ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in loving memory of our father, Hugh Francis Hand, 82 years old, born on July 17, 1938, and passed away on April 10, 2021. We will remember him forever.

Please join Hugh's children Karen, Matt, and Amy for a virtual memorial service celebrating Hugh's life on Saturday, July 10 at 1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST. 

Memorial Service Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82508596153?pwd=MkE5VjBZVGpFbVQ1WEc3ZW9PR1JDQT09


Posted by Seema Bhol Sokol on June 11, 2021
I will always remember Hugh cheering us on on the sidelines of every track meet and soccer game, decked out in his Giants gear of course!! He was even one of my coaches early on!! He always made us smile and I could always count on him being in the stands, especially since my parents often couldn’t make it from work in time.

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Posted by Seema Bhol Sokol on June 11, 2021
I will always remember Hugh cheering us on on the sidelines of every track meet and soccer game, decked out in his Giants gear of course!! He was even one of my coaches early on!! He always made us smile and I could always count on him being in the stands, especially since my parents often couldn’t make it from work in time.

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A Brooklyn Childhood

Hugh was born in Brooklyn to Margaret Mulholland Rooney and Matthew Patrick Hand. He was the older brother to sisters Joan, Margie, Helen, and Irene. As an adult, Hugh reminisced fondly about his Brooklyn childhood; going to Dodgers games (without tickets!), visiting Prospect Park and the zoo (also without tickets! :), and diving for coins at Sheepshead Bay were a few memories he mentioned often.

Hugh's NYC upbringing also sparked his love and passion for the New York Giants! Watching the G-Men games are some of Amy, Matt, Karen's fondest memories with our dad.

AT&T

After graduating from Brooklyn Tech and dedicating 2 years of service to the military, Hugh began a career at AT&T that lasted 35 years. The AT&T community provided Hugh with some great memories: he played softball on a company team for many years, and he was proud to have been part of the work force that wired the phone lines for the World Trade Center. Karen, Matt, and Amy fondly remember the AT&T office Christmas parties at Basking Ridge and East Brunswick. Hugh retired from AT&T in 1995.

Hugh the Father

Hugh and Susan had three children: Karen, born in 1975; Matthew Patrick, named after Hugh's father and born in 1976; and Amy, born in 1980. After Susan and Hugh separated, Hugh stayed close and lived just a short walk away. 

Hugh's children were his biggest source of pride. In our school days, he was our biggest fan - coaching soccer teams, attending sports practices and games, coming to every music concert, and cheering on our academic achievements. When we became adults, he took great joy in telling others about Karen's career as an English teacher, Matt's as a lawyer, and Amy's as a school administrator. In Colorado, one of his fondest memories was getting to see Matt argue a trial case in court.

Hugh also loved the spouses of his three children: Dave Slater, married to Karen in 2006; Libbie McCarthy, married to Matt in 2009; and Erik Bowie, married to Amy in 2010.
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