Donor Spotlight

Name: Bob Hughes

Location/Hometown: I have lived in Duxbury for over 20 years.

Family: I have an older sister who lives north of Boston. My daughter, Kristina, lives in Los Angeles, with her partner Brian.  They are parents to my 5-year-old grandson, Jackson. Here in Duxbury, I am a proud butler to my tuxedo cat, Sir Elton Hughes I, The Duke of Duxbury. I also have many great friends and acquaintances whom I’ve met on the road of life.

How did you first get involved with FBMS?

I became affiliated with The Table (a volunteer group) & Father Bill’s thinking of my younger years when I thought I was smarter than my parents and going out on my own. I’m sure that many of us had those feelings at one time or another.

Can you tell us a little bit about your life?

As a young person, I found myself living in a tenement building drifting from job to job without much money to pay rent and other essentials.

After 2 years, I realized I needed a future. I was offered a teller position at a Boston bank but after 3 months I was not going anywhere. As I was about to give my notice to resign, the bank gave me an opportunity to learn international banking, trade documentation and how import products are brought into the country and received from overseas.

After the experience in the banking field and later with a freight forwarder in Boston, I passed my exam with U.S. Customs and received my Customs Brokers License. That was 37 years ago when I decided to start my own business – New England Im-Ex, Inc., as an International Freight Forwarder and a U.S. Customs Brokers – with my final paycheck and a $500.00 master charge cash advance, it was sink or swim.

Your Impact:

I am a longtime volunteer and member of The Legacy Society.

Why did you decide to support FBMS?

Because of my success, I look back and am thankful that positive things that have happened and I am grateful. I’m now on the other side of that kitchen door and now is the time for me to give back even more. As I prepare for retirement, I want to continue supporting FBMS through a planned gift. FBMS has helped so many individuals, I’m happy and proud to be affiliated with this caring organization. As a volunteer and a member of FBMS Legacy Society, I’m thinking about the future and helping to educate others so that they can enjoy having a roof over their head as well as a nutritious meal to chow down on. I gladly support the work they are doing, and I hope this will encourage you to help as well!!

What does the word “HOME” mean to you?

Home is waking up every day to a roof over your head and a good nutritious meal in your belly, happily waiting to take on a new daily adventure.

Fun Fact:

I attended Woodstock in 1969.  Tickets were only $8/day!