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Bob & Nancy Jewell

We miss our Osprey Village lunch times with John. Many wonderful memories of good laughs and good times. We love you John.....Rest in Peace.

Ken Hughes

So sorry to lose Uncle John, he will be greatly missed. Always enjoyed the visits, but wish there could have been more. He had some interesting and awesome stories to share.

Pat and Carmen Carella

There are far too many wonderful memories than can be mentioned here, but my Uncle John was an important part of my life from the day I was born. Starting out as an honorary uncle, he was eventually “promoted” to official Uncle and always made me feel loved. I thank God that he was in my life for so many years and rejoice that he has been reunited with so many who have loved him in the past. Carmen and I send our love to all of our precious cousins as you go through this bittersweet time. Huge hugs, Pat and Carmen

Elaine Hughes

We always enjoyed visiting with uncle John. Always upbeat and fun to be with. i will miss him.

John Earl Hughes


John Earl Hughes, 99, a resident of The Retreat at Osprey Village in Amelia Island, FL, passed away on September 25, 2021 due to complications from contracting COVID-19.

Born on November 26, 1921 in Camden, NJ to the late James Irwin Hughes, Sr. and Adeline Duffy Sawyer; he was the youngest of six siblings. He grew up in Collingswood NJ and graduated from Collingswood High School in 1940. After graduation he worked for the RCA Victor Company while playing semi-professional basketball in the Philadelphia Industrial League (later to become the NBA). In 1941 John joined American Telephone & Telegraph Company as a craftsman in the Long Lines Division in Philadelphia. He was transferred to Washington, D.C. where he worked in government communications for A.T.&T, using one of the very first mobile telephones developed by the company. After a 40-year career, during which he participated in many of our country’s Telecommunications industry’s technology changes and transformations, he retired in 1981 as Staff Manager and Head Information Consultant residing in Orlando, FL. While living in Orlando, he was elected as councilman and eventually Vice-Mayor of the City of Belle isle, Florida.

He married and widowed twice, to the late Madeline Ann McDermott of Collingswood NJ (1943 – 1964) and to the late Lucy Kurtz Price of Barrington, NJ (1966 - 2002) and raised 5 children who survive him: John E Hughes (Christine Sullivan) Jr, Kathleen Hughes (Randall) Allen, Judy Price (Richard) Koch, Elizabeth Price (James) Layman and John M (Joyce) Price. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He lived a long and exemplary life; one that set standards for the rest of us. A loving husband, father, friend and companion. We miss him already and rejoice in that he is at peace knowing that he was welcomed in with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

John was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach since his move from Orlando in 2011.

The Hughes family would like to extend their gratitude to the entire staff at Osprey Village for their exceptional and dedicated care of John while he was a resident for a wonderful 11 years.

Arrangements are being handled by Oxley-Heard Funeral Home in Fernandina Beach, FL. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, date and time be announced.
He will be laid to rest in New St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Bellmawr, NJ, at a future date.

Donations in John’s memory may be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 202 North 4th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034


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