In Memorium – Mike Hughes 1941-2011

Sadly my father, Mike Hughes of Wythall T’ai Chi passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning, 19th May 2011. Michael loved his t’ai chi and the many friends he has made. If you wish to pass on your condolences please contact me, Alex, at and I’ll let you know details of the funeral arrangements, or you can leave a comment below.


Mike’s funeral service will be held at Robin Hood Cemetery and Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 3NL on Friday 27th May at 3.30pm. (map) Family flowers only. Donations to the Woodland Trust or the British Heart Foundation are welcomed via Thomas Bragg and Sons Ltd. All of Mike’s friends are welcome to join us at the reception to be held following the service at Wythall House and Park, 52 Silver Street,Wythall, Birmingham B47 6LZ (map).


Note: this post originally appeared on my father’s website for his Tai-chi class – – which I no longer run, so have archived this post, and the kind comments below from his friends at the class.

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15 comments on “In Memorium – Mike Hughes 1941-2011”

  1. rachel Reply

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss he will be greatly missed by all of us.
    He was always full of life and fun and has been a great support to me personally over the years.
    I will miss him and his smile, his warmth and his laughter.
    Lots of Love at this time
    Love Rachel

  2. Jason Reply

    I am saddened by this news and my condolences go out to you and your family. I will remember Mike for his warm heart, character and kindness and the fun times we had in the Tai Chi training hall and out.

  3. Andy Reply

    Mike was a great character and friend – I so enjoyed our chats whether it was about Tai Chi, canals or his love of archery. My condolences to you and your family. He was such a lovely person – I will miss him.

  4. Rowena Reply

    Mike was a kind and generous character. I shall remember all the great times, friendship and kind counsel. My thoughts to all his family

  5. Barrie Reply

    Mike was a very good friend and colleague, who’s support was second to none He enjoyed his training in the arts and i will miss his spirit and character alot.

    My deepest sypathy goes out to his wife, family and friends at this very sad time.

  6. Sharon Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mike and send my sincere condolences to you and your family. Mike was a real character, extremely generous with his time and his knowledge and we will miss him greatly.

  7. Hazel Reply

    I am sorry to hear this very sad news. My thoughts are with all his family and friends.

  8. Jane Reply

    My sympathies go out to Mike’s wife and his family. I knew Mike through Tai Chi where he was a generous teacher. I shall miss his large spirit and his smile.

  9. Mary Reply

    I am saddened to hear of Mike’s death. He was a very patient teacher, his help to me – a slow learner – was invaluable. My condolences to Gay and his family

  10. Jonathan Reply

    A man with a heart of gold, when you partnered up with Mike you always felt he’d made it his unstinting mission to help you along with the best counsel he was able.

  11. Teresa Reply

    I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to Gay and her family.
    Mike was a lovely man who always had a smile to welcome everyone and put them at ease, he will be sadly missed

  12. Joyce Reply

    My sympathy goes out to Mike’s wife and family,he will be sadly missed by family and friends. He was always ready with his helpful advice and adapted his teaching to whatever level he was working with.He gave you confidence. With his friendly smile, and looks,to me he was Father Christmas. He will always, in my thoughts, be Father Christmas.

  13. Gavin Reply

    To Mike’s family and friends please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. He was one of the most generous individuals I’ve had the pleasure to train with. I always knew I was going to have a enjoyable and fruitful time whether simply having a chat over cup of tea or practicing T’ai Chi.

  14. Louise Reply

    …the day brightens to crystal clear..we search the beaches for driftwood and pebbles, scour the horizon for elusive islands and pirate ships..the life and work of Barbara Hepworth is celebrated on TV and later we walk the quay as the little boats of Solva harbour are floated on the high tide…
    How lovely that happy memories of a recent holiday should evoke your presence Mike- Thank you Mr Hughes for always brightening our days!
    With much love to you and your family Gay at this sad time. x

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