Eugene J. McHugh, age 81, of Milford, Ct. passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Bridgeport Hospital.

Born on May 10, 1933, in Peckville, Pa., “Gene” was the son of the late Anthony and Evelyn Gaughan- McHugh.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Florence Verrrilli McHugh, devoted daughters Jeanne McHugh-Broughton of West Haven, Eileen (David) McHugh-Silva, of Brooklyn, NY and Barbara( Michael) Ceneri of Orange. He is additionally survived by a loving sister, Margaret McHugh, of Milford. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Katherine and Emma Silva of Brooklyn, NY and Nicholas Ceneri of Orange, Ct. He leaves behind many special cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his three brothers: Joseph, Donald and John McHugh as well as his son in law Bruce Broughton.

Gene was employed by Textron/Lycoming for 35 years in the engineering/metrology department. He was a graduate of Olyphant High School and Lackawanna Business School in Scranton, Pa.

He enjoyed life to the fullest and was very active in many groups throughout his life, including the Milford Senior Center, where he enjoyed playing pool, singing in the choir and socializing. He was an active parishioner at Christ the Redeemer Church and served as an usher there for many years.

He will always be remembered for being a compassionate gentleman and caring friend to all who knew him. Above all, Gene was a devoted brother, husband, father and grandfather, putting his family at the core of everything he did in life. He will be dearly missed by all who were privileged to know and to love him.

Calling hours are Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 4-8 at the Smith and Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St. Milford, CT. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 am in Christ the Redeemer Church, Rutland Rd., Milford, CT. Interment will be private.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Bunnell High School, C/O BHS, McHugh Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1 Bulldog Blvd., Stratford, CT 06614.

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