Family of Stephen Hughes sets viewing Thursday in Towson


  • The viewing for the Towson attorney will be held Thursday at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson.
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August 10, 2012

The family of Stephen John Hughes, who died in a car accident in England in June, will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

The Ten Hills resident was 57.

Hughes died with his sons-in-law, Gregory J. Brooks of Catonsville, and Andrew J. Pain of London, England, on June 4 near Oxford. His daughters were both injured in the accident and have only recently returned to the United States.

The son of Joseph Hughes of Catonsville, and the late Lillian Hughes was previously married to Angela Atkins, with whom he had three children. The couple divorced in 1992.

A 1972 graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High School in 1972, Hughes graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a degree in economics in 1976, and from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1983.

He worked as an economist for the Department of Labor until 1985 and as an associate lawyer and then partner at Miles & Stockbridge in Baltimore.

In 1993, he helped form the law firm Treanor, Pope and Hughes, currently in Towson.

He was well-known for representing those injured by medical negligence.

Hughes, a former president of the Maryland Society for Justice, was a frequent speaker at legal seminars, according to his sister, Lil Hughes Knipp.

He was a voracious reader, a masterful storyteller and humorist who enjoyed poker, golf and attending Ravens games, she said in an email.

He also sang in a Beatles tribute band for 15 years, she wrote.

Devoted to his children and grandchildren, he gave freely of his time, support, and legal skills to family, friends and those in need, she wrote.

"The outpouring of respect, love, and friendship for my brother and his family has been overwhelming," she wrote.

He is survived by his father; daughters Angela Hughes Brooks, of Catonsville, and Sarah Pain, of London; his son, Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Erika Hughes, and their children Aidan, Casper and Lillian Hughes, all of Catonsville; brother P. Michael Hughes, of Westminster; brothers and sisters-in-law J. Barry and Teresa Hughes, of Westminster, T. Kevin and Barbara Hughes, of Eldersburg, and Brian and Linda Hughes, of Cary, N.C.; sisters and brothers-in-law Kathleen and William Heilman, of Westminster, Lillian and George Knipp, of Catonsville, and Maureen and Mark Shields, of Newark, Del.; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Interment will be private.

A Masonic memorial service will be performed by his Lodge at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Grand Masonic Lodge, 304 International Circle, in Cockeysville, followed by a Celebration of Life with recollections by family, friends, and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to either The Arc Carroll County, 180 Kriders Church Road, Westminster, MD 21157, or Change, 115 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

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