On Sunday, September 18, Hugo Mesa, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away at home in Craftsbury surrounded by family. He was 82 years old.
Born in Colombia in 1940, Hugo was one of seventeen children. His family migrated to the US in the 50’s and Hugo made his way to Vermont over 30 years ago.
Hugo was known for his beautiful woodcarving. His passion started at a young age when he carved his father’s prized coffee plant and school desk. His nature-inspired artwork is scattered around the world, from Amsterdam to the Craftsbury Library. Hugo was a genuine spirit, brutally honest speaker, lover of inappropriate humor and SUGAR. An early riser, Hugo was one of the gang at early morning coffee at the C Village Store.
Hobbies included feeding his monster pet trout, shooting squirrels that tried to get in his bird feeder, bongos, fashionable hats, “plant enjoyment”, lawn art, and cheating at cards. Hugo honored his Colombian heritage by cooking up a slightly burned Sunday arepa breakfast for his family.
Up until his last breath, Hugo lived life his way – rejecting his hospice bed (and all other helpful supplies), never using his blinker or seatbelt, and wearing wool socks year round. His quirky spirit and deeply loving heart will be missed by many.
The Mesa Family will have a celebration at their home at 673 West Hill Rd in Craftsbury on Saturday, September 24 from 2-4 pm. All are welcome. Sweets will be provided. In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able make a donation to NPR.