It is with profound sadness that the family of Alexander Hughes announces his passing. Alex was the youngest child of six children born to Harry “Happy” and Mary Hughes of Wycliffe. He grew up in Wycliffe, was schooled in Cranbrook and lived the last 54 years in Marysville. Alex worked for Cominco for 36 years until a mining accident ended his mining career. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling and camping in his RV. He volunteered with “Seniors Helping Seniors” and with the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank.
To keep busy he built hundreds of bird houses which he put up around “God’s Country.”
His other hobbies consisted of collecting special rocks – of which there were many, cross country skiing and times for socializing – with everyone! To the kids he was known as the “Pussy Willow Man” when he trimmed his trees and he was always willing to give a helping hand. Alex was always the happiest when he had a shovel or axe in his hand and a job to do!
Alex passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wife by his side on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife Carol, son Kerry of Marysville and daughter Leanne (Jordy Thibeault) of Cranbrook, (and 5 grandchildren and family) He was preceded by his son Darrin, his parents and all of his siblings.
There will be an informal gathering of family and friends at McPherson Funeral Home in Kimberley (1885 – Warren Avenue) on Tuesday June 2, 2015 from 1- 3 pm. Donations in Alex’s memory can be made to the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank Society, 340 – Leaden Hall Street, Kimberley, British Columbia, V1A 2R6 or The Kidney Foundation of Canada, #300, 5165 – Sherbrook Street West, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 1T6.