James Richard Hughes

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Rochester:  Jim Hughes, died May 19th, 2014 at the age of 83.  Born in Terre Haute, Indiana on May 13, 1931, he graduated from Indiana State University and New York Theological Seminary.  He was the founding pastor of Christ Clarion Presbyterian Church in Pittsford, NY, served the First Presbyterian Churches of both Binghamton, NY and Albion, NY and directed the Chrysalis Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Florene Neal Hughes; sons Kristen (Ceilidh), Craig (Ila), Kent (Geraldine), Kirk (Peter), and daughter Kim (Michael) Taylor; sisters Barbara Burdett of Union, KY, and Mary Alice Hughes Benson of  Hollywood, FL; nieces, nephews and loving grandchildren.

Active in community, church and prayer, Jim brought great energy and warm spirit to many.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 23rd at 2:30 p.m. at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 Fitzhugh Street N., Rochester, NY 14614.  

Donations may be made to: Shalom Sacred Mountain Retreat Center, 664 Cattail Road, Livingston Manor, NY 12758 USA.

Rochester Cremation, 4044 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14623, 359-2300, RochesterCremation.com.

7 Condolences

  1. Jack Mould on May 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. ‘Got to know him at RPH.

  2. Marie Remington-Rossborough on May 22, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Wanting to send condolences for Jim’s passing. I knew him through his relationship with my parents. Meeting him maybe a dozen times in my life, I saw him to be unusually compassionate and always the teacher. He always brought the most interesting of topics to light, and shared his knowledge graciously. Wishing all of the support and love for his family as they meet this transition.

  3. Brock H Powell on May 23, 2014 at 1:48 am

    I met Jim many years ago when I lived on East St in Pittsford. We had an Adventure Guides group with fathers and young sons under the auspices of the YMCA. We had interesting and fun times together.

    My heartfelt sympathy extends to Florene and family. Jim’s passing will be missed by many.

  4. Gail Rothman-Marshall on May 23, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I was surprised and saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We had some interesting times at the hypnosis and NLP workshop so many years ago.

    Flo…I am so sorry I can not come to the memorial service; I will be at my last RIT/COLA graduation at the same time. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  5. Rev. Sandra J. Lemke, Ret. UCC pastor on May 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Philippians l:3 states it better than all my words:
    Jim, “I thank my God every time I remember you!”
    For your person, for your several forms of ministry,
    for your stewardship of your many gifts, for your compassion, love and kindness; I thank God for your
    life and witness!” May your wife and family find comfort in their many wonderful memories and in the reality that
    “love abides!” My prayers and blessings, Sandy Lemke

  6. Ted Gartland on May 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I learned a lot from Jim. He was truly a nice man. Of all the people I have ever met he was the most interesting! He was not afraid to be himself and that was the one thing I loved best. He was also compassionate and fun.

    All the best to Florine and the family.

    Romans 8 38-39

    “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

    No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Ted Gartland
    Mendon, NY

  7. Janet Laird on May 24, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Florene – I am sad that Jim is gone. I passed the information along to the Richardsons and the Hickles. We all so well remember you and Jim in “the group”. And I’m very glad to have caught up with you both at Shalom Mountain a couple years ago. I hold you in the light as you go on with your life without him, and trust that your children will be of much comfort. (I’m sorry I don’t have your new address so I could mail you my note.)

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