May 14, 1956 — Oct. 14, 2021 (age 65)
WARREN — Raleigh C. Hughes III, 65, affectionately known as “Mr. Big” or “Rollo," went to be with the lord Oct. 14.
If a man is measured by the number of friends he has, then Raleigh is the richest man in Trumbull County. If you have been transported by ambulance in the past 40 years, there is a good chance you met “Mr. Big."
The only thing larger than his presence was his heart.
A proud West Sider for most of his life, he was a graduate of Warren Western Reserve High School.
Mr. Big entered Public Service at the age of 18. He was one of the first pioneers in the field and helped bring EMS to Trumbull County.
He graduated from Akron General Hospital’s Paramedic program and worked at Medstar Ambulance and various fire departments throughout the county.
He helped start the EMS Program at the Brookfield Fire Department from which he retired.
He also served as union president of IAFF local 3443.
He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Kristin (Justin) Koper; his granddaughter ,Emma Margaret Koper; his sister, Jodi (Bob) Thompson; his nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Kelly Bryant.
Preceding him death were his father, Raleigh C. Hughes Jr.; and his mother, E. Maxine Hughes.
Services will be held Monday (Oct. 25) at 10 a.m. at the Packard Music Hall. Calling hours will be Sunday (Oct. 24) from 2 to 5 p.m. at Packard Music Hall and one hour preceding the services.
Memorial contributions may take the form of contributions to Akron Children’s Burn Center or the Brookfield Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
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