ADVENTURE

At 100, a World War II navigator looks back on ‘a good life’ of adventure

PLYMOUTH − Bob Hughes has certainly enjoyed a life filled with adventure.

“My father has always had so much energy and drive, a passion for life, which he exudes even at age 100,” his younger daughter, Alexia, says.

I recently listened to Hughes as he provided all the elements of a good story, speaking with confidence, candor and humor.

As interesting as it was, I was also impressed by how he handles the present − accepting both what it provides and what has been taken away.

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Legally blind due to glaucoma and macular degeneration, he is a resident of Newfield House, a nursing home overlooking Plymouth Harbor. He spends much of his time alone in his spacious room, well cared for, with an attentive family who call daily and visit often.

“We had some great experiences,” he said. “And now I take care of myself as much as I can. I can spend almost a whole day taking care of myself.”

Bob Hughes, 100, of Duxbury, was a lieutenant in the Eighth Army Air Force during World War II. He was a navigator on a B-24 Liberator and flew 33 missions over Europe.

Bob Hughes, 100, of Duxbury, was a lieutenant in the Eighth Army Air Force during World War II. He was a navigator on a B-24 Liberator and flew 33 missions over Europe.

In his youth, he believed “in hard work and whenever I got a job, I made it pay.”

His job took him, his wife, Jean, and their four children for long stays overseas.

Now, at 100, life has naturally slowed down.

Jean died in June 2020 at age 92 of Alzheimer’s disease, after also being cared for at Newfield House. His family includes two daughters, Alexia, of Pennsylvania, and Annette, of New Jersey; two sons, Glenn, of Florida,

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