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Michael Edward Hughes

January 12, 1941 ~ October 31, 2019

Michael Edward Hughes, 78, passed away on October 31st in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and children near his side.


Born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Jan. 12, 1941 to Edward and Marie Hughes, Mike graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Kenosha and from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism in 1964. Mike married Elizabeth White, also from Kenosha, in 1965 and later they had two children, Michael and Anne.


Mike started his career as a journalist at the Kenosha News before moving into the field of public relations. In 1974 Mike accepted a position heading Selz Seabolt in New York City, and he moved his family to Greenwich, CT where they happily resided for the next 34 years.  He also held positions at AT&T and ITT, started his own public relations firm, and authored PLATFORM TENNIS, an instructional book about a popular New England winter sport. In 2005, he and his wife retired to Naples, Florida where they lived for nearly 15 years before relocating to Vero Beach last year to be closer to family.


Family always came first to Mike, and his love will be felt forever. He was a devoted husband, loving father and an amazing “Papa” to his three grandsons who meant the world to him. He was also blessed with wonderful friends from all aspects of life and he spent many years playing his favorite sport, golf, at Milbrook Club in Greenwich, CT and Wyndemere Country Club in Naples, FL.  He will be remembered as a consummate gentleman who was kind to all and who was loved by many—and for his fun loving spirit and witty sense of humor which will live on in our hearts forever.


Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Elizabeth (Beth) White Hughes, his best friend to whom he was married for 54 years; his son Michael William Hughes (wife Emma Lopez) of Orlando who greatly admired him; and his daughter Anne Hughes O’Connor (husband Matthew) and their three sons Matthew, Kyle and Dylan O’Connor of Vero Beach, Florida, who absolutely adored him. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Pfau Leipzig, as well as his parents, Edward and Marie Hughes, all of Kenosha, Wisconsin—as well as many nieces, nephews, and a brother and sister in law.


The family wishes to thank the wonderful support of Alzheimer’s/Parkinson Association of Indian River County and VNA Hospice House, both in Vero Beach, Florida.


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Debi Shaw

November 13, 2019, 11:35 pm

To all of the Hughes family–The Shaw family from Old Greenwich sends their deepest sympathy for the loss of Michael. May he rest in peace and may you all get comfort from your sorrow by your wonderful memories.

Robert G Cameron

November 14, 2019, 4:59 pm

Dear Beth and family. I and my family send our deepest sympathy. All memories of the past were wonderful. Take care of yourself and family. Sincerely. Bob.

Mary Ann Zimmerman

November 15, 2019, 7:03 pm

Dear Beth,

We were so very sorry to hear about Mike and send our deepest sympathies to you and your family in your great loss.

We only have wonderful memories of him and the times we spent together.

Take care, Dick & Mary Ann Zimmerman

Faith Pfeiffer

November 19, 2019, 5:01 pm

To Beth Hughes and family,
Our sympathy to you. I believe that you taught at Frank School in Kenosha in the late 60s. I taught special ed. during those years and I’ve wondered about you ever since you left town. So when I saw Mike’s obituary in the paper, I assumed you are the teacher from Frank. If this is not you, I’m so sorry to have bothered you. May God be with you and comfort you in your sorrow.
Faith Overdier Pfeiffer

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