Died peacefully at Albright Manor in the early hours of Thursday April 15, 2021. He was the loving husband of Eleanor (Morris) for over 72 years. He was predeceased by by their first born Diana Lynn. Don was the dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather of son Rick, daughter-in-law Janie and their family, Becki and Igor Gutman, (Bennett, Elyse and Ivy); Carli and Patrick Scott (Alex and Liana) and Dr. James Hughes and Dr. Matea Drljepan (Edmund) and daughter Debbie, son-in-law Chuck Havill and their children Blake and Aubin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ellen (Green) Hughes, his siblings Harold, Jessie Gurr, Jack, Bill, Jean Simpson, Edie Shaver, Vera VanAlstine, Ann Crockford and their spouses and in-laws Marjorie and Gilbert Walker and Isobel Forde. He is survived by his brother-in-law Harvey Forde and many nieces and nephews. Don was born on the family farm in Port Sydney, Ontario on July 15, 1926.
He was never afraid of hard work and following a number of different jobs, he found his calling and became a proud police officer for 30 years beginning his career in Crowland, then the City of Welland and following amalgamation, the Niagara Regional Police Force serving in Welland, St. Catharines, Port Colborne and Grimsby. He could fix almost anything. After retirement he enjoyed repairing small engines and shared that love when he taught small engine repair for a number of years at night school for the District School Board of Niagara. Don loved to tell stories from the past to anyone who would listen. We will miss his sense of humour and his enjoyment of a good joke.
Old age can be tough, and we are especially grateful to Kasha, Collette, Gwenn, Christine and Care Partners for helping Don and Eleanor to stay in their home until recently when Don’s health deteriorated. Thank you also to the Staff of Albright Manor for their caring and kindness during these past few COVID – plagued months. As per Don’s wishes there will be a private graveside service. Don supported the Fonthill United Church, The Salvation Army and the Welland and Princess Margaret Hospitals. He would be honoured by memorial gifts in his name. Whenever we miss you we will just look in our hearts and there you will be.