Robert Benjamin “Ben” Hughes

October 18, 2019 7 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Robert Benjamin “Ben” Hughes died October 17, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 86 years.

Ben was born April 26, 1933 in New Westminster, BC to Arthur and Charlotte Hughes (nee Keddie). The eldest of 4 children, Ben spent his early years in BC and Calgary, settling in Lethbridge in 1944. Ben married Margaret Angela (Peggie) Brown on April 11, 1963.

Over the next 56 years they lived in Calgary, Raymond, Didsbury and Edmonton. The years he spent in Raymond held a special place in his heart. It was there he raised his daughters and enjoyed a career with Canadian Western Natural Gas, retiring in 1995.

Throughout his life, Ben enjoyed any activity involving his family. He was very involved in thoroughbred horse racing and loved any sport or event that his children or grandchildren were participating in. Ben was the highlight of any get together. He will be remembered for his story telling, quick wit and unique euphemisms. He was a family man through and through and his greatest pride was his daughters and grandchildren.

Ben was predeceased by his daughter Shona; infant son, Robert; as well as his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Peggie; his daughters, Sheina Hughes (Morgan Neff) and Pamela Heggie (Rod Heggie); his favourite granddaughter, Bailey Heggie and his favourite grandson, Peyton Heggie; his siblings, Doreen Gyorkos, Garth Hughes and Charlene Laing; and their families including his extended family of nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and friends. He especially enjoyed the lifelong friendship of Spud Kitigawa.

His family is grateful for the care he received from Drs. Ahmadinejad and Flook and the staff of 5F2, University of Alberta Hospital, for his care during his brief hospitalization prior to his death. There will be no funeral at Ben's request.

Cremation and arrangements in care of Trinity Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

  1. Dear Peggie and your family. what a loss for you all. Sincere condolences. Love, Sar

  2. I’ll always remember Ben with a glint in his eye. He was quite a character,ready with a helping hand wherever he was needed. My thoughts are with your family.

  3. Ben always left the audience in stitches when he spoke at Canadian Western Natural Gas retirement parties. He was the first to volunteer for the microphone and he would ensure the retiree was suitably roasted and honored at the same time. Ben was a guy that made coming to work so much more fun. I’m so sad to see him go.

  4. Dear Peggy,
    Norma and family express our condolences to your family on the passing of Ben. John and Ben were good friends and one would never know where the conversation would go or end when they were together. We were grateful that Ben visited with John before John died 2 years ago. Ben certainly made his mark in Southern Alberta and we fondly remember him.

    Norma Smith and family

  5. Dear Peggy & Family,
    I have the best of memories of Ben from when the family lived in Raymond. I remember his professional trips to our home and his trips to my office. Each time you felt better thanks to his upbeat manner, always positive. But the best was to meet him on the street, the post office or where ever. I always felt like I was meeting a friend. My sympathies to you, Sheina, and Pam.

  6. Dear Peggie.

    Sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  7. Dear Peggy,Sheina,and Pam
    So sorry to hear about “ Howard” as I always teased him with his name. As he also teased me back. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Linda Van Mill (Workman)

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