02 January 2012

Ancestral Profile # 2: Dennis Joseph McHugh

Ancestor Name:                  Dennis Joseph McHugh       AKA's:Mac, Denny, Dennis the Menace
Relationship to Me:           Father
Date of Birth:                      17 Jan 1937                      Place:  Nanticoke, Luzerne County, PA
Parents:                               Joseph Dennis McHugh
                                            Mary Hodick

Date of Marriage:                 6 Jun 1959                       Spouse:  Regina "Jean" Ann O'Rourke
Number of Children:                  3                                 Date Widowed: 13  Nov 1988    
Number of Grandchildren:        3
Number of Great-Grandchildren: 4; 1 in Heaven, a fifth due in February 2012

Date of Marriage:   Mar 1992                                      Spouse: Frances Smith
Number of Step-Children: 2                                          Date Widowed: 21 Jul 2007  
Number of Step-Grandchildren:5

Date of Death:                    15 Feb 2010      Place: Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Buried:                                27 Feb 2010       Place:  Queen of Heaven, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona

Trott Vocational School, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, NY

Carborundum  (Niagara Falls, Niagara County, NY)
Countryside Disposal    (Niagara Falls, Niagara County, NY)
Schlitz (Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ)
Brown Tire (Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ)

Special Interests:
Bowling into young adulthood.
Volunteer Firefighter for Lewiston #2 Fire Co., Niagara Falls, Niagara County, NY
CB Radio User (hence the "nickname"/"handle" Dennis the Menace" listed above)

Notable Notes:
  •  Dennis survived childhood polio
  • Dennis spent many years as a volunteer firefighter and served as captain in 1969.
  • Dennis also spent many years coaching his children's football teams for the  Niagara Wheatfield Athletic Association (NWAA).
  • Dennis was once a member of a CB Radio Club known as "the Buzzards".  One of his CB contacts was partially responsible for our family settling in Tempe, Az after moving from Niagara Falls in 1977.
  • Dennis and a buddy in Tempe once started their own solar water heating company -- called Valley Solar -- long before the Green movement began.
  • Contrary to his obituary, Dennis died 15 Feb 2010 in Tucson, Az  His last days (as well as his wives') were a testament to the blessings that Hospice can bring to a family in crisis.

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