Vern passed away peacefully surrounded with the love of his family on Wednesday 9 August 2023, aged 96 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Pat. Dearly loved father and father in law of Michael and Karla, Christine and Colin, Lynette, Neil and Nichelle, Denise and Rex and much loved second-dad of Susan. Treasured Grandad of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. A service for Vern will be held in The Lychway Chapel, 5 Roy St Palmerston North on Wednesday 16 August 2023 at 11.00am, followed by interment at the Kelvin Grove Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a donation made to Dementia New Zealand would be appreciated and may be left in the chapel entrance. Messages to the Hughes family C/- PO Box 1014 Palmerston North 4440.