My father David Hughes sadly passed away in the early hours of Monday morning 16th May 2011 after battling 17 months against lung cancer. A true Evertonian he took me to my first match when i was three, he begged borrowed and stole for us both to be at the European Cup Winners Cup Final.
Even when he was having chemo and radiotherapy he did not miss one home game, and even went out to Lisbon to see the blues in Europe.
In his dying days, though confined to a wheelchair his last game was against Man City which the blues fought just like my dad and won to leave us all with great memories. David Hughes
The funeral is on Tuesday 24th May at St Frances De Sales Church at 12.30pm followed by a celebration of his life afterwards in the Royal Oak.
To say that Dave was a 'good Evertonian' would be a massive understatement, in fact he was one of the very best I know. Dave has been a match going blue nearly all of his life going to Goodison for over fifty years and has been a season ticket holder for as long as I can remember.
There are so many stories about Dave's countless away trips all over England and Europe to watch the Blues but I have attached an image of Dave together with another famous Evertonian, Freddy Armstrong, taken before the Sporting Lisbon away match in Portugal early on last year.
Despite his illness Dave never moaned about his condition or the chemo/radio therapy he went through, he just got with it and carried on watching Everton regardless. Indeed Dave made it to the Citeh game this month against all odds and although he was in a wheelchair he still managed to stay out long after most of us had gone home.
For those of us lucky enough to know Dave he was a fantastic friend, an exceptional Evertonian but most of all a great husband to Lily and loving father to his son David & daughter Helen. RIP Dave we will never ever forget you, Nil Satis Nisi Optimum. Andy Merritt
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