Former Ft. Myers Beach Mayor, Dan Hughes, died peacefully at the age of 91 at his home in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida, on Thursday, July 1st.
Dan was a graduate of Thornton Township High School (1948), Yale University (1952), and Northwestern University School of Law (1955), following which he practiced law in Washington, D.C. (1955-1957), Chicago (1957-1964), and his own firm in the south suburbs concentrating in municipal, banking, and corporate law (1964-1988). Dan was attorney for numerous governmental entities, municipalities, school districts, police boards, and township, including the Village Attorney for Flossmoor (1962-1988). He was succeeded in his law practice by son, Michael. Dan served as a director of the local YMCA, local bank president and director, president of the south suburban bar association, municipal associations, and numerous other civic and fraternal organizations.
Following retirement, he and loving wife, Ann (nee Richards), moved to Ft. Myers Beach, where he became very involved in local government and civic matters. Dan served on the original LPA (land planning and zoning agency), instrumental in creation of the comprehensive plan and land development code, at the time of formation of the Town of Ft. Myers Beach. He was initially appointed and then elected twice to the Town Council (1998-2006) and served as its Mayor (2000-2004), served on numerous committees, and continued to serve and attend meetings past his 91st birthday. Dan loved the Beach!
He was also a proud contributor to the Town’s acquisition and restoration of the historic Mound House, and donated funds for the furnishing of its Period Room in loving memory of his late wife of 56 years, Ann, who passed away in 2011. He was a charter member of the board of Friends of the Mound House.
Dan was the son of L.W. Michael and Melanie E. Hughes. He is survived by daughter Dana (Mark) Southard of Cape Coral, Florida, son Michael (Jill) Hughes of Olympia Fields, Illinois, and son Phillip Hughes of Cloudcroft, New Mexico; grandchildren Jennifer Southard, Daniel Southard, Sara Azinger, Brittany Hughes, Connor Hughes, Jason Rosche, Bryce Hughes, Avery Hughes, Luke Hughes, and preceded by Phillip Hughes (Jr.); as well as great-grandchildren, Kahlan Southard, Jack Azinger, and Ellie Azinger.
A celebration of life will be arranged when family, friends, and neighbors are back to the Beach next winter. Donations in his memory can be directed to the Friends of the Mound House or Saint Raphael’s Episcopal Church, Ft. Myers Beach.