OBITUARY: Donald J.M. HUGHES

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Donald J.M. HUGHES

 


Donald John Michael Hughes, age 93, of Quebec City and more recently Stratford, Ont., died on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, after a brief illness. Married for 60 years, he leaves his beloved wife Pattice (nee Patricia Williams), and daughters Aphra, Chione (Paul Robinson) and Benedicta (Tom Diavolitsis). He was predeceased by his son Joachim (1978) and daughter Tertia (1998). He was the proud grandfather of Nicholas, Victoria, Hugh, Clemency, Isabel, Samuel, Jeremy, Oliver and Esme.
Donald was born in Montreal but eventually settled in Quebec City, then retired to Stratford. A passionate supporter of the arts all his life, he was present at the first season of the Stratford Festival in 1953 under the tent, and only missed two seasons over the next seven decades. He also loved opera, classical music and ballet. A gentle, loyal man with a keen appreciation of a good joke, a fine bottle of wine and a hike through beautiful countryside, Donald had a wide circle of friends and will be sorely missed.
A small private funeral will take place with immediate family only.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 5T7, 519-271-7411, wgyoungfuneralhome.com.