Richard P. Hughes passed away in his hometown of Baltimore this week
The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) has announced the passing of its former president Richard P. Hughes.
Hughes, who served as the organisation’s eighth president from July 2007 until July 2011, died on Wednesday in Baltimore, Maryland. He was aged 79.
“The International Longshoremen’s Association is deeply saddened by the passing of our President Richard P. Hughes, Jr., who served our ILA membership with distinction and honor for more than half a century,” said current ILA President Harold J. Daggett.
“Rich Hughes’ accomplishments throughout his long career with the ILA were vast and his memory will endure.”
Prior to his election as ILA president, he served as both executive vice president of the ILA and secretary-treasurer of the ILA’s Atlantic Coast District. He had first been elected ACD secretary-treasurer in July 2000, where he was llater re-elected in July 2003. In October 2005, Mr. Hughes was named the ILA’s executive vice president.
Previously, he served as general vice-president of the Atlantic Coast District from 1989 to 2000 and ACD vice president since 1985.
Richard Hughes was elected ILA President Emeritus at the union's 2011 Convention.