- September 15, 1922 - June 27, 2010
- Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
of Joseph's Passing
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Joseph M. Hughes of Berkeley Heights died at Garden Terrace Nursing Home, Chatham on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at the age of 87. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he later lived in Staten Island for 30 years before moving to Berkeley Heights 16 years ago. Joseph is survived by his wife Frances; daughters: Jacquelyn Lauria of Bedminster, Lorraine Zesk of Chatham, Barbara Duggan of Morristown; grandchildren: Christopher Lauria, Andrew Zesk & Katherine Duggan, and sisters: Mary Bandera & Rita Breslin of Sun City Center, FL. He was predeceased by his son Michael in 2002. Joseph enlisted in the Navy during WWII and was on a support ship when Hirohito of Japan signed the Surrender papers on the USS Missouri in 1945. He became the office manager of the family business, Colonial Art Decorators in New York City until he retired. A Knight of Columbus when in Brooklyn, he was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan and later a Mets Fan. It is also worth noting that as a young man, Joseph played first base for the Brooklyn Robins, which was a name used by the Brooklyn Dodgers for a few years. He loved the opera but he especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was affectionately known as Super Dad and Super Grandpa. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00am on Wednesday June 30, 2010 at St. Patrick Church, Washington St., Chatham. Friends may visit on Tuesday June 29 from 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. at Wm. A. Bradley & Son, 345 Main St., Chatham. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cheshire Home in , 9 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park, NJ 07932.