John was born in Toledo, Ohio on October 1, 1930, to James and Katherine McHugh. He attended St. Agnes Grade School, Central Catholic High School, and the University of Toledo. He married the former Kathleen "Connie" Feak on January 8, 1955.
John devoted his life to public service. He served as Jury Commissioner, Lucas County Recorder, Lucas County Treasurer, and as Mayor of the City of Toledo from 1990 to 1993. John was a former Chairman of the Lucas County Democratic Party, Past President of the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association, member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, and longtime member of AA. He loved to play golf and spend time with his family and friends. John spent many winters with his wife in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida where he served as a marshal at PGA National Golf Resort and Spa. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/toledoblade/obituary.aspx?n=john-mchugh&pid=174019045&fhid=27576#sthash.cf6UH628.dpuf