HARTFORD – Ivor T. Hugh, 86, noted radio and television personality, died peacefully on Sept.18, 2013, at the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center in Bloomfield.
He was born in London on May 1, 1927, and moved at age 10 with his parents, the late Grace and Ralph Hugh, to the United States. After serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II, he met his first wife, Jean Rawlinson, now deceased, in Hartford, and they had three sons. In 1970, he married Beth, expanding the family to include six stepdaughters and sons.
He is survived by his wife, nine children, 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Hugh’s career encompassed many enthusiasms and touched many lives. He was most recently known for his 35 years at WJMJ, where he created and delivered the “Good Evening, Good Music” show, bringing classical music to a dedicated audience. He also produced ecumenical radio programs from many churches for broadcast on WJMJ. He retired just two months ago.
Prior to that, Mr. Hugh spent a number of years bringing music and religious programming to Connecticut while working for the Connecticut Council of Churches.
He especially enjoyed entertaining a younger audience, and is remembered as Flippy the Clown, a fixture on Channel 8 in New Haven and Channel 18 in Hartford; the “Ring Around the World” television show on Channel 30 with Beth as co-host; or his narrations of children’s concerts at the Bushnell with the Hartford Symphony.
He also enjoyed teaching, and introduced people to classical music at the downtown Hartford YMCA. He also taught a communications course at the University of Hartford for several years, as well as teaching the fundamentals of television at his Voices of the Unheard (VOTU) studio on the Campus of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Hugh is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at South Church in South Glastonbury. Memorial contributions may be made to the Caleb Hitchcock Health Center at Duncaster in Bloomfield or a musical organization of one’s choice.