Hugh Mouillaud Saint
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Hugh Mouillaud Saint
  • July 11, 1934 - January 29, 2018
  • Cape Coral, Florida

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Colonel Hugh Mouillaud Saint, USAF (Ret.) passed away in his home on January 29, 2018. He was 83 years old at the time of his passing.
Col. Saint was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and attributed his longevity to a lifetime of eating good Cajun food -- especially his wife's excellent gumbo! His lifelong dream was to fly airplanes and he received his pilot's license at the age of 16. Another of his passions was building boats in Lafitte, LA which he began doing at the age of 17 in order to work his way through college at Georgia Tech.
After graduating with an aeronautical engineering degree from there, he also earned his Master of Science degree from George Washington University, was a student at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, a student of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and was on staff at the Air Force's Command and Staff College in Montgomery, AL.
During the Colonel's illustrious 24 year career as a pilot in the Air Force, he flew over 5000 hours in high performance aircraft, exceeding Mach 2 back in 1964. Flying 141 combat missions in Vietnam, he earned many awards and decorations: two Distinguished Flying Crosses, eight Air Medals, the Vietnam Gallant Cross, two Meritorious Service Medals and the Vietnam Service Medal.
In 1980, Hugh retired from the Air Force and moved to Cape Coral where he started a new career building custom mahogany boats (Saint Custom Boats) where he earned a world-renowned reputation for beauty and craftsmanship in his product. The Rumrunner boat, built for the restaurant of the same name, was a local claim to fame.
Col. Saint is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Shirley (nee Kenny); his six children, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was loved and admired by many people and will be missed by all!
A Celebration of Life with Full Military Honors with burial at Sarasota National Cemetery will be held at a later date. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for his family.