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MILLINOCKET - THOMAS J. HUGHES, JR. - Tommy, "Junior", Poppy left our world peacefully December 4, 2014, in Bangor. Born June 9, 1926, to Thomas J. and Myrtie (Whirty) Hughes, Tom enjoyed 88 years making lives better for all who knew and loved him. He graduated from Stearns High School in 1943, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, married "Skip" (Ann C. ) Budreau in 1945. Following his return from WW II, he and Skip lived on Millinocket Lake and he delivered for Bragdon Oil. He then formed Whirty and Hughes Construction with his cousin, Frank Whirty; and opened Hughes Service Station in 1961. During his 30 years running the service station, Tommy not only provided automotive services and gasoline to his customers, he also mentored many young men giving them their first job and educating them on the ways of commerce. Upon retiring, he and Skip drove for K&M Motors, and made and sold wooden handcrafts. For the past several years, he applied his carpentry and woodworking skills to helping his youngest daughter, Holly, and her husband, Peter (his loving son-in-law), remodel their home.

In addition to Holly and Peter, Tom is survived by daughters, Diane, and Ann and her partner, Steve; his cat, Kookie: grandchildren, Jessica and James; great-grandson, Randall; numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Skip; his sister, Irene; his brother, Roland; his parents; sister-in-law, Dot (Sis) and brother-in-law, Danny. His family plans a memorial celebration and internment in the Spring. They also thank Danielle and all the staff at EMMC's ICU and the Palliative Care Department for their compassionate and expert care over the past two weeks.

Donations in Tommy's memory may be made to the Katahdin Area Support Group or the animal rescue service of your choice.
Published on  December 5, 2014
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