Robert J. “Bob” Hughes

Date of Passing:

August 19, 2020

Hughes, Robert J., “Bob,” 88, of Delway Road, East Providence, died unexpectedly on August 19, 2020 at Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence. He was the husband of the late Eileen M. (McLaughlin) Hughes.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Frank and Mary (Farrell) Hughes, he lived in East Providence for 65 years.

Mr. Hughes was a compositor at the Providence Journal Co. for 38 years before retiring in 1995.

Robert was a founding member and communicant of St. Martha’s Church. He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy Class of 1949.

Mr. Hughes was a member of the East Providence Knights of Columbus Council #1528 and the Silver Spring Golf Course. He was a former coach for the East Providence Little League and the East Providence Youth Hockey Association. He was a devoted New York Yankees fan.

Robert was a United States Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary-Katherine Johnston and her husband Michael of East Providence, two sons, Michael E. Hughes of Wickford and Timothy F. Hughes and his wife Sophia of Kingston, MA and beloved twin grandchildren, Reilly Michael Johnston and Erin Eileen Johnston, both of East Providence. He was the brother of the late Frank Hughes.

His funeral will be held on Monday August 24, 2020 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday 3-6 p.m. Due to state restrictions only 15 visitors at a time will be allowed in the funeral home during calling hours. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Bob’s memory to St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI, 02914-3224 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Mike, Mary and Tim.

    Sorry for the loss of your dad. Wanted you to know he always treated me
    with the utmost respect when I was young and playing sports in the area.
    A truly good guy who will be missed.

    Ed Poirier Jr.

  2. Mike, Mary and Tim
    Many many memories between our families
    Very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing
    We were all lucky to have each other’s friendship growing up and such caring parents
    Sincere condolences

  3. Margaret and I are saddened by your loss. Margaret remembers Bob fondly from her days at the Providence Journal, we both will miss Bob’s sense of humor. Mike, Mary and Tim our prayers are with you.

  4. I am deeply saddened for the loss of your dad Mary. My deepest condolences to you and
    your family. May the love and power of God surround and protect you and your family. God bless you all.

  5. Mary Kate, Mike and Timmy, Linda and I are so saddened by the passing of your father. I will always remember him (and your mother) as “the nice neighbors next door”. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Bob was one of a kind and great guy. I am sorry that I have not seen him for a long time but my time with him was so valued. He was funny and wise. We talked politics and history. I learned a lot from him and valued every minute spent with him. Although I miss him, I know he was ready to move on. To Mike, Mary K, Tim and the rest of the family, Donna and I wish you all the best as you celebrate his life. We loved him, your Mom and love you all. I know you are very proud of him as he was of you all. Bless you all.
    Bill and Donna Tente

    PS: As I told Mike, I never could figure out the Yankee’s thing???

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