Anthony William Hughes

March 19, 1947 - April 20, 2021
Anthony William Hughes

In loving memory of Anthony (Tony) William Hughes, who was taken all too quickly from his family and friends on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at the age of 74.

Tony was born in London, England on March 19, 1947 to George and Vera Hughes. His early years were spent in central London, followed by the family moving to the suburbs. He married Wendy in 1975 and they began their life journey together. They lived in Brussels and Belgium, followed by Hong Kong SAR where their only son, Jonathan, was born. The next move took the family to the United States. The family made many moves as Tony’s career advanced. He closed out his career as President of Fortron Industries and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Americas with the Celanese Corporation. He was fortunate to retire at the age of 52 and enjoy the last 22 work-free years with Wendy in Wilmington and Leland, North Carolina. In his own words, “retirement was the best job he ever had”.

Tony’s smile and laugh could light up any room. His quick wit and dry sense of humor were some of his defining attributes. Throughout life, he enjoyed catching his family and friends in a “little prank”. Tony and Wendy were lucky to enjoy global travel throughout their life together. His focus in life were his wife and son, always striving to provide the best possible for them both. Golf was an important part of his career and his retirement. He thoroughly enjoyed his yearly golf outings with work companions. After retirement, Tony became a Master Gardener through the New Hanover County Arboretum. He applied this knowledge and his love of growing to his personal gardens. He was always willing to lend gardening knowledge or advice to a friend or stranger. Since retirement, he was highly involved with the communities where he and Wendy lived. Those that knew him will recall how much he enjoyed getting together for food, wine, and merriment. His swift and sudden passing will be felt by all who knew him.

Tony is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years Wendy, his son Jonathan, his brother Robert and wife Jacqueline, and their daughter Claire. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Vera.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at five o’clock in the evening at Wilmington Funeral Chapel with a short service to follow at seven o’clock.

Tony’s most important final wish was that no one wear dark or mournful colors to his Celebration of Life. So please, no black. Honor his request and celebrate him the way he wanted with bright and cheerful colors.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that any donations be made to either of the following organizations in Tony’s name:

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, in memory of Tony Hughes, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401

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Paw’s Place, in memory of Tony Hughes, P.O. Box 67 Winnabow, NC 28479
https://www.pawsplace.org/how-to-help/donate/

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.

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Friday, May 7, 2021
7:00 PM

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Friday, May 7, 2021
5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-9099

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  • April 27, 2021
    Bryan McIntyre says:
    Wendy and Jonathan, My condolences for your loss of Tony. Remembering his humor and wit brings a smile to my face. We are in Arizona or we’d attend his memorial service. Your Masonboro Harbour friend

  • April 27, 2021
    Sue & Tom Maggi says:
    We will always remember our friend, Tony, as adding life to every gathering with his truly infectious laugh. He will be sorely missed, but our memories of the good times will live on.... So grateful to have have known and loved him.

  • April 27, 2021
    Steve Stanton says:
    Tony was always enjoyable....sad to hear of his passing

  • April 29, 2021
    Martha Stepnowski says:
    Wendy and Jonathan, I am at a loss for words hearing of Tony's passing. Somehow it just seems we were all in spin class sweating away to music. I am sure such a time as this is a heavy burden and I wish you peace, time to remember, and time to heal and somehow restore your souls.

  • May 03, 2021
    Sharon Drennan says:
    I remember Tony because it always felt good to be in his company. His sun shone on everyone around him. He was a good friend to my parents and I'll be forever grateful for that. Very sad for your loss Wendy and Jonathan.