Don Gatward, Len Lavender, Doug Simmonds and Jamie Stephen put together the memorial bench for Gordon and Alma Hughes. The bench in the Chemainus United Church garden was dedicated on Sunday, Nov. 8. (Photo submitted)

Don Gatward, Len Lavender, Doug Simmonds and Jamie Stephen put together the memorial bench for Gordon and Alma Hughes. The bench in the Chemainus United Church garden was dedicated on Sunday, Nov. 8. (Photo submitted)

Bench dedicated to famous Chemainus couple

Gordon and Alma Hughes were much-loved members of the community

Gordon and Alma Hughes were well-known in the community for their dancing prowess and many other attributes.

Gordon died in 2019 and Hughes in 2017. Their memories will now live on with a bench dedicated in their honour in the garden of the Chemainus United Church.

Both were active in the United Church and their outstanding dancing was frequently showcased at the Chemainus 55+ Activity Centre. Gordon was a Second World War veteran and carried the Canadian flag on many Remembrance Days.

The bench was a gift from the church, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 191 and their many friends in Chemainus.

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Nameplate on the bench that pays tribute to Alma and Gordon Hughes. See Page 8.

Nameplate on the bench that pays tribute to Alma and Gordon Hughes. See Page 8.

The bench dedicated to Alma and Gordon Hughes. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The bench dedicated to Alma and Gordon Hughes. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Dedication of the Alma and Gordon Hughes bench at the Chemainus United Church, presided over by Rev. Elise Feltrin and accompanied by the Royal Canadian Chemainus Legion 191 colour party. (Photo by Helen Stephen)

Dedication of the Alma and Gordon Hughes bench at the Chemainus United Church, presided over by Rev. Elise Feltrin and accompanied by the Royal Canadian Chemainus Legion 191 colour party. (Photo by Helen Stephen)

Canadian flag is lifted to uncover a bench dedicated to Alma and Gordon Hughes at the Chemainus United Church. (Photo by Helen Stephen)

Canadian flag is lifted to uncover a bench dedicated to Alma and Gordon Hughes at the Chemainus United Church. (Photo by Helen Stephen)

Gordon Hughes was a decorated Second World War vet. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Gordon Hughes was a decorated Second World War vet. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Gordon Hughes, centre, enjoyed singing with the Centremen Songsters choir. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Gordon Hughes, centre, enjoyed singing with the Centremen Songsters choir. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus United Church board chair Jamie Stephen says a few words during the dedication of the Alma and Gordon Hughes bench. (Photo by Helen Stephen)

Chemainus United Church board chair Jamie Stephen says a few words during the dedication of the Alma and Gordon Hughes bench. (Photo by Helen Stephen)

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