Howard Jacob "Jake" Hughes, a retired furniture refinishing company owner who was active in local lacrosse clubs, died of cancer Monday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The Loch Raven Village resident was 79.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Calvert Street in Charles Village, he graduated in 1945 from Polytechnic Institute. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park and played varsity lacrosse. He then served in the Maryland National Guard for eight years, attaining the rank of master sergeant.
Until he retired about 10 years ago, he was the president of Hughes Furniture Service Inc., a furniture repair and refinishing company on East Monument Street. The business was founded by his great-grandfather.
Mr. Hughes -- who also played golf, tennis and touch football -- was a longtime lacrosse player. He was an active member of the Maryland Lacrosse Club for more than 30 years, including more than 20 years as a player and coach. He played the sport until he was 40.
Mr. Hughes holds the Maryland Lacrosse Club career scoring record and served as a club officer and board member.
He was a founding member of Hero's Inc., an organization that promotes lacrosse programs and encourages the development of players. For a number of years, Mr. Hughes coordinated Hero's summer lacrosse league.
Before his lacrosse playing career ended, Mr. Hughes became an on-field official. He was active in the Southern Lacrosse Officials' Association and for many years taught the organization's applicant training class.
In recognition of his many achievements in and contributions over the years, Mr. Hughes was inducted in 1998 into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
After he was no longer able to participate as an on-field official, he became an official timer at collegiate lacrosse games, including many at the Johns Hopkins University and Loyola College.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave. in Towson.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Elizabeth "Betsy" Patterson; a son, Edward Patterson Hughes of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Susan Hughes Gray of Towson; a sister, M. Adele Powell of Lake Mary, Fla.; and four grandchildren.