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William Melville Hughes

William Melville "Bill" Hughes, 69, husband of Susan Bailey of Bayview Road, Ipswich, died Saturday, December 1, 2012, in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

Born in Salem August 13, 1943, he was the son of the late Gordon S. and Phyllis (Powers) Hughes, formerly of Ipswich and Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Hughes was a 1961 graduate of Ipswich High School, where he was a student leader and valedictorian. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1965 with a major in Economics and received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago in 1967, with a major in Finance. Following graduation, Bill joined the Chicago investment counsel firm of Stein Roe & Farnham as an equities analyst. He returned to Ipswich in 1998, working in the Boston office before retiring in 2005. He was a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and served in the Illinois National Guard from 1967 to his honorable discharge in 1972.    

All who knew Bill, or who met him for even a brief time, would agree he was above all else, “a true gentleman.” He welcomed his many friends and family members to his Great Neck home with warmth and generosity. He was a devoted father and a member of First Church in Ipswich; special interests included boating, fishing, skiing, and gardening. Throughout his life, Bill met every challenge with a positive attitude, courage, and a sense of humor.  

In addition to his wife Susan, he will be deeply missed by his beloved son Todd Hughes and his wife Amy of Franklin; his three daughters, Rebecca Sobolewski and her husband Matthew of Burlington, Vanessa Bridson and her husband Eric of Hanover, Holly Hughes of Beverly; two stepsons Gregory Amazeen and Bradley Amazeen and his wife Pamela Clancy, all of Ipswich; nine grandchildren, Rachael, Audrey, and Gabrielle Sobolewski, Jack Hughes, Avery and Aria Bridson, Bailey, Reagan, and Abbie Amazeen; his brother Steven Hughes and his wife Donna of Ipswich; and his former wife, Annmarie Hughes of Ipswich. 

His funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2012, at the First Church in Ipswich, followed by interment in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Visiting hours are Wednesday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.   

The family most sincerely requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bill be made to The First Church in Ipswich, one Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA 01938, and/or to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

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