Hugh Treanor

Obituary of Hugh Joseph Treanor

Venice FL – Hugh Treanor (Hughie), 81, of Venice Fl passed away on April 5, 2023 in Venice Fl.

Hugh was born to Irish immigrants Francis Treanor and Mary Bridgett O’ Sullivan Treanor on October 16, 1941 in Malden MA.

His Irish immigrant parents instilled in him a lifelong passion for education and adventure. Under their guidance Hugh Treanor became a professional educator with a career that spanned nearly six decades.   Hugh grew up in Malden MA, a tight knit community just north of the City of Boston.  His mother worked for the Converse Shoe Factory and his father worked for the Boston Gas & Electric company.   Growing up in Malden his family was active in their local community and always stressed the importance of faith, community, and education.  Hugh graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 1960.  Hugh travelled west to Colorado for college where he graduated with a BA in Education from Adams State College, now named Adams State University in Alamosa CO in 1964.

Hugh took his degree in Education and embarked in a career that started in 1964 at Atlantic City High School in Atlantic City, NJ.   While in New Jersey, Hugh taught Social Studies and Math to primarily inner-city students and shared with them his joy of teaching.  While in New Jersey, Hugh earned his M.A. in Education at Glassboro State College, now named Rowan University in 1967.  While Hugh was teaching full time and attending graduate school, Hugh was also the night manager of the famed Virginia Ave Movie Theater on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Hugh again furthered his education by moving to Morgantown, West Virginia and entered the Ed.D Doctorate program at West Virginia University.  Hugh focused his graduate work in Curriculum and Development and specialized in the emerging field of game theory and how to integrate gamification into the classroom setting.   Hugh graduated with his Doctorate in Education from West Virginia University in 1971 at the age of 29.

Hugh Treanor could have taken his Doctorate and pursue a myriad of career opportunities in the public or private sector, but chose instead, to return to his hometown of Malden MA where he began teaching at Brown Junior High School and then later at Malden High School.  He was a beloved and popular teacher by the hundreds of students that he helped to educate and mentor over the years.  Hugh continued to teach in the classroom until the end of 2019, when he was 79 years old, as a professional substitute teacher where he often taught at Lexington High School and Reading High School.  Hugh Treanor also taught at Framingham State University in Framingham MA and Lowell State College now named University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

Prior to his career in education, Hugh was one of the premier amateur athletes to come from New England in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

One of the last four sport high school athletes and was dubbed the “Iron Man from Malden” by the Boston Herald in 1960.  Hugh Treanor was a truly gifted multi-sport athlete that played at the highest levels of amateur sports nationally and was a highly sought recruit for both college and professional athletics.  In baseball, Hugh played catcher and was recognized as one of the best defensive catchers in amateur baseball at the time and was sought by both the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds.  In football, Hugh played both sides of the gridiron as an offensive and defensive lineman and received more than fifty college scholarship opportunities. In hockey, Hugh was an outstanding goalie and was regarded as one of the best American hockey players of his era.   He was offered an opportunity to tryout for the US Olympic Hockey team in 1960.  In indoor track, while playing hockey at the same time, he ran the iron man race of indoor track -- 600 yard dash and won most of the races he competed in.  Hugh’s athletic career was honored by being inducted in the original class of Malden Catholic Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.   

Hugh started several business ventures over the years including the Hugh Edwards Natural History Gallery, a popular store on Bearskin Neck in Rockport MA in the 1970s and 1980’s.

Preceding him in death was his parents Francis Treanor originally from County Armagh Ireland and Mary Bridgett O’Sullivan Treanor from County Cork Ireland and his brother Frank Treanor of Tewksbury MA; sister-in-law Jane Donnelly Treanor of Tewksbury MA; brother-in-law Fred Savage of Bay City MI; sister-in-law Patricia Savage of Bay City MI; brother-in-law Edward Savage of Cadillac MI; brother-in-law James Savage; sister-in-law Barbara Savage; brother-in law Robert Myslewski; sister-law Margie Myslewski; brother-in-law Robert Kalinowski; and sister-in-law Bernadette Kalinowski.

Hugh was the beloved husband to Catherine Savage Treanor originally from Bay City MI and were married for 58 years. 

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Catherine Savage Treanor of Venice Fl;  son Tim Treanor of Takoma Park MD and daughter Sheila Krupcheck of Danvers MA; daughter-in-law Regina LaBelle and son-in- law John Krupcheck; grandchildren Luke Treanor, Annabelle Krupcheck, Nicholas Krupcheck and Genevieve Krupcheck; Donovan and Ann Sanborn of Venice Fl; Peter Miceli and Mary Ellen Miceli of Maryville TN.

A memorial service for Hugh Treanor was held on Tuesday April 18, 2023 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Osprey Fl. 

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