Former Moretrench Executive Vice President Michael M. McHugh passed away suddenly on Friday, August 3rd. He was 59 years old.
Mike McHugh was large in stature, with a personality and generosity of spirit to match. He gave of himself unstintingly, both in a professional and personal capacity, and touched the lives of so many along the way. Born and raised in Yonkers, New York, Mike chose to stay close to home, attending Manhattan College and joining Moretrench immediately after graduation in 1980. He was instrumental in growing the company’s business and client base in New York, setting up Moretrench’s Yonkers office in 2000 and running it until his appointment to Executive Vice President in 2015.
After his family, Mike’s passion was encouraging engineering students to grow and flourish in their chosen careers. He never passed up an opportunity to contribute to student-related events and programs. He served as co-chair of Manhattan College’s mentoring program and was a member of its Advisory Board for the Civil Engineering Department. He was a Trustee of the Moles, a long-time integral part of the education committee, and committed to the organization’s objective of attracting students to a career in heavy construction. He was also an ACE mentor, a member of several committees for the General Contractor’s Association of New York (GCA), and past president and director of the Lower Hudson Valley branch of ASCE.
Mike’s dedication to giving back was also reflected in his community involvement. He was a Little League coach, a member and former President of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Westchester County, and served on the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, with his work honored with an Outstanding Service Award in 2017.
Mike was one of a kind – a gentle giant, a family man who made time to reach out the hand of friendship to countless people, an inspiration to tomorrow’s engineers, a supportive colleague, and always ready to play a round of golf for a good cause. He will be deeply missed, but we are all the better for having known him.
Mike is survived by his wife Valerie Lacey, children Michael Joseph and Caitlin McHugh, and stepchildren Paul, Andrew and Adam Jannicelli, as well as seven siblings.