In Memory of Ed McHugh

Akron Railroad Club member Edward Patrick McHugh III died at his home in his sleep of heart failure on Aug. 23.

Mr. McHugh, 73, had been battling cancer for several months.

He was an avid collector of railroad memorabilia, including model trains and railroad artifacts. His home in Massillon was filled with such things as passenger station signs and drumheads from various passenger trains.

Mr. McHugh had a particular interest in passenger trains and enjoyed talking and reading about them.

Born Dec. 14, 1944, in Cleveland, he was the son of Edward and Anselma Sonnhalter McHugh.

He retired in 2000 after working for 33 years for the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management.

At the time of his retirement, Mr. McHugh was the director of the Workforce Restructuring Office, which was established to support the federal government’s downsizing and restructuring initiatives.

Mr. McHugh and his staff received Hammer Awards from Vice President Al Gore for their work.

Over the course of his career, Mr. McHugh held a variety of positions.

During the 1960s he registered voters in the South under the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.

He also provided technical assistance on human resource issues to federal agencies, and state and local governments.

Mr. McHugh served on an intergovernmental personnel assignment for the governor of Indiana, was a staff member on the National Commission on Public Service (the Volcker Commission), twice headed U.S. delegations to the Joint Committee on the Public Service of the International Labor Organization, and in 1995 was elected chairman of the ILO’s 25 nation meeting on the Impact of Structural Adjustment in the Public Service.

He played a role in the drafting of the Part Time Employment Act of 1978 and the implementation of a 1982 executive order enabling military spouses to acquire federal jobs and carry credit for those jobs to military bases in the United States and abroad.

Mr. McHugh was a frequent guest on Washington Post reporter Mike Causey’s Federal Diary Saturday radio show.

Before starting his federal government career, Mr. McHugh served three years in the U.S. Army.

Mr. McHugh was a graduate of Stonehill College in Massachusetts and a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Massillon.

He is survived by his wife, Lois McHugh; children, Lynn (Paul) Scanlon, Kevin (Talia) McHugh, and Laura McHugh; and by grandchildren, Sean and Kevin Scanlon; his sisters, Mary Bartlo and Cathleen Patton.

Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.

Memorials may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Capital Campaign or Montgomery Preservation Inc., 8100 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. 20903, for the preservation of the train station.

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