George L. Hughes, age 77, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Paoli Hospital. Born on May 4, 1939 in Phoenixville, he was a son of the late Alice (Rennard) and the late Lester Hughes. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Louise (Showalter) Hughes and children Karen H., wife of Kenneth Dobson, of Pottstown, Kenneth R. Hughes, of Phoenixville, and Richard L., husband of Nadine Hughes, of Phoenixville. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Jessica Hughes and Gregory Hughes. He is also survived by a brother, Donald, husband of Ruthann Hughes of Phoenixville.
George was a 1957 graduate of Phoenixville High School and received an Associate Degree in Electronics from Temple University. He was employed by Chester County Department of Emergency Services for 36 years. He began as a Dispatcher in the Fire/Police Emergency Communications Center and went on to become Deputy Director of the Technical Support group, surpervising the upgrade of the radios to UHF (800 mhz) system. He was recognized in 2003 as the Technician of the Year by Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International. He enjoyed managing the technical aspects of the County's use of numerous cell tower sites. He retired from the County in 2006 and went on to be a Managing Consultant for Horizon Resources in Exton until 2012.
The fire service (Kimberton Fire Company) was a big part of George's life. He became a member of the Kimberton Fire Company in 1955. Through the years he held positions of Firefighter, Driver, Fire Captain, Assistant Fire Chief & Deputy Fire Chief. He was also Secretary, Trustee and Vice-President. He instituted the "Learn Not To Burn" program at the annual Open House event, and later in the local schools. He was a Mentor to many of the station's youth, many who went on to become Career and Volunteer Fire Chief's themselves.
He was active on the committee for the annual Kimberton Community Fair. He ran the Fair's Raffle Stand for several years and worked with East Pikeland Township's Emergency Management Coordinator for the fairgrounds. He was the go-to person for the electrical needs of the fair. Before his death he was coordinating a project to replace the electrical buildings on the fairgrounds. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to "Kimberton Community Fair, Inc." PO Box 272, Kimberton, PA 19442.
A Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Kimberton Fire Company's Covered Bridge Room on Saturday, October 29th. A Celebration of Life will begin at 11:30 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by the Campbell - Ennis - Klotzbach Funeral Home, Inc., Phoenixville. Condolences may be offered online at