Craig Hughes, who did double duty as Dover fire chief and streets supervisor, died of illness on Thursday July 15. He was 64 years old.
Hughes, who began serving the Dover Fire Department in 1975 and the Roads Department in 1986, retired from both management positions in October. He was appointed fire chief in 2016, and streets supervisor in 2004.
In November, the Dover Selectmen board of directors thanked Hughes for his service – keeping the streets clear during the winter and running the on-call fire department all year round.
“Thank you for all you have done for the city,” said coach Robyn Hunter at the time. “Thanks, that doesn’t seem big enough…”
Hughes, a longtime resident of Dover, was born July 4, 1957 to the late John M. Hughes Jr. and Constance M. Hughes, according to his obituary on the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home website.
According to his obituary, “Craig was a devoted father and loving husband. When he was not at work, he spent his days with family and friends. One of his greatest joys was spending time at home. Cape Cod with his family. He loved the ocean and going for walks in Rock Harbor. “
In the fall tribute, Carol Lisbon, former board member and current recycling committee member, summed up his dedication to Dover: “He has the dedication to doing what’s right for this city.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carol (Dimuzio) Hughes; and children Laura Hughes of Medfield, James Hughes of Dover, Leslie Campbell and her husband Andrew of Millis; and siblings John (Jay) Hughes III of Dover, Scott Hughes and his wife Cheryl of Dover, Gail Reimann and her husband Kurt of Dover, Paul Hughes and his wife Meg of Duxbury.
Visiting hours at George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington Street (Rt.16) Wellesley, will be on Friday July 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by the funeral home on Saturday July 24 . at 9:00 a.m. Funeral mass at Most Precious Blood Church, Dover at 10:00 a.m. Parents and friends are cordially invited. Interment in Highland Cemetery, Dover. Donations can be made on behalf of Craig Hughes to Dover Firefighters’ Relief Association, PO Box 193, Dover, MA 02030.