Robert “Bob” Hughes, WWII veteran, longtime printer

3-15_OBIThughesRobert “Bob” Hughes, 89, of Fair Haven, passed away on March 8, 2014 with his family by his side in Syracuse, NY.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife and best friend of 65 years, Betsy Hughes; his children, Robin (John) Thomas of Seattle, WA, Debbie (Ralph) Stamp of Cleveland, NY,  Jody (Marty) Satalin of Syracuse, NY,  Scott (Maureen) Hughes of Clinton, NY; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Bob grew up on the South Side of Syracuse and led a colorful childhood, and often recounted stories of selling newspapers on the street corner he bought and setting up pins at the local bowling alley.

His family later moved to Fulton, NY, where he attended Fulton High School and was a multi-sport athlete until 1942 when he enlisted and served as a Navy Pharmacist’s Mate in the Asiatic Pacific.

Upon returning as a WWII veteran, he completed his high school degree and soon met his wife, Betsy Miller of Baldwinsville, NY.

Bob was a devoted husband and loving father while raising four children with Betsy in Lysander, NY and spending summers in their beloved Fair Haven.

Bob led a successful career in the printing industry, starting at Sealright Co. and ultimately retiring as vice president of sales from Sonoco Flexible Packaging (formerly Morrill Press) in 1996.

He and Betsy moved to Fair Haven year-round, enjoying its beauty and volunteering in various village activities, including being a founding member of the Save our Fourth Association (S.O.F.A.).

Well-known and loved by all for his charming wit and humorous jokes, Bob will be missed by family and countless friends.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the convenience of the family at a future date. Arrangements are being handled by Traub Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to S.O.F.A., P. O. Box 13, Fair Haven, NY 13064.

Please visit www.traub.com for On-Line Guest Book.

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