Family pay tribute to dad ‘Shuggy’

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The family of Hugh Trench, who died suddenly after suffering a cardiac arrest, have paid tribute to the retired ice cream van driver.

Born in 1940, the son of Alex and Agnes Trench and younger brother to Alex, “Shuggy” was brought up in Newtongrange.

He left school at 15 and started working in the Lady Victoria mine. On moving workshops, his hearing became damaged due to the noise from the heavy machinery. That’s how the “Shuggy’s Buggy” ice cream van was created – he had been working weekends for his brother and sister-in-law, who already had an ice cream van, and when the chance to buy a van and the run in Woodburn came up he took it. For the next 32 years he was the proud owner of Shuggy’s Buggy.

While working at “The Lady” he met Fran at the Dalkeith Empress. Two years later they were married. He was 22 and Fran 21. They got their first home in Forth street. By 1965 they were living in Mayfield and Carol-Ann had come along, Three years later, by now living in Gorebridge, Lorraine arrived. The family spent more than 20 happy years there before moving to Broadhurst Road in Easthouses.

Shuggy worked long hours on the ice cream van but lived for Fran and his girls.

Eight years ago Shuggy’s health started to deteriorate and he was diagnosed with emphysema and had to have part of his lung removed. He endured a long stay in hospital and a period when Fran had to nurse him back to health.

Lorraine (45) told the Advertiser: “He’d think he was Tom Jones after a couple of Bacardis and acted like Del Boy while on the van. There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are that he’s died. Everyone that knew him loved him – he truly was one of a kind.”