Daniel C. Hughes

Daniel C. Hughes

December 24, 1947 ~ December 22, 2020

Daniel C. Hughes of Edgewater, was born on December 24, 1947 in Sault Ste Marie, MI, and died on December 22, 2020 after a short illness.

Dan grew up in Sault Ste Marie, MI where he met the love of his life, Patty, while he attended Lake Superior State. Dan and Patty eloped to New Smyrna Beach. Shortly after, Dan & Patty moved to Detroit where Dan became a Detroit Police Officer and served for 25 years.
After retiring, Dan and Patty moved back to New Smyrna Beach in 1999.

Dan also worked at the Ocean Walk Complex in New Smyrna Beach as a Security Officer for about 14 years.

Dan’s favorite pastime was spending time with and spoiling his 7 grandchildren.
Dan was an encyclopedia when it came to old music and old movies.
He loved animals, especially the many dogs and cats he had throughout his life.
Dan’s greatest love though was his beloved wife, Patty, who predeceased him January 30, 2018.

Dan is survived by his loving children, Daniel J. (Cheryl), Paul, Tammy (Jeff) Foss and Corey, and his adoring grandchildren Corey, Heather, Hailey, Jeffery, Ashlee, Austin & Danny.

Per his wishes Dan’s services will be private.


Bill Steffey

January 1, 2021, 3:41 pm

Classrooms, football fields, the deck of iron ore freighters, two bit taverns, and facebook, my friend for 58 years. We tried it all. I’ll miss you Danny Boy, until we meet again, see you on the other side.

Richard McBryde

January 1, 2021, 9:05 pm

Dan lived on the next street south of ours. He was older than I, but one of the guys my older brother hung out with. I hooked up with him in later years when hecwas going to college. He still treated me as the friend I knew several years prior.
I offer prayers for his family and as I built a home next to my family house, every time I will walk past his old home, I will say an additional prayer.
Bless you, Dan. A good friend you were.


January 3, 2021, 5:30 pm

I was very sad to learn of Dan’s passing. I always felt a kinship as we both left Sault High only to find ourselves married a short time later.
Thinking of Dan, as I remember him, brings the word “cool” to mind. I thought before I use the term too much, I should look it up. I found it can be used for “all right, excellent, fashionable, and hip. That matches my memory. The other interesting fact is that the term began to be used in early black music- blues and jazz. I recall Dan staying with us for awhile in Muskegon and raving about Aretha Franklin who I had barely heard of.
Dan was an original and after all these years I can still see him clearly.
John Raffaele

Tom Brown

January 3, 2021, 7:21 pm

Condolences to Dan’s family. We grew up together but the last time I saw him was was on an all night bus ride to Milwaukee for induction into the military April 2, 1968. We were fiends on email and facebook for many years. A great guy that will be missed by many.


January 3, 2021, 9:57 pm

I am so sorry for the families loss. He will be missed by many. I really miss the Facebook post poking fun of himself and me. I have smiled many days because of Dan! Prayers for you all!

Susie verrett

January 3, 2021, 11:08 pm

I will miss Dan’s daily song recommendation and his political knowledge,he sure had a fantastic memory, he will certainly be missed. Corey has volunteered to give us our daily song , thanks Corey and my sincere condolences to your family. He was my nursery buddy but pretty sure he was older than me lol.

Kenny and Kathie Stanley

January 4, 2021, 2:28 am

What a shocker! Not Danny…….He was the best doorman @ #11 and the baddest M-fer, but a real sweetheart! We had not kept in touch since he retired from the DPD and moved to FL., but we thought of and spoke of him often. We also did not know that Patty had passed.
Our sincerest condolences to his remaining family. Our prayers are with you.
Danny and Patty are together again in God’s loving arms.

Verla Varino

January 7, 2021, 12:21 am

Dan was not in any of my classes in school but he would always acknowledge me in the hallways. I thought he was so hip. I left the Soo right after graduation and never connected with him until Facebook. Will miss his harassment of Soo Township and the fact that he couldn’t believe I didn’t like the Beatles. Wish I had his music knowledge. Missing your political views. I know you are happy with Patti. I don’t believe you are gone.

Dan Fortin

January 7, 2021, 12:37 am

Sad to hear of Dan’s passing went to Soo High with him reconnected after 50 years may he rest in peace

Corey Hughes

January 9, 2021, 12:54 am

Well, it’s settling in now and not fun.

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