The school community of Mary Immaculate Secondary School mourned the sudden death of a valued and much respected colleague. Hughie joined the staff in 1999 and he died whilst out herding, feeding his horses and caring for his animals.
He died doing what he loved, out of doors, close to nature and his maker. He loved teaching and he loved the students. He had a tremendous understanding of those students who were on the margins and in need of some encouragement and some straight talking. He was much more than a teacher, he was a gentleman and a friend.
We all miss him and we pray especially for his wife Liz, his children, Joe, James, Patrick and Mae, his mother Patsy, his brothers and sisters, and his large circle of friends. We give thanks for short but significant life in which he touched the lives of so many with his gentleness, kindness, consideration and his joyful humour.