In Memoriam: Hugh Slatery


Wizbang author Hugh Slatery, who published here as HughS, died suddenly Sunday evening. Hugh was 53 years-old, and is survived by his mother, his three children and their mother, two brothers, and a niece and five nephews.

Tuesday I received the following message from Danita Slatery:

On behalf of Hugh and my children I thank you all for your prayers and love. Needless to say we are in shock. Please pray for our children and peace in their hearts.

Hugh died Sunday at 7:35 pm. He had our children most of the week due to my mother being air lifted the Sunday before to U Of L hospital. I had all the children with me visiting my mother for the first time. Hugh had taken the children to church Sunday morning, then out to lunch and brought them to me. He was going to meet me half way between Louisville and Lexington around 6pm or so to get the children from me and I was returning to Louisville to spend two nights with my mother. Leaving later than we planned it was about 7 pm when I told the children we’d call their dad. My phone rings about two minutes later from Hugh…………It was a doctor in the ER at St Joe. Hospital. Hugh had given him the phone to call me. I went into the hallway and the doctor told me Hugh would be going to surgery. Hugh had called 911 from home, when he arrived at the hospital they realized that it was not a heart attack it was a rip in his aorta valve. I asked the doctor to put the phone up to Hugh’s ear. I told Hugh that we loved him and we are on our way………God is with you but we are coming right now………we love you.

I went back into mom’s room got my children and left. We got in the elevator and we all held hands and I prayed for Gods grace favor and protection. When we got in the car I told them that their daddy was in the hospital and that’s where we are headed to see him. About 10 minutes later I received the call that Hugh did not make it to surgery. I kept driving to the hospital without telling my children. When we arrived people were waiting for us. we were taken back into a room and all the doctors came in. Our oldest child was inconsolable……….please pray for my children………they love their daddy and he loved them.

Needless to say everyone of the authors at Wizbang is stunned and saddened. We’ve been in contact with Hugh’s family and have let them know how dearly we cared for Hugh and what a pleasure it has been to work with him here. They are all in our prayers.

Throughout the day we will be posting tributes, remembrances, and thoughts on Hugh’s life and sudden death. They will appear below this post, which will remain at the top of the site. There will be no other topics posted at Wizbang today. We invite you to monitor our blogrolled friends at the upper right side of the blog to follow other news topics.

Please be aware that Hugh’s family, including his children, and friends may be reading these posts and the comments. Some authors may choose not to open comments on their posts – that’s a personal choice that they will be allowed to make.

Related Posts From Other Wizbang Authors:

We’ve had a little time to think about this as a group and decieded that a series of individual memoriam posts that examine Hugh’s life and death would be enlightening and cathartic. I encourage you to read through the following entries.

Rick notes:

I’ve learned he was a gifted writer, someone who passionately expressed his opinions but with civility and integrity, a man who substantively backed up his assertions and who was unafraid to engage those who disagreed with him, all while remaining cordial and courteous.

Lori Byrd writes:

When I saw Hugh’s picture in Kevin’s post it took my breath away. He looks exactly like I would have imagined, only much more handsome. I found myself crying off and on yesterday — first for Hugh’s family and their loss, then over regret that I didn’t know more about Hugh while he was with us and that I didn’t take more time to let him know how much I admired his work.

Dan Karipides offers :

Someone told me at the time that you never get over it, you just get use to it. That’s about the most accurate advice I’ve ever been given.

DJ Drummond notes:

While we each brought unique talents and quirks to Wizbang, we all came to know each other, first as acquaintances, then friends, and finally as a kind of family. So our family has lot a member, and we will grieve for him, even as we celebrate the worth of his words and spirit.

Shawn Mallow writes:

His contributions were special. Always insightful, with fastidious confirmations, and, when needed, bolstered with a wit that could cut through steel.

Jay Tea gives Hugh the ultimate blogger tribute, one last bit of linkage. As he puts it:

From one blogger to another, a parting 21-click salute.

Kim Priestap talks about the significance of one piece that Hugh didn’t publish at Wizbang. She writes:

And when you think about it, Hugh’s one simple and spontaneous expression of pride and love for his little girl, a whole of 15 words, represents what truly matters in this world, doesn’t it?

As some have noted, Wizbang is poorer for Hugh’s passing, but we are – all of us – richer for the words he left us and the time we spent engaging with him. Hugh gave a piece of himself to each of us who read his words. That’s a gift that I will always treasure.

I’d like to send a special message to Hugh’s three children. As you can see from the outpouring here and the family and friends who are comforting you now, your father was a remarkable man. We thank you for sharing him, however briefly, with us in the forum. It was an honor for all of us here to call him a friend and collegue.

As the person who kicked off the day with this post, quoting heavily from Danita Slatery, I’ll end the day by pointing you to Comment #81 from Danita who was nice enough to stop by today, busy though she may be, to read your kind words.

Hugh’s full obituary is available at the Clark Legacy Center.

Donation Information
In honor of Hugh’s life and legacy, donations may be made in his name to the scholarship fund of Lexington Christian Academy, 450 West Reynolds Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40503, and/or to Hugh Slatery’s Childrens’ Eduction Fund at any Central Bank location in Lexington, KY.

Time To Carry On
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  • dee73

    Mrs. Slatery,

    God be with you till we meet again. One of my favorite hymns that gives me comfort during these unfortunate times. Stay strong for your children. My deepest sympathies. May God grant you comfort and solace in these hard times. From one mother to another, be strong and courageous.

  • Richard Romano

    My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

    Rest well, Hugh.

  • Sue

    My condolences to the Slatery family.

  • johngalt

    A great patriot, I will miss your posts. Condolences to his children and family.

  • So sorry to hear this sad news.
    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • MichaelC

    Stunned into silence and sorrow upon arriving at Wizbang this morning. My most heartfelt wishes for the Peace and Comfort of the Lord to be with the Slatery family. I deeply admired Hugh’s intellect and patriotism. His voice was unique and powerful and never failed to instruct and guide all who read his words.

    Thank you Mrs. Slatery for sharing him with us. We will pray for you and your family and we too will miss him here at Wizbang.

  • David Jacobson

    Mrs. Slatery, may you and your children find comfort in God’s love.

  • Steve Crickmore

    I first encountered HughS, on Wizbangblue where he provided much and consistent constructive criticism, always with a tone of civility, which he maintained on his new role as a post writer on this site. Wizbang will be the poorer for his passing.

  • rightsaidfred

    condolences to his family.

  • Stan

    I have been reading Wizbang for several years and have enjoyed all of authors that have posted here. So it was with great sadness and shock that struck me when I opened the site this morning and read of Hugh Slatery’s death.

    I enjoyed reading and commenting on his posts, when opportunity presented itself. The Hedly Lamarr post will be a classic and it was a great sense of timing that he would think of that title.

    I also send my condolences to his family and personal friends that knew this man in real life. May God bless him.

  • sarahconnor2

    Condolences to Hugh’s family and also the family of writers at Wizbang. I was very saddened to read about Hugh’s death. He was a great writer with both a sharp intellect and sharp wit. I am so sorry for his families’ loss.

  • Teresa in Fort Worth, TX

    The Slatery family will be in our family’s thoughts and prayers. I am glad that he was able to talk to his family one last time. Please know that there are more people than you will ever know who were touched by Hugh’s words and who are holding your family in their prayers through the coming days….

  • SteveP

    All my deepest sympathies to HughS’s family. 53 years old. So very young.

  • infidel

    All this universal praise speaks well of him.
    God bless the family and all of you at Wizbang who loved him.

  • Lee Ward

    My condolences to Mr. Slatery’s family and friends. Hugh raised his voice and spoke his mind with passion and eloquence. We are all poorer for his passing.

  • skh.pcola

    I always enjoyed Hugh’s commentary. Go with God, Hugh.

  • newton

    Good-bye, Hugh! You are a good man. You’re now in God’s Presence. You will be missed by all of us.

    My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. Especially, the children!

  • Shawn

    If a picture says a thousand words, his would all be of pure happiness.

    A bright, shining face, made so by the love of his family, and the touch of God.

    A poem which always touches me at times like these has always given me solace.

    Though it may be a common one, it still evokes a profound sense of comfort.

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am in a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the softly falling snow.
    I am the gentle showers of rain,
    I am the fields of ripening grain.
    I am in the morning hush,
    I am in the graceful rush
    Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
    I am the starshine of the night.
    I am in the flowers that bloom,
    I am in a quiet room.
    I am in the birds that sing,
    I am in each lovely thing.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there. I did not die.

    Goodbye, Hugh.


  • davidt

    Very saddening. RIP, HughS.

  • Sheik Yur Bouty

    Words fail.

    We are all poorer for the passing of this thoughtful, well spoken man.

    God’s grace and peace to all his family and loved ones.

    He will be missed, but many of us will see him someday in a place far better than this.

    Hugh, this is not goodbye. It is goodbye for now. See you soon, friend.


  • Mitchell

    I haven’t been here to wizbangblog in a long time due to 2 new additions to our little family (1 and 3 yo kids).

    I can only imagine how Hugh’s little boy feels to lose his daddy. I know my little guy always chirps up when I come home from work and that’s probably how it was for Hugh.

    God bless this family and look over them as they deal with this great, temendous loss.


  • Hugh will be missed.

  • JPO

    HughS’ opinions and insights will be sorely missed. He was one of my favorite bloggers at this sight.

    Condolences to his family for your great loss.

  • Pretzel Logic

    I can’t remember if I cried
    When I read about his widowed bride,
    But something touched me deep inside
    The day the blogging died.

  • I am at a loss. This blog has been a tremendous read for me, and we are all diminished by the loss of this great writer and thinker.
    My thoughts are with Hugh’s family and friends. His wit, and perspective, are already missed.

  • SillyPuddy


    RIP Hugh, you are missed.

  • Peter F.

    I’m so deeply and terribly sorry to hear this sad news. God, my heart goes out to his family–and especially his oldest.

    May the many blessings of God and His unending love and grace be with Hugh and the Slatery family.

  • Baron Von Ottomatic

    Condolences to the Slatery family. I don’t think any of us could believe – could even imagine – the news he had passed was actually true. I wish there were some way I could ease the pain you’re feeling right now. Just try to remember the good times and know that some day you’ll all be united again.

    Best Regards,

  • God, please be with Hugh’s family, give his wife and children the strength to handle this tragic loss.

    Hugh’s family is in my prayers. How tragic.

  • Danita Slatery

    What a blessing you all are………..Thank you for your heartfelt love for Hugh. I have been so busy with arrangements that I just had a chance to send Kevin the posting in the paper today. Much to my surprise I stumbled across this blog and all your kind and loving comments. WOW….you have warmed my heart. I don’t have the time to put everything together now but this will be a keepsake forever for my children. How to thank you is beyond impossible. I am thankful for technology that brings people close through kindred spirits.

    Prayer does everything……….and everything is PEACE, that surpasses all understanding. I thank you with a heart full of love. And on behalf of Hugh…..even though it’s not a guy thing……….He loved you!!! Trust me he is rolling his eyes now and is ready for me to sign off…….. But his laugh and love is with you….and always his opinion on politics!! God bless you my friends and thank you for your friendship to Hugh. Please keep my chidren in your prayers.

    Gods grace and love to you all.
    Danita Slatery

  • Prairie

    So very sorry to read this news, it certainly reminds us how fragile life can be. To echo the other posters, Hugh will be missed.

  • brownsuns

    RIP, Hugh. My condolences and prayers to your family.

  • James Cloninger

    Godspeed, Hugh.

  • apb

    What a shame – my condolences to the Slatery family and their friends.

  • TexBob

    Rest in Peace Hugh.

    Prayers on the way for your family.

  • My deepest condolences to his family, friends and loyal readers. He will be missed.

  • Stephen H.

    Dear Mrs. Slatery and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. May God Bless you and keep your family in His arms. Hugh was an eloquent writer.

  • I am saddened to hear of Hugh’s passing, buy am comfortable knowing he’s having a blast.

    I pray for God’s comfort for his family and loved ones.

  • Dave K

    I don’t follow this blog as I found it because of this post via Glenn Reynolds’ Instapundit.

    I just wanted to offer my prayers to Mr. Slatery’s family and friends as well as all of those who knew him or had that familiarity we sometimes seem to develop without even noticing on the internet.

    May he rest in peace and God grant his loved ones strength, peace and understanding.

  • Paul Hooson

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of the death of Hugh. His family has my prayers and best wishes. 53 is just too young to pass away. Sometimes life isn’t very fair.

  • Anonymous

    Good bye my friend.  A year has passed so quickly.  I look forward to seeing you again in our Father’s house.