1958 – 2015

MANSFIELD, TEXAS — Stephen “Steve” R. Hughes, 57, formerly of Augusta, died Sunday, July 5, following a courageous battle against Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. His wife, Penney, was at his side.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 25, 1958, a son of Raphael and Joan (Brehm) Hughes. He grew up in Hazlet, N.J., graduated from St. John Vianney Regional High School in Holmdel, N.J., Class of 1976, and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy.

Steve qualified as a Naval Aircrewman and served with Patrol Squadrons 8 and 11 at Naval Air Station Brunswick. He also served at Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, Pa.

He married Diane Langelier of Lewiston in 1983. On Nov. 1, 1988, he received a direct commission to the rank of ensign. Assignments as a naval officer included Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, Fla.; Patrol Squadron 40 at Moffett Field, California; Patrol Squadron 26 at Naval Air Station Brunswick; Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Brunswick; Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit 1, Brunswick; and Naval Air Systems Command Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md.

He married Penney Brackett Hall of Topsham on May 26, 2001. Steve retired from active duty in 2004 at the rank of lieutenant commander.


He then worked as a logistician for Naval Air Systems Command. In July 2010, with a heavy heart, Steve ended his career due to symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Steve and Penney enjoyed the adventures of travel. Their trips included several Caribbean cruises, Hawaii, and road trips to Michigan, Maryland, Florida, and Texas. Most memorable was a scenic drive from Maine to Florida in Steve’s beloved red Corvette.

Steve is most remembered as a loving and devoted father and grandfather. He was kind, generous and fun loving.

He is predeceased by his parents and father-in-law, Oscar “Bill” Brackett Jr.

He is survived by his loving wife; four children, Sean Hughes and long-time girlfriend, Danielle Guy, of Topsham, Andrea Goulet and fiance, Noah Doran, of Cumberland, Heather (Hall) Laframboise and husband, Joshua, of Sabattus, and Lyndsay (Hall) Frank and husband, Christopher, of Mansfield, Texas; two brothers, Christopher Hughes and wife, Michelle, and Brian Hughes and wife, Christine; a sister, Joanie Wozny and husband, Frank; mother-in-law, Thelma Brackett; two brothers-in-law, Robin Brackett and wife, Sherry, and Wayne Brackett; sister-in-law, Sherri Brackett and partner, Becky Manry; six grandchildren, Delanie and Greyson Doran, Noah and Cora Laframboise, and Olivia and “baby boy” Frank, who is due in December; and several nieces and nephews including very special niece, Kiley Brackett, very special nephews, Brian, Tommy and Michael Hughes.

To view Steve’s memorial page visit www.ctcrawford.com.

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