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Hughes, Robert "Bob"

January 07, 2023


Date of Service: January 21, 2023

ROBERT “BOB” CLIFFORD HUGHES, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of the late Janice Firth, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital, on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the age of 79 years, after a courageous fight with cancer. 

Bob was born in Dauphin, Manitoba in 1943. He completed his Grade 12 in 1961 at Falher High School (École La Routsie) in Falher, Alberta, then he went off to Grande Prairie to Business College, after a number of positions in Saskatchewan and Alberta and eventually getting hired as Manager of BMO Lethbridge. In 1982, Bob purchased half of Galaxy Power Tools, and then the other half in 1985. 

Bob met the love of his life, Janice, in 1995. His son Lee worked many years in the family business, right up until closing Galaxy Power Tools in 1999. Bob went on to owning Centre Village Liquor Store, up to his retirement. 

Bob was an avid Nascar fan and was a racer himself. He raced modifieds, stock cars and truck stocks for many years, taking home a championship in 1996. He raced all over Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and the United States. 

Bob is survived by his daughters: Terry Hughes of St. Albert, Cheryl Hughes of Medicine Hat, and son Carey (Lori) Chonkolay of Edmonton, sister-in-law Kelly (Paul Kipnik) Szabo, stepchildren Amber Herdman and Daniel Orcutt of Lethbridge, stepson-in-law Ryan (Bailee) Procee of Lethbridge, and grandchildren: Steele (Danica Tremblay) Bizuk, Montana (Shaquille Grouse) Bizuk, Stevie Hughes, Fallon (Kyle Belcourt) Clarke and Ryleigh (Adrian) Wolfe, special grandchildren: Nevaeh (Willis Dion) Procee, Jerzee Procee, Lyric Procee, Liv Procee and Leah Hayward. He is also survived by his three great-grandchildren: Levi Belcourt-Clarke, Lacey Belcourt-Clarke and Ivy Wolfe. 

He will be sadly missed by his family and numerous friends. 

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Clifford Alvin Hughes and Marie Genevieve Hughes (née Caron), his wife, Janice Firth, and his son, Lee Hughes. 

A Viewing will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 12:00 P.M., with a Funeral Service to follow at 1:00 P.M., with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. 

Following the Funeral Service, Bob will be laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery.

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