ARROYO GRANDE, CA (BRAIN)—Ira Hughes, who started work at his bike shop when he was 12, died Thursday night of a brain tumor after a seven-month-long illness. Hughes was 58.
Hughes went to work for Joyce Cycle Center in 1965 and bought the store for $3,000 10 years later, changing the name to Ira's Bike Shop, according to an article published earlier this year on SanLuisObispo.com.
A funeral is planned for Friday at 11 a.m. at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery, according to a CaringBridge website maintained by his family. His daughter Tasha Hughes wrote that Ira passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side.
The Arroyo Grande City Council recently honored Hughes for his many years of community service.
His son Nathan is now running the shop, which will be closed Friday.