Kevin M. McHugh


Kevin M. McHugh, 86, resident of Fair Lawn, NJ for 59 years, passed away on May 29, 2020 from natural causes.  Born in Orange, NJ to Terence and Mary Ellen McHugh, he was raised in Kearny and North Arlington, NJ.  He graduated from Queen of Peace High School, North Arlington, in 1952, and Gannon University, Erie, PA, in 1958, where he played basketball and earned his degree in sociology.  Kevin was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church in Ridgewood, and a member or former member of many organizations, including the Fraternal Order of Police, The Fair Lawn Hunting and Fishing Club, Trout Unlimited, The Bergen Irish Association of Dumont, The Hobbyists Unlimited Club of Ridgewood, and the Newark Iron Dukes basketball team, among others. 

            Kevin retired in 1992 after a 34-year career with the Bergen County Probation Department.  He held many positions within the probation department, eventually working his way up to Assistant Chief several years prior to his retirement.  Standing 6’7” with fiery red hair, he could be an imposing figure, but he was more of a gentle giant, and someone his family and friends could always look up to, literally and figuratively.  A proud man, he was fiercely independent, and would do anything for his family and friends.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, and camping with his family.  He also liked to travel, including visits to the McHugh homeplace in Roosky, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.  In his later years, he would enjoy college reunions and reunions with players from the Newark Iron Dukes teams he played semi-professional basketball with in the 1950’s. 

            Kevin was the beloved husband of Mary E. McHugh, who passed in May of 2018.  Loving and devoted father of Mark T. McHugh and wife, Susan, of Wayne, NJ, and Michael K. McHugh and wife, Mary, of Waldwick, NJ.  Cherished grandfather and “Pop Pop” to grandchildren Patrick and wife Tara, Brian and fiancée Robyn Alport, Colleen and fiancé Adam Rainear, Patty, Erin and fiancé Matthew Sanseverino, and John.  Adored great-grandfather to Alexa and Greyson McHugh.  Dear brother of the late John “Jack” McHugh and twin brother, Bernard McHugh.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends.

            Services are private.  Interment at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.  Donations in memory of Kevin may be made to the Sister Lucy Fund of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 1 Passaic Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

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I'm so sorry to hear about Kevin passing away. He was always a lot of fun to be around. I'll always fondly remember all the good times pheasant hunting with him at the Skyline Rod and Gun Club.
Dave Lent
The sincerest condolences on behalf of The Fair Lawn Hunting and Fishing Club. With fondest of memories of a wonderful member and friend. Kevin was a long time member and a great contributor to To the success and well being of the club.
Fred Shortman
I extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to all in the McHugh family on the loss of Kevin. I last spoke with him at Mary's wake and I pray for them both, I am privileged to have been Kevin's friend for more than four decades. He was a good man and a 'man for the ages.' Kevin was my first supervisor in the Bergen County Probation Department when I started in 1975. He was a mentor to me in those days and through much of my career. His management and the leadership insights that he shared with me remained with me throughout my own time there, Our shared Irish heritage led to many interesting conversations. He was always compassionate with Probation clients tempered with his streetwise knowledge, For Probation Officers of my generation Kevin McHugh was an iconic figure for many reasons, But his influence persisted beyond his retirement as he helped flavor my tenure as Chief. Again my sympathies to his entire family whom I know he loved very deeply. John A. Fuhrman Vicinage Chief Probation Officer (retired) Bergen Probation Division - NJ Superior Court, Hackensack NJ
My husband and I met your Dad through Mt. Carmel. I am short (5"2") and of Irish descent so whenever we me he always started the conversation by saying "how's my haf sister doing". We often ran into him at church and at Shoprite. He aways brought a smile to the face of everyone he interacted with. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Mary Ann
May our blessed Lord receive you Dad into Eternal Life! May the Spirit of God and the spirit of your Dad live in your hearts always! I realize today is the 2nd anniversary of your Mom's passing! Two great people you have, as you continue to pass on their example and love to your children, and to your children's children!
Sr Mary Spano
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