Anne you believed in us. You believed we could do it. And so we gave ourselves permission to believe in ourselves. And we do. You are missed every day. Condolences to your family, and gratitude for sharing this wonderful person with us.
Dear Roger, Jessie, Katie, Arden, Noel,
It was a moving wonderful tribute to Ann as I miraculously just watched the funeral now Sat in Vancouver. Her passing leaves a gigantic hole and I cannot disconnect knowing Ann through Norrie. Much love Sandy
So shocked to hear of Anne's passing. Such a pleasure to have shared many good times with all of you over the years. My thoughts are with you Roger as it is not easy losing your partner. May the good memories be of comfort to you.
I’m sitting here watching the Gathering to Honour Anne’s life and although I’ve written to y’all and will be posting a Short Version on this Site, I feel so “involved” in all I’m hearing being said at the Gathering and have to add that Mine and Sheila’s mother and our dad, Anne’s Uncle (Great Uncle in fact) Bert were ALWAYS so thrilled to visit their Canadian relatives as they did each year. They were so proud of both Anne and Norrie and would have been so proud to have heard todays memories - and the ways in which Anne touched so many lives - not just ours.
We are proud to have known her and how could I have known all those years ago when that strange sounding Canadian lady, my Mum’s sister, aka “Ant Al”, Anne’s Grandmother, came to my school school Carol Service in Buxton Derbyshire, England in the late 1950s with my other aunt, “Anty Dor”, who’d have known that back in Canada , just a year younger than me was this young Girl, Anne, who would later touch so many lives - including mine, in such a profound way .
My Mum, Phyllis, would have been so proud.
As we are too.
Love to you all
Mike and Wendy Dinsdsle
I had the privilege of meeting Anne while I was a student. She was an amazing professor, powerful in impacting my thinking and values, and instrumental in helping me to start my career. She was generous in every way. I so admire her passion and many significant contributions over the course of her career. Sending my sincerest condolences to all of your family.
Dear Roger, Kate and Jesse,
Please accept our sincere sympathy . We remember Anne as cheerful, very bright, engaging, and devoted to her family, friends and work. We can't be with you in Calgary today but we are there in spirit. We are grateful that we recently had a chance to visit with Anne and you Roger at the time of Mary Jane's Birthday. May you be comforted, now, and in the days and months to come.
Richard Bonokoski and Linda Smith
Anne was a colleague and friend for many years . Her sudden death is tragic and saddening. I met her first when my family came to Calgary. She was one of my first masters students and went ton o carve her own important place in her profession to the gratitude of her many students and colleagues. Anne is also well remembered by my children. She baby sat them on many occasion. Elizabeth and Michael thought she was kind and in Elizabeth words at the time described her as "cool". The 3 of us are shocked by her death and send our condolences to Roger and family.
Roy, Elizabeth and Michael.
Dear Roger, Jesse, Kate and Lily,
I'm so sorry that Ann, that inspiring, outrageous, courageous and wonderful woman has left us all way too soon.
Such a shocking and dreadful loss for those of us who loved her as a friend, colleague and mentor - but for you the loss must be unimaginable and my heart aches for all of you who are family to Ann.
I saw Ann in person in Feb 2020 when she and Roger came all the way down to High River in a snowstorm to help celebrate my 60th birthday….such a wonderful friend - only Ann would hit the highway in a snowstorm to go celebrate with an old friend - always up for an adventure! It’s an honour to have been one of her many, many, many friends. I will miss our glasses of wine and meandering conversations as well as her fantastically potty mouth peppered with well placed f***s and her fascination with new swear words I brought back with me from the UK. She'll always be Ab Fab to me.
Such a person we have lost not only a good friend to many but the ultimate warrior woman for people and families whose lives have been disadvantaged and made second class - she crusaded, defended and used her brilliant mind to advocate, teach, inspire and ultimately make huge changes to help people have better lives. She has touched the lives of so many people in ways that are unfathomable but quite simply monumental for each and every one of them.
I'll be attending via the link from Cardiff, (Wales) in the UK knowing that many, many other people will be attending from places far and wide and across many different time zones to pay our respects and mourn the unfair loss of the magnificent and much loved E. Ann Hughson❤️
Sending heartfelt condolences to you all,
Dear Roger, Kate and Jesse
It was with shock and sorrow I learned of Anne's untimely death. Her loss will be keenly felt by you – but also by many others, though perhaps in lesser measure.
Anne was an important presence for many of us. She was a pillar in her commitment to righting the wrongs experienced by disadvantaged people she encountered. She had a brilliant capacity to detect and analyse the perversities of the many systems that stood in the way of creating inclusive communities, with a willingness to enter the fray and champion reform. She was a wonderful teacher and role model for students she taught.
And, for myself, one couldn’t have wished for a better colleague – whether it was in practice settings like the Behaviour Support Team, or in planning academic programme directions, or in participating in national and international ventures we became engaged with. She was always there with good insights, and support.
Erna joins me in wishing you condolences.
Anne...such a special person in so many ways. Anne taught, guided and created inclusion is for all. A warm caring, compassionate person to everyone, including individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We are so saddened by her passing but know she is now the Inclusion Angel we all knew and loved. It is doubtful that many of us will leave a legacy such as Anne has.
God bless Roger, Jesse, Kate and your family. Please know that Anne will never be forgotten! Jim,Diane,Jodi Reid
Anne was one of the most kind, generous, warm, compassionate, and inspiring people I have ever known. She was a good friend and a wonderful teacher. I was always impressed by Anne's commitment to not only teach about justice for all ( especially people with disabilities) but to also walk with them on life's journey. Anne and I became colleagues and then friends 40 years ago. My daughter with disabilities is now 30. Anne has been a part of our lives and our family journey for my daughter's entire life. She encouraged us, shared her wisdom, celebrated and commiserated with us. Anne was an extraordinary person. She touched the minds, hearts and lives of so many people. She will be deeply missed.
My condolences to Roger, Kate, Jesse, Norrie, and Arden. Please know that you wife, mother, sister, and aunt made a huge difference in this world. Our hearts are with you.
With love, Darcy
Nancy Marlett: Looking back over 50 years as a colleague, co-conspirator and friend as we were part of the development of Vecova and Disability Studies I realize just how much we all have lost:
• The original JEDI warrior of justice, equity, diversity and especially Inclusion
• An international visionary and leader of inclusive education and lifelong community supports
• Our leader and mentor of Disability Studies as a force for change
• A scholar of innovative leadership training for families, people with lived experience, teachers and professionals so that they could level the playing fields they encounter.
• A trusted colleague and friend, ready to challenge, support and share the grinding work of changing the systems that undermine and reduce the creativity and contributions of those they intend to serve.
• For me, I will miss her as family and the sense of family she engendered whatever she did, at home, at the cottage and at work.
And we have so much to do to carry on her vision and passion for a better world that includes everyone.
We are saddened to hear of Anne's passing. She will be missed by her "Dental Family" at Strathcona Dental Works! Thinking of you all during this time.
Dear Roger, Jesse and Kate,
I send you my heartfelt condolences at this sad time. What can I say that could possibly comfort you in your loss?. She was such a loving, intelligent, giving individual and I had the privilege of knowing her for 60 years. She was an amazing friend and held my hand through many crises. Words cannot encompass her generosity of time and advice, her ability to find the right thing to say. She touched many lives with her teaching, with her strong spirit, with her incredible energy. I consider it a great privilege to have known her. She shall live on in our hearts, in each memory that we share, for she brought much joy and happiness into our lives.
Love lives on forever and will never fade away.
I send you my love and sympathy,
Please accept my condolences on your loss. Anne was a 'crucible-a strong resilient vessel in which profound change could safely take place' (S. Scott, Fierce Conversations). I will not forget and I am grateful. Felicity Foster
Anne, your NZ family (Robyn, Garth, Matt and Josh) are heartbroken. We are sending our aroha and love to Roger, Jesse, Kate, Norrie and Hilary and all the family and your friends in Canada and around the world. You were loved, you changed so many lives and your compassion knew no bounds. You were a role model for so many and your kindness to people and families will be held close by all of those whose lives you touched. Our family loved you, we had so much fun - in your house, at the cabin and when you visited NZ. You worked hard but you knew how to have fun and to celebrate the important milestones with your family and friends. You were so wise and so present when people needed solace and care. Guy Clark is playing as I write this, such happy memories. Our tears are falling, we will plant a tree for you in our garden so you will be forever in our hearts and minds.
Kia kaha (strength) to your family and your loved ones.
Arohanui from your NZ family. We love you. xx
Oki Kate, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, at the loss of your beautiful mother. Anne’s teachings were most valuable and helped improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. She had a special way of greeting you and always made you feel welcome. May our Creator bring you strength and comfort as your mother continues her journey into the spirit world. Blessings.
Kathleen McHugh , Staff, and clients
Siksika Disability Services
I am very sorry for your loss. Anne’s devotion to the oppressed and underserved was a pillar of her work. She always had a big smile and contributed so much to the University of Calgary through teaching and mentorship. Your loss is felt by many you have never met. Dr. Billie Thurston
I recall at graduation from the BCR program in Calgary my dad had just passed away and I was in the lineup waiting to go into the auditorium. Anne spotted me and announced loudly "she came" and ran over and gave me a hug. She was a remarkable person, a talented professor, and one of the most brilliant and intuitive people I know. She was so absolutely purposeful about her life and her commitment to individuals with disabilities and building communities. I am honored to have known her and so very sad for this world that a beautiful soul like hers is now gone. Please accept my deepest sympathies I cannot imagine your loss would be anything but devastating. I hope as your pain turns to reflection that you can celebrate her amazing contributions to this world. They are many and lasting! I was just a student but Anne was someone I will never forget.
Dear Roger, Jesse, Kate and Lily,
I am so heavy hearted and so sorry for your unfathomable loss. Anne was a hell of a woman - smart, funny, generous-spirited, stubborn, compassionate, curious and fabulous. I’ll miss her terribly.
But what a gift to have walked beside her for these years. She did so much, for so many, and never lost the light that she helped to create. I’m grateful for her love and friendship, and for all the luscious memories she’s left us.
Love and sorrow,
Claudia, Carey, Hilary and Benny
Roger, Jesse, Kate. We are heartbroken for you and we are heartbroken to have lost our beautiful friend. Over the years we've made many wonderful memories and we'll miss her so much.
Dear Roger, Kate and Jesse,
We are deeply saddened to hear today that our beautiful Anne died too soon. There was still wine to drink, places to see, books to review and world problems to solve. We are only two of the many who’s lives are happier and safer because she was in the world.
In our hearts she will remain a dear friend, one of the “good guys”.
We are sending you hugs and love because your loss is so great.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss Roger, Kate and Jesse. Anne was an inspiration and friend to many and we will miss her in our lives.
Roger, Jesse and Kate,
I can truly say I would not have had the life I have without Anne's support. She mentored me throughout my career and I will miss her intelligence, warmth, sense of humor.and willingness to take on new adventures. She was a strong support for so many people. Chris and I are thinking about you all and sending you big hugs.
Dear Roger, Kate and Jesse. I was saddened to hear of Anne's passing. I worked with her in the Cumming School of Medicine. Her commitment to her students and to the discipline of community rehabilitation and disability studies was unparalleled. We lost a great scholar and teacher.
Roger Jesse and Kate, I'm so sorry for your loss. ❤️ Anne was a treasure, treasure your love and memories of her. Sending much love, Sharon
We were so blessed to call Anne a very good friend. Wonderful times shared will give us so many warm memories. Roger , Jesse, and Kate we are so sorry for the enormous loss. Much love and hugs from us, Rhonda and Beverley.
Roger, Kate and Jesse,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Anne was so loved by so many people and I was one of the lucky ones to call her a friend. I remember our first introduction, at a panel discussion way back in the late 1970's, when a mutual colleague introduced us. He warned us that we would likely not get along....so wrong! We have been friends ever since! Take care of yourselves and each other and always know we are here for you.
Cheryl and Wayne