George J “Pete” McHugh

(May 22, 1921 to Jan 15, 2013)

George J. “Pete” McHughrn Pete McHugh, most recently of Moorestown and a longtime resident of Delran passed away January 15, 2013.rn It has been noted that being male is a matter of birth while being a gentleman is a matter of choice, and Pete was nothing if not a gentleman. He seldom left the house looking anything less than dapper, and he never had a bad word about anyone. Thanks to his job as an Executive Account Manager with TWA he was able to take his family on trips around the world. But, he showed his true dedication by simply always being there for them. When blessed with grandchildren, any one of their sports games would not be complete without him in attendance. Devoutly religious, Pete would do anything for his church, St. Casimir’s in Riverside. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, a Lector for the 7AM Mass, a member of the bowling team, he worked bingo and the carnival and was an usher in his later years. But, truth be told, it was part of his social nature as well. It wasn’t uncommon to find him having a gathering with family at home, co-workers at TWA events or just some friends at the White Eagle. And, being a diehard Eagles and Phillies fan he was always up for catching a game.rn As a young man Pete met a secretary named Frances (nee Corrigan) who worked for the same company as he. It wasn’t long until their relationship developed into a 65 year marriage. Before her passing in 2009, their lives were blessed by their children: Peter (Louise) of VA, Shelly Licursi (Paul) of Cinnaminson and Claire McHugh (Chuck Sides) of Moorestown and again by their grandchildren: Amy Serlenga (Matt), Ella McHugh, Kevin Licursi, Ryan Licursi and Bridget Sides as well as by their great-grandchildren: Carly, Allie and Matthew Serlenga.rn Come celebrate Pete’s 91 wonderful years Friday from 6-8 PM and Saturday from 9-10 AM at the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial to follow 10:30 AM Saturday at Resurrection Parish (St. Casimir Site), Riverside. Interment Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to The Foundation for Ichthyosis “F.I.R.S.T.” 2616 North Broad St., Colmar, PA 18915.rn

5 thoughts on “George J “Pete” McHugh

  1. Donna Prehn

    Uncle Pete was always a favorite and fun uncle. My first memory of him is line dancing in his living room with me and his daughter Shelley and niece Theresa. He enjoyed it as much as we did…especially the cha-cha! He was also an enthusiastic participant in volleyball when the families got together. He has had a blessed life and can now rejoin Aunt Fran. RIP

  2. Sheila Reese

    As kids, my sister Barbara and I were always excited when Uncle Pete and Aunt Fran would come to our house to visit. We would cry – “Uncle Pete-sa Pie” when we heard him at the door. Most years during our childhood, Christmas night was spent visiting at their home.” I know my cousins and their children will miss him terribly. He will always be with them. He is with Aunt Fran now in Heaven.

  3. Betsy (Yoachum) Ehresmann

    That ‘Pete’ was always a gentleman is quite an understatement. Some of my best years at TWA were working with Pete and the others in the PHL Sales Office. Driving into Philly with him occasionally always resulted in a serious amount of chuckles.rnrnMay you rest in peace with Fran, my friend.rnBetsy

  4. Joe Kane

    Pete, Shelly and Claire,rnrnThe well written obituary was a perfect description of the gentleman I knew as “Mr. McHugh”. I would have known exactly who the article was about even without seeing his name at the top of the page!rnrnYour Mom and Dad were always good role models for how a young family should work together. For that reason, I always enjoyed my short visits at your home during my school years when “young” Pete and I were working on something or just “shooting baskets”.rnrnI’m sure they both were proud of how their “three” turned out and enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they came along. “Ninety-one wonderful years” says a lot!rnI?d be there Friday and Saturday if I could but that?s one big negative to living way down here in ?the sunny south?.rnrnJoe KanernSt. Casimir ’61rnHCHS ?65

  5. Mark Reed

    I send my heartfelt condolences to you, Peter, Shelly, and Claire, and your families. I would have liked to express my sympathy in person but I am not able to attend the services. I was going to send flowers but will happily make a donation to F.I.R.S.T, in your Dad’s name. The obituary of your Dad is wonderful. I have only very fond memories of your dad. As my Uncle Pete, I always enjoyed seeing him. What stands out in my mind about him as I write this are his smile, and his low key, pleasant and fun personality. I felt he always showed a genuine interest in me when we had our family gatherings. As a teen I enjoyed his participation in our pickup backyard games of touch football with my dad one one side and Uncle Pete on the other. He was all that was said of him in the obituary and more. He was a good man. His passing is sad but I like to think of the joy he experienced seeing Aunt Frances as he passed to the other side. I’m sure your Dad had quite a welcoming committee of departed loved ones and friends.

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