Richard “Dick” H. Hughes, 87, of New Hartford, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, with the loving support of his family.
A lifelong resident of this area, Dick was born on June 14, 1935, to the late Robert and Mathilda (Yost) Hughes and attended local schools. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956 in Bordeaux, France, where he met Amelie Tatas. They were betrothed in Bacalan, France, on August 6, 1955, and moved to the United States. Dick was first stationed in Plattsburgh, NY, then later moved back to his hometown of Utica. Following his military service, Dick was employed by the federal government at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY, where he devoted 31 years of service to his country in a civilian capacity. Dick retired in 1993. He was proud to have run the Utica Boilermaker Road Race after turning 50 in 1985 and joked that he finished without one hair out of place.
He is survived by his loving wife Amelie “Lily,” his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Linda (Rozyla) Hughes, his grandson and wife, Christopher and Ana Hughes of Lakeland, FL, and his great-grandsons, Matthew and Robert Hughes. Dick is also survived by his brother-in-law Costa (Collette) Tatas, sister-in-law Sophie (Jacques) Goueytes, sister-in-law Agapi Tatas and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dick was predeceased by his brother, Elmer Rook, and his wife, Mary, along with brother-in-law Pandelie Tatas.
A private Mass of Christian burial will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Anthony & St. Agnes Church, Utica. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
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