Obituary: Lawrence F. McHugh, Jr., 90

Lawrence F. McHugh, Jr., age 90 of Reading on January 11, 2022. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy A. (Freeman) McHugh. Loving father of Kathleen Tucker and her husband Carlton of Bristol, RI, Lawrence F. McHugh, III and his wife Lee of North Chelmsford, MA, Robert and his wife Karen of Telluride, CO, Shaun and his wife Beth of Boston, MA, Patricia of Alexandria, VA and Brian and his wife Kathleen of St. Louis, MO.

Also survived by six grandchildren — Michael Tucker and his wife, Rachel, Devon McHugh, Caitlin Tucker, Kelly, Lizzie and Leeanne McHugh. Brother of William McHugh of Acton, Thomas of Wakefield and the late Claire Duffy, Mary McCabe and Eileen Sorenson. Also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

Larry was the founder and president of Mark Lawrence Photographers, Inc. with portrait studios located in Haverhill, MA and Nashua and Londonderry, NH. He served for many years as treasurer of the Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts and was also active in politics and was the former chairman of the Reading Democratic Town Committee.

Larry was a native of Arlington, MA, and a member of the Class of 1949 at Arlington High School. During the Korean War he served as a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Infantry. Over the years Larry became passionate about genealogy and documented an extensive genealogical collection of relatives and ancestors of his children, including the names of over 4,000 relatives.

Larry and Dotty enjoyed many wonderful trips to Ireland, Scotland and Nova Scotia to meet those relatives and encouraged their family to do the same, sometimes employing wacky capers to make it fun. Larry also became passionate about running in his fifties and participated in road races until his seventies. He enjoyed skiing, biking, rooting for his New England Patriots, planning his high school reunions and dancing. Indeed, Larry and Dotty were usually the first ones on the dance floor at any wedding.

In the McHugh family’s efforts to keep everyone healthy, the funeral and burial will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring for family and friends. Donations may be made in Larry’s memory to Angel Flight NE at

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