- English Martyrs RC Church School lane Litherland Liverpool L21 7LX
- 17th May 2018
- Funeral Director
- Barringtons Independent Funeral Services - Waterloo
- Thornton CrematoriumLydiate LaneThorntonL23 1TP
- 17th May 2018
In loving memory of Brian Richard Hughes who sadly passed away on 2nd May 2018 age 78 years at Fazakerley Hospital in Liverpool.
Born 28/01/1940 in Crosby to Parents Sidney Hughes and Mildred Hughes.
Beloved Father/Father-in-law to Anthony and Linda, Sharron and Michael, Angela, Ann-Marie and Andy.
Brother/Brother-in-law to Tony and Carole, Syd and Carole, Ken and Pat.
Grandfather to Paul, Martyn, Catherine, Kirsty, Colin, Christopher, and Hannah, and Great Grandfather to 15.
Special friend to Christine, Peter and Rose.
Uncle to Paul, Michelle, Keiran Steven, Sammy and Mark.
He met his first wife Ann whilst working in Williams Toffee Works, and after a short courtship married in November 1962, during their 13 year marriage had Anthony, Sharron, Angela, and Ann-Marie. They remained friends following their divorce, and we're still involved in each other's lives until Ann sadly passed away in 1997.
He met his second wife Nancy, through his involvement with the National Council for the divorced and separated, which was an organisation formed for single or divorced people and families to meet, and they married in 1982.
Brian Attended St George of England School, Bootle.
After leaving School Brian's first job was as an apprentice Jockey for Captain Hastings Bass Stables in Kingsclere, he left prematurely due to the death of his 'Grandma Dawkins' who he adored.
He then had a few manual jobs over the years, he was active within the Unions which he was very passionate about, and was the Shop Steward in Mojo Cash and Carry in the 1970's.
He then Trained to be a Master Barber under Tony Slavin, and held positions in various Barber shops over the years, his final place being Brian's Barber shop in Walton Vale.
His final employement prior to retiring was as a taxi driver for Jubilee.
He was an avid sports fan, but in particular loved football, and was in his younger years a player, and then player/manager for numerous local football teams. He had mixed success over the years, and his crowning moment was winning Manager of the year in 1995 in the Liverpool CMS League. When he had finished with Managing football teams, he became a referee, and continued doing this for several years, as it meant he was still involved in the game he loved. At the age of 44 he decided to take up full contact Karate, and in his first tournament he made in through to the final, despite breaking his big toe in the semi final, he carried on, but was unfortunately beaten by a much younger competitor. He was always very passionate about tennis, never missing Wimbledon and the other major tournaments, and he ensured that he taught all 4 of his children to play.
He had a very dry sense of humour, and was very charming, although he was not a very forgiving person if you crossed him or someone he cared for. He would alway fight for the under dog and had an innate sense of right and wrong, something he instilled in his children.
He took great pride in his appearance, and did not need a special occasion to look his best, in fact, he always looked his best, and his clothing and accessories always had to be just so.
He was a lover of music of different types, but his love of rock and roll started in the 1950's when he was a 'Teddy Boy', and was as strong over the years as when it began. He enjoyed going to The Lathom every Thursday to meet with friends and listen to live bands and dance the night away with 'The Golden Girls' and 'The Lathom Ladies' as he fondly called his female friends at the club. He was actively involved with The Mersey Rats based at the Lathom, selling raffle tickets, acting as Master of Ceramonies, introducing the various bands, and helping set up equipment etc. He also did this on numerous occasions when the band would travel around playing various gigs.
He was a devoted Father to his 4 children, and believed that family was the most important thing in the world. His Daughter Angela sadly passed away in 2001 at the age of 34, he was devastated, and never really got over her loss. He was proud of all his children, and was actively involved with his Grandchildren when they and him were younger, and he is going to be missed so much by all of them.
A service willl be held on Thursday 17th May 2018 at English Martyrs Catholic Church in Litherland at. 11.45am, with cremation following at Thornton Crematorium at 12.40 pm. There will be a celebration of Brian's life at The Lathom from 1.00 pm onwards.
Family flowers only, donations can be made to the Bloodwise charity (formerly Lukemia Research) in accordance with Brian's wishes in memory of his Daughter Angela.
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