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Essex Junction - Hubert "Hugh" Pfingst, 74, passed away Nov. 30, 2018 at the McClure-Miller Respite House in Colchester, VT due to cancer. He was born May 21, 1944 in Hackensack, NJ to Ludwig and Norma Hoverman Pfingst. He grew up in Nanuet, NY and graduated in the very first class from then named Nanuet Jr/Sr High School. Hugh graduated from Miami University, Oxford Ohio, and from the University of Vermont. He taught school in Hamilton, Ohio and in Burlington, VT. In addition, he also taught driver's education for years as well as driving for Vermont Transit and Premier Coach bus companies during summer vacations, holidays and special events.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years Pauline Coon Pfingst, son David and daughter-in-law Christina Pfingst, of Milton, VT, son Jason and daughter-in-law Renee and grandson Joe Pfingst of Winslow, ME. His stepdaughter Pam and her husband Rich Gerardi and their children Jacob and Nicole of Port Orange, FL. His stepdaughter Debbie and her husband Michael McGirr and their children Michael Jr, Christopher, and Kaitlyn of Fayetteville, NC. His brother Gunther and wife Maryanne Pfingst of Honesdale, PA. As well as many sister & brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews. Also surviving are life-long friends John Clausen, Michael and Nancy Simmons, and David Coulter.
Hugh was pre-deceased by his parents and by his brother and sister-in-law Dieter and Renie Pfingst.
Hugh enjoyed great times and many great memories as a member of the band and special chorus in high school as well as being a member of the Sea Scouts in his youth. Hugh loved being a teacher and cared deeply about his students. While driving bus, he enjoyed meeting new people and hearing of their travels. Hugh enjoyed several years helping others as an EMT on Essex Rescue. In later years, Hugh and Polly loved to travel and visit family. Anyone who knew Hugh, knew of his love of books and reading. It was a love he gladly passed on to his son Jason.
No services are planned at this time. Donations in his name can be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.
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I am so sorry to hearing of the passing of Hugh. I am a graduate of Burlington High School class of 1980 and he was one of my favorite teachers. Additionally I worked in the baggage room at Vermont Transit. He was a man who cared deeply for his students and who was always very supportive. RIP
Pawleys Island SC
Gregg Evans - Friday February 15, 2019 via Condolence Message
I was shocked and so sad to hear of Hugh's passing. I taught with him for years at BHS. He was a caring teacher, a supportive colleague and a great person. I always enjoyed our social conversations and the collaborative work we did for our students. I extend my thoughts and prayers to his family.
Diana Langston - Sunday February 10, 2019 via Condolence Message
You may have retired a number of years ago, but we have not forgotten the good work you did when you were among our ranks.
Burlington High School Faculty and Staff - Saturday December 29, 2018 via Memorial Tree
I was Mr. Phingst’s student at BHS many years ago. He was one of my favorite teachers. I loved his sense of humor. My condolences to his family and friends.
Nancy Guilbert - Friday December 28, 2018 via Condolence Message
I am very sorry to learn of Hugh’s death. I taught with him at Burlington High School and often shared a ride to work with him from Essex Jct. He was a good person and I know he will be missed.
Terry Tamyayo - Friday December 28, 2018 via Condolence Message
So saddened to hear of Herb's passing. He was a good man!
Frances Brock - Friday December 21, 2018 via Condolence Message
I taught with Hugh in the History Department at Burlington High School--he joined very shortly after me and frequently reminded me of the fact. A very likeable person, well liked by peers and students. I am sure his family will miss him--I am sorry for your loss.
Sally Kalinoski - Friday December 21, 2018 via Condolence Message
I was saddened to learn of Hugh's passing. He was a great colleague and friend during our 40 years as Burlington High School teachers.
John Cane - Monday December 17, 2018 via Condolence Message
I am very sorry for your loss. Although the pain is great now, the Bible points us to a future time, when God will destroy death and it’s stings. “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) Death will be so far removed from mankind that it will not even be called to mind. As for those now sleeping in death, they will be brought back to life, and have the prospect of living forever in paradise on earth. (John 5:28,29)
LJ - Sunday December 09, 2018 via Condolence Message
So sorry for your loss Polly. Hugh and I worked together for a number of years.
Ed Campbell - Thursday December 06, 2018 via Condolence Message