricia of Big Rapids, Michigan and the late James, Thomas, Joanne, Irene, Margaret, Paul and Charles and many nieces and nephews especially Peter McHugh, his namesake.
He was a very happy person, always singing, laughing and loved a good joke. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Graveside Service on Saturday, September 12th at Holy Cross Cemetery, 175 Broadway, Malden at 11 AM. Those attending are asked to arrive at the Cemetery front gate at 10:45 AM. At Graveside, all guests must wear face covering and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to N.E. Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108 or at nechv.org/donations/online-giving
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