Michael J. "Mike" McHugh, age 67, of Manhattan, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox, IL. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Mary (nee Murray) McHugh, his son, Brendan (Colleen) McHugh of Chicago, his daughter, Mary Kathleen McHugh of Chicago, his grandson, Finnegan Michael McHugh, his three brothers, Richard (Barbara) McHugh, Terrence (Joan) McHugh, and Brien (Kathleen) McHugh, his father-in-law, James Murray, Sr., his sisters-in-law, Therese Dyer, Maureen (Pat) Murphy, Virginia (Dave) Krueger, and Eileen (Terry) Glynn, his brother-in-law, James (Chris) Murray, and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and friends. Visitation for Mike will be Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 3-8:00 P.M. Funeral service will be 9:30 A.M., Thursday, June 8, 2017 from Forsythe Gould Funeral Home in procession to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 235 West North St., Manhattan, for 10:00 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Manhattan. The family respectfully asks that in lieu of flowers donations in Mike's name to any one of the following organizations that were near and dear to his heart would be most appreciated; St. Joseph Catholic School P.O. Box 70, Manhattan, IL, 60442, Providence Catholic High School, 1800 W. Maple St., New Lenox, IL 60451, Wreaths Across America, www.wreathsacrossamerica.org, or the Irish American Society of County Will Scholarship Fund, 1800 Mason Ave, Joliet, IL 60435. Forsythe Gould Funeral Home, 507 S. State St. (Rt. 52) Manhattan, IL 60442, 815-478-3321, www.forsythegouldfh.com
Mike was a founding member of the Irish American Society of County Will. He was a pillar of fun and savvy all down through the years. He authored a book entitled A Movable Fest: 20 Years Manhattan Irish Fest about the event that he helped to steer successfully since its inception. Most recently he helped with the establishment of additional annual scholarships to be given in honor our founding fathers. How fitting that he was here for the inaugural granting of those scholarships. Last year after Celtic Fest he said, "Next year, let's tell people to enjoy Celtic Fest in the 'intimate confines' of St. Joseph's Park." And we will do that. He loved Celtic Fest. The Irish American Society of County Will will be forever indebted to Mike. We will miss his humor and his camera and his unfailing care for his community, but mostly we will hold him forever in the intimate confines of our hearts.
The IASCW was founded in February 1981 in Joliet, Illinois. The IASCW offers people of Irish ancestry and friends the opportunity to share cultural education, heritage preservation, fellowship and laughter.