James Hughes

James J. Hughes

Wednesday, June 7th, 1950 - Tuesday, September 17th, 2019
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James J. Hughes, 69, of Brielle passed suddenly from this life Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at his home.
James was born in Jersey City and had resided in New York, NY, Long Branch and Wall Township before moving to Brielle.
James attended Marist High School, where he served as captain of the football team and continued playing at his alma mater, Brown University. He went on to receive his MBA from New York University (NYU), spending his professional life working on Wall Street, before his transition to the FDIC, where he worked for many years.
In retirement, he has served as a civil mediator at the Monmouth and Ocean County Courthouses, a position which brought him great pride and satisfaction, wanting the people he worked with to understand and be comfortable with the mediation process.
He was predeceased by his parents James and Margaret (nee Lynch) Hughes.
Surviving to mourn his loss is his loving wife of 13 years Dr. Angela Miller, his 2 adored sons Michael J. Hughes of Brick and James P. Hughes of Colchester, VT, his stepdaughter Tanya Murphy of Brick, his 2 beloved sisters Maryann Johnson, and Sharon Codd and husband Brian, all of Holmdel, his parents-in-law Mary and David Murphy, ¬a large and dedicated group of lifelong friends, many from his childhood, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephew.
James is remembered as a truly kind, loving, generous and moral man, who has been an inspiration to those he leaves behind.
Visitation on Friday from 2-4pm & 7-9pm followed by a Funeral Service on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11:30am at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall. Private cremation will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Literacy Volunteers of America, 213 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740. Envelopes to be provided at the funeral home on Friday.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 11:30am
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Private Cremation
    4201 Rt. 33
    Tinton Falls, NJ
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dennis wagner

Posted at 11:47pm
I am heartsick about jimmy passing. I was in his sister's maryann's class in st.pauls. I use to play ball with him and his cousin john danning on Greenville ave. I lived on linden ave and moved to Lyndhurst in 1963. even after 53 years when I saw jimmy's photo I knew it was him! it sounds like he had a good life and may he rest in peace! my condolences to maryann,sharon and all the hughes family! dennis wagner

Dennis Lapinski

Posted at 12:09pm
I am saddened to hear of Jimmy's passing.
Our paths first crossed in 1963 as teammates on the Hudson County South All Star football team and then as Marist High Scholl Class of 1968 classmates and football and track/field events teammates.
I was fortunate to continue our friendship when we spent summers together with other classmates down the Jersey shore.
As fate will have it, our personal lives brought us down separate paths until we met again nine years ago at a "Look Who's Turning 60" gathering with many of the same shore buddies.
Jimmy will always be remembered as being kind, supportive, inspiring and an all around great guy to be friends with. May he rest in peace.
Dennis Lapinski

Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 10:45am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Glenn Langan

Posted at 09:17am
I hardly ever comment via online postings, but if ever there was someone who would make you want to do so, it would be Jimmy. He was simply just an amazing, loving person. I can't find the right words to express what a great person he was, but just want to let it out how special he was. While reading Kellie's comments in this same stream I found myself nodding along with all she wrote. Jimmy was several years ahead of me at Marist High School. He was clearly The Man – valedictorian and captain of the football team – all without any hint of superiority or pretentiousness. Brown University naturally wanted him and so he went – it just seemed like that's how it should be. He loved to tell stories about the idiosyncrasies of his football coach at Marist, Lou Rettino (who later became quite successful coaching at Union NJ). He was an amazing athlete, yet stunk at bowling for some reason., and he would be the one making the most fun of himself for his rare deficiency (just remembered, he wasn't so good at hoola-hooping either). Jimmy knew how to have a good time, perhaps due to years of practice growing up in Hudson County. Maybe the fact that his dad owned a bar in Jersey City also schooled him in the importance of social skills and getting along with all kinds of people. It was a pleasure to see him have a good time and it seemed like a natural state for him. Jimmy was quite handy too (I think his dad had a construction company at some point, as well). I remember seeing him raising a shore house, yes an entire shore house, with some construction jacks, to keep it from getting flooded. Nothing seemed beyond his reach. But being a generous, soulful man, his greatest gift to us is the love he shared. I could feel it even being a few years behind him and not in his immediate circle. His marriage to Angela seemed like it was arranged in heaven. His role as a father was a natural for him. I can't think of the love he had for his boys without getting choked up. Boys, don't worry, he'll continue to look after you – his spirit will be with you always. We're all better off having known Jimmy. God apparently wanted him home, although right now I can't think of any reason why He would take someone who had so much more to give and enjoy. Beyond my pay grade to figure that one out but, man, what a tough loss. I'm convinced Jimmy is in a really good place right now, so we should be happy for him, . . .and we will be, but it might take some time. Love you, Jimmy.

Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 05:25pm
With heartfelt condolences. With all our love, Ana, Diana, Lalo, Rudy and Rosita
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