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Barrie J. Hughes

July 14, 2019

Barrie J, HughesBarrie J. (BJ) Hughes, 82, of Watertown, NY passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Clemeth (May) Hughes; sons Randy J. (Carol), Watertown and Richard B. (Marnie) Croghan, NY; granddaughters Casey and Carley Hughes, Natalie Hughes, and step grandson Cameron Boliver; and a niece and seven nephews in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Marion Hughes, Calgary, Alberta; daughter Lyndall P. Hughes, who died in 1982; brothers Bert and Leonard Hughes; and sister Doreen McBride.

BJ was born in Calgary on July 15, 1936. He was raised there and became a newspaper carrier which led to a 35-year career in newspaper circulation at papers in Canada and the United States. In 1988 he was the recipient of the J. Truman Kahler Distinguished Service Award under the auspices of the New York State Circulation Management Association Inc. In 1983 he was president of that organization.

BJ, as he preferred to be called, was instrumental in organizing the first restoration campaign for the world's oldest known newsboy statue in Great Barrington, MA, was family historian for his maternal Doherty family, and since 1975 had been involved in organizing several family reunions around the western parts of Canada and the United States. As a piano player, since 1996 BJ entertained seniors, whom he liked to refer to as "recycled teenagers" in over 200 nursing, long term and extended care, retirement and assisted living facilities in Eastern Ontario, Upstate New York, and in Central Florida.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown, NY on Thursday, July 18, from 5 - 7 PM. The funeral service will be at Emmanuel Congregational Church on Friday, July 19, at 11 AM with Rev. Jane Wagner presiding.

No flowers please: memorial donations may be made in his name to The Great Barrington Historical Society, PO Box 1106, Great Barrington, MA 01230 with the stipulation that the donation be put into the Newsboy Restoration Fund or a charity of one's choice. Online condolences to BJ's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#18 Ronald Fitzgerald 2019-07-23 12:12
Clem and boys

Please accept our condolences for the loss of BJ
.....you will miss that jolly fellow, and we will too !!!.

Our warm memories help to share the grief ie
Clem at Glebe CI circa the 50s and BJ at the Ottawa
circa 60s.

Please take care


Virginia and Ron
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#17 Kirsten OBrien 2019-07-19 15:16
It was with a sorry heart that I read of BJ's passing. We connected many years ago when he was playing piano for his Aunt Ruby - her in Ottawa. His love of life and people shone thru everything he did. His love of his life 'Clem' - whom he spoke about every time we met - please know how sorry he is no longer with us.
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#16 Luke Kellerhals 2019-07-19 09:34
Barrie Hughes was a huge influence in my life. He helped me become Paperboy of the Year in 1976. We drove around the north country and even Canada with Dominic Libertore. Times that I cherish and will never forget. He somehow got me in an IBM commercial that aired nationwide and my name was in the paper every night. All thanks to Barrie. He had a real passion for life.
My sincerest condolences to your entire family. You lost a fantastic man who helped many, many people.
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#15 Alan &Gillian Hughes 2019-07-18 16:14
Aunt Clem and family
We are saddened with the passing of our Uncle BJ
He will be forever remembered by us and our family.
And we are blessed for the special memories of him.
Alan & Gill Hughes and family.
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#14 Don & Donna Dingman 2019-07-18 09:54
We were so sorry to read of Barrie's passing. We sure enjoyed our time with both of you at the Crystal that time we ate together. We are praying for you and your family. Our love & prayers, Don & Donna Dingman
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#13 Mary Garlock-Wiberg 2019-07-17 21:28
So many emotions. So much to say. Mr. H was a life long friend who was so kind to me and my family. Always organized and on point. We enjoyed his news letters and his effort to keep in touch. He even wrote to me when I was in college. He saved me one summer from being a waitress @ Kmart, by giving me a few weeks of employment at “The Times”. He is already missed. So glad we had that last visit with him on July 4th. Our sincere condolences to Clem, Randy, Rich and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#12 Noel Guerrero 2019-07-17 14:33
Rich I and my wife would like to pass our condolences on the loss of your loved one. Our deepest prayers are with all of you at this time.
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#11 Bill Clapham 2019-07-17 12:59
Barrie was a wonderful friend at Rideau Park Junior
High. I remember in grade eight, we did a joint report
in Music class about Beethoven. I played the piano but Barrie didn't!
Thought about Barrie yesterday as we walked by his old
house in Erlton on the way to the Calgary Stampede.
Sincere condolences.
Barrie was a good man.
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#10 Barbara Olsen 2019-07-16 18:50
Our condolences to you Clem and your family. Dale and I enjoyed visiting with BJ at Doherty family reunions and collaborating with him for the planning of the 2018 reunion near Bowden. His attention to detail and history keeping for the family has always been greatly appreciated. BJ and myself always shared a little something more - my birthday being July 14 and his July 15. Often the reunions were at that time so we could celebrate together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
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#9 Dennis Mountney 2019-07-16 15:08
Clem and family, so sorry for your loss as you know BJ and I go back a long way together starting at the Ottawa Journal. He will always be remembered by me as we had so many great times together both at work and afterwards. Also, I wouldn’t now be a proud US citizen if it was for him..My deepest condolences to all of you.
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