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obit ivor-hughHARTFORD – 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.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.