Ge­orge L. Hughes of Phoenixville

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Ge­orge L. Hughes, age 77, passed away on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2016 at Paoli Hospi­tal. Born on May 4, 1939 in Phoenixville, he was a son of the late Alice (Ren­nard) and the late Lester Hughes. He is sur­vived by his wife of 57 years, Louise (Showal­ter) Hughes and chil­dren Karen H., wife of Ken­neth Dob­son, of Pottstown, Ken­neth R. Hughes, of Phoenixville, and Richard L., hus­band of Na­dine Hughes, of Phoenixville. Also sur­viv­ing are two grand­chil­dren, Jes­sica Hughes and Gre­gory Hughes. He is also sur­vived by a brother, Don­ald, hus­band of Ruthann Hughes, of Phoenixville.

Ge­orge was a 1957 grad­u­ate of Phoenixville High School and re­ceived an as­so­ciate de­gree in elec­tron­ics from Tem­ple Univer­sity. He was em­ployed by Ch­ester County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices for 35 years. He be­gan as a dis­patcher in the fire/po­lice emer­gency ra­dio room and went on to be­come Deputy Direc­tor of the Tech­ni­cal Sup­port group, su­per­vis­ing the op­er­a­tion of the County’s 911 sys­tem. He was rec­og­nized in 2003 as the Tech­ni­cian of the Year by the Penn­syl­va­nia Chap­ter of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Safety Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cials In­ter­na­tional. He en­joyed man­ag­ing the tech­ni­cal as­pects of the County’s use of nu­mer­ous cell tower sites. He re­tired from the County in 2006 and went on to be a Man­ag­ing Con­sul­tant for Hori­zon Re­sources in Ex­ton un­til 2012.

The fire ser­vice was a big part of Ge­orge’s life. He be­came a mem­ber of the Kim­ber­ton Fire Com­pany in 1955. Through the years he held po­si­tions of fire­fighter, driver, Fire Cap­tain, As­sis­tant Fire Chief, and Deputy Fire Chief. He was also Sec­re­tary, Trus­tee and Vi­cePres­i­dent. He in­sti­tuted the Learn Not To Burn pro­gram in the an­nual Open House event.

He was ac­tive on the com­mit­tee for the an­nual Kim­ber­ton Com­mu­nity Fair. He ran the Fair’s Raf­fle Stand for sev­eral years and worked with East Pike­land Town­ship’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment Co­or­di­na­tor for the fair­grounds. He was the go-to per­son for the elec­tri­cal needs of the fair. Be­fore his death he was co­or­di­nat­ing a project to re­place the elec­tri­cal build­ings on the fair­grounds. There­fore, in lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made in his mem­ory to “Kim­ber­ton Com­mu­nity Fair, Inc.”, PO Box 272, Kim­ber­ton, PA 19442.

A Vis­i­ta­tion will be held at 11:00 am at Kim­ber­ton Fire Com­pany’s Cov­ered Bridge Room on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 29. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be­gin at 11:30 am.

Ar­range­ments are be­ing han­dled by the Campbell En­nis - Klotzbach Funeral Home, Inc., Phoenixville. Con­do­lences may be of­fered on­line at www.PhoenixvilleFuner­alHome.com.

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