Obituaries: Margaret (Peggy) Hughes

  • by BAR Staff
  • Wednesday March 27, 2024
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Margaret (Peggy) Hughes
Margaret (Peggy) Hughes

September 16, 1950 — March 13, 2024

Margaret (Peggy) A. Hughes passed away on March 13, 2024, at the age of 73 in San Francisco, after a long battle with chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Peggy was born on September 16, 1950, to James Joseph Hughes and Catherine Ann Teresa McCruden in Newark, New Jersey. In 1994, she moved from New York to San Francisco, where she lived until the date of her passing.

She was owner and founder of Peggy Hughes Associates, a professional moving and organizing company that happily took clients "from boxes to dinner parties in 48 hours!"

Over the course of her career, she made significant contributions to various professional and civic organizations. From 1994-2024, she held multiple leadership roles at the Continental Breakfast Club, a sister organization to the Golden Gate Breakfast Club. She served as a founding board member of the SF LGBT Community Center from 1996-2000. In 2008, she served as president of the Golden Gate Business Association, the world's first LGBTQ+ chamber of commerce.

During 2007 to 2016, Peggy held various leadership positions at Business Network International SF (Midtown and Ace chapters), the world's largest business networking and business referral organization.

From 1996-2000, she served as director of the Artist in Residence program at Recology (formerly known as NorCal Waste Systems), an art and education initiative that offers studio space and stipends for emerging and established artists to create artwork from the waste stream.

Peggy was predeceased by her son Jim Gleason, grandson Mohammed White, and brothers Jay and Kevin Hughes. She is survived by her son Christopher Gleason, daughter Jennifer Gleason, as well as granddaughters Rasha White and Jessica Gleason. She is also survived by her sister Catherine Fitzgerald Angioletti (husband Sal Angioletti), brother Bill Fitzgerald, nieces Suzanne Angioletti Vaskas (husband Jay Vaskas); Caitlyn Angioletti Hall (husband Jo Hall); nephew Sal Angioletti, Jr. (wife Marina); great nieces Margot Vaskas and Sorella Angioletti, along with great nephews Trent Vaskas and Levi Hall.

Peggy truly enjoyed her time in San Francisco and the interactions with myriad community members.

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