John C. Hughes, 77
ASHLAND — John C. Hughes, 77, of Ashland, died in an automobile accident on Interstate 93 in Holderness on Nov. 16, 2017.
John was born in Laconia on Dec. 4, 1939, the son of Bert K. and Mary E. Morrison Hughes. He was raised and educated in Ashland, a 1958 graduate of Ashland High School. Following his school years, John served his country in the Air Force.
John was married to Elaine Avery on Aug. 12, 1967. They just recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.
He was employed at Ashland Paper Mills, IPC/Freudenberg NOK, also a bus driver for the Newfound Area School District and Waterville Valley Ski Area.
A lifelong resident of Ashland, John served his town in the following capacities: as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, selectmen, Water Commissioner, served on the Ashland School Board, the Planning Board, Zoning Board, Budget Committee, a deputy chief and member of the Ashland Fire Department for 17 years, a Grafton county representative and past president of the New Hampshire Fire Fighters Association.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, woodworking, and baking. His family always came first.
John was predeceased by his parents, his sister Mary L. Hughes; and his brother, Kendall L. Hughes.
John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Elaine (Avery) Hughes of Ashland; six children, Kendall “KB” Hughes and wife Jennifer of Ashland, Sue Reckmeyer and husband Chris of New Port Richie, Florida, Marika “Rikki” Agnelli, of Newmarket, Kathy Cookson and husband Timothy of Morrisville, Vermont, Deb Perdue and husband Jacob of Ashland, Annie Cagle and husband Jeff of Port Allen, Louisiana; nine grandsons and five granddaughters; two brothers, Nathan Hughes and wife Dona of Tamworth, and Eric Hughes and wife Barbara of Louisville, Kentucky; and a sister-in-law, Antoinette Hughes of Ashland.
Calling Hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home 11 Hill Ave. in Ashland on Tuesday Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish-St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Donations may be made to Operation Santa Claus, PO Box 856, Ashland, NH 03217.