In remembrance: John A. ‘Jack’ Hughes, Jan. 21, 1947 – Jan. 23, 2014

The NASC is very sorry to announce the death of Jack Hughes, past chairman of the NASC Board of Directors. Jack was an integral leader in the sports tourism industry and will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know and work with him.

After a brief and courageous battle with cancer, Jack passed away in his sleep on January 23, 2014 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida with his loving and dedicated wife Janice at his bedside. Please keep his family in your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.

A Memorial Service will be at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 10am on Saturday, January 25th.

Jack’s wish was to send your support to the Gainesville Fisher House, in lieu of flowers:

Gainesville Fisher House
5106 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605


The NASC Executive Committee and Staff at Columbus Blue Jackets game in January 2006. Front row (l to r): Lori Gamble, Beth Hecquet, and Linda Logan. Back row (l to r): Bill Hanson, Rick Hatcher, Jack Hughes, and Don Schumacher.

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11 Responses to “In remembrance: John A. ‘Jack’ Hughes, Jan. 21, 1947 – Jan. 23, 2014”

  1. John Giantonio Says:

    One of the good guys. Thanks Jack for all your help in my career.

  2. Mark Beale Says:

    So sorry to hear this. RIP Jack, you will be missed.

  3. John Gibbons Says:

    A great leader, friend and mentor to all who crossed his path!

  4. Christy Raley Says:

    This is such sad news to hear. He was always a welcoming face at a conference and a wealth of knowledge to our industry. He will surely be missed by the SportsEvents team and I’m sure so many others across the country. Prayers of strength and healing to all of his family and friends.

  5. Dominique P Says:

    We loss an incredible leader, mentor and most of all friend. Prayers to the family.

  6. Ed Carnathan Says:

    Jack was one of the first people I met when I started in this business. He was always available for advice, via the phone, e-mail or in person. Our industry lost one of the best.

  7. Josie O'Donnell Says:

    Jack was 100% available to me when I was working to grow the Sports Market for Fort Wayne. I was new to that market yet he kindly shared a wealth of expertise in a way that didn’t make me feel like I was wasting his time. He made my life better and I’m glad I knew him.

  8. DMcgraw Says:

    Jack was a great guy who will be missed by many of his colleagues in the sports commission industry. I have been following him on FB for the past year or two and am happy that he found love again and always seemed very happy, even though he was going through his health problems. Prayers are with all of his family. I was proud to know him and serve together on the NASC Board. RIP Jack.
    Diane McGraw

  9. Mike Guswiler Says:

    I was shocked and saddened when I saw this in the NASC ‘Get in the Game’ blog. Like the comments left by others, Jack was one of the first NASC members who guided me through many aspects of NASC and the industry as our sports commission got it’s start. He will be truly missed! RIP Jack

  10. Talty O'Connor Says:

    Our industry has lost a great leader and mentor to so many. Our deepest condolences to Janice and the entire family. Jack may be gone from us, but never forgotten. RIP my friend.

  11. Sally Johnson Says:

    Jack was a great leader and mentor to many in the sports events industry. He will be greatly missed but his legacy lives on forever.
    Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS)

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