Joseph J. McHugh

February 1, 2024

Joseph McHugh Obituary

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Joseph J. McHugh, a pillar of his community and a man of unwavering faith, passed away peacefully at his home in Milton on February 1, 2024. Born in Boston, MA, and having spent his formative years in Glenties, Donegal, Ireland, Joseph's life was a testament to the values of hard work, dedication, and the importance of family.

Joseph was the beloved husband of the late Agnes (McMullin) and Mary K. (Faulkner), a cherished father, and a guiding light to his children, Mary McHugh-Mullane and her husband Matthew of Plymouth, Kay Grant and her husband Patrick of Weymouth, Fr. Joseph F. McHugh S.J. of Berkeley, CA, Brendan McHugh of Peabody, John McHugh and his wife Elise of Quincy, Peggy McCarthy and her husband Neil of Braintree and the late Thomas J. McHugh. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Lou Harrington, also survived by 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. His legacy continues through his loving family and the lives he touched.

Joseph's journey in education took him across the Atlantic to St. Eunan College in Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland, where he graduated before answering the call to serve his country. His service in the United States Army during World War II was a period of his life that shaped his character and instilled in him a sense of duty that he carried throughout his years. Upon his discharge, Joseph furthered his education at Northeastern University, earning a BS in Civil Engineering, a field in which he would make significant contributions.

His career as a Civil Engineer with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works was marked by diligence and a commitment to improving the infrastructure that serves as the backbone of the community. Joseph's work ethic and expertise were recognized by all who worked alongside him, and his contributions will be felt for generations to come.

A proud member of the Donegal Association in Boston, Joseph never forgot his roots and took great joy in celebrating his heritage. His faith was the cornerstone of his life, and as a devout parishioner of St. Agatha Church in Milton. He was a talented singer and lifted his voice in song as a longtime member of the choir, inspiring others with his devotion.

Joseph's life was a reflection of the words that best describe him: faith-filled, selfless, and loving. His unwavering commitment to his faith guided him in every aspect of his life, leading by example and showing his family the importance of compassion and service to others. His selflessness was evident in the way he put the needs of his family and community before his own, always ready to lend a helping hand or offer words of encouragement. Joseph's loving nature was the fabric that held his family together, and his warmth and kindness will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The family expresses their gratitude for the many caregiver’s who took care of him of the years. 

Family was paramount in Joseph's life, and he instilled in his children and grandchildren the values of love, perseverance, and faith. His legacy is one of enduring love and the resilience of the human spirit. Joseph's life was a journey of triumphs and challenges, each met with grace and a steadfast belief in the power of family and faith.

As we bid farewell to Joseph J. McHugh, we celebrate a life well-lived, a journey marked by the love he shared and the lives he enriched. His memory will be cherished and kept alive in the hearts of his family, friends, and all who were touched by his generous spirit. Rest in peace, Joseph, a true gentleman, whose life's work and love will echo through the ages. Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Milton Thursday February 8th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Friday morning February 9th  at 10:30. Burial Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Agatha Church 432 Adams St. Milton, MA 02186 or Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries 101 Harrison Ave Boston, MA 02119. 

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