John C. Hughes, was born in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, on December 17, 1938 and was the only child of Rose Chandler Hughes and John C. Hughes, Sr., passed away peacefully on Thursday May 13, 2021. He was a proud graduate of Coughlin High School in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania, and Penn State University, where he studied electrical engineering. He settled in Endicott, New York and worked for IBM for 37 years. Always a helpful neighbor, his retirement allowed him to accept challenges and projects with his church, neighbors, and friends which were a source of joy in his life.
As proof that you can find love through blind dates, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years Barbara Tomchick Hughes. They have been each other's rock through many difficult days, and she has cared for him with dedication. Their favorite dates were drinking wine, eating pizza and watching the Pittsburgh Penguins play hockey.
He is also survived by his three children Stephanie (Kevin), Elizabeth (Kerry) and Christopher (Jill) who were a source of pride for him. His wisdom, dry humor, and need to both take things apart and fix them were inherited and fostered in his children. The "Ask Dad" hotline will be greatly missed when home projects go awry.
Without question his greatest accomplishment was as a role model and teacher to his four grandchildren, Sarah, Elijah, Benjamin, and Abigail Rose. There was nothing Pop Pop couldn't do or fix. He taught each of them how to use all the tools in the tool buckets he carefully curated for them.
The family is grateful for the support of the doctors and staff of Lourdes Hospital and Broome Oncology, and are especially appreciative of Lourdes Hospice Care staff.
He will be laid to rest at a private ceremony for family, at Carverton Cemetery, near his parents, in Dallas Pennsylvania. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Mercy House in Endicott or to prostate cancer research through the American Cancer Society. The family is planning on having a celebration of his life later this summer.