Owner of Ira's Bike Shop in Arroyo Grande dies at age 58

Ira Hughes works in his shop in the Village of Arroyo Grande a few years ago.
Ira Hughes works in his shop in the Village of Arroyo Grande a few years ago.

Ira Hughes, the longtime owner of Ira’s Bike Shop in the Arroyo Grande Village, died Thursday night, about seven months after flu-like symptoms and a persistent headache prompted a trip to the hospital, where a brain tumor was detected.

A memorial for Hughes, 58, is planned for Friday at 11 a.m. at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery, 895 El Camino Real, said longtime friend Tim Moore.

Hughes owned Ira’s Bike Shop on Bridge Street since 1975, though he started working there 10 years earlier, at the age of 12. He graduated from Arroyo Grande High in 1971.

He was recently given a proclamation by the Arroyo Grande City Council in honor of his many years of community service, including as a member of the city’s Downtown Parking Advisory Board. Hughes last week was also given an award for 50 years of service to the Boy Scouts.

Hughes is survived by his wife, Joey, and children, Nolan and Tasha.

On Sunday, Tasha Hughes posted a note online at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/irahughes, writing that her father died peacefully at home with his family by his side.

“While we are all saddened by this loss those of us who were with him until the end know that he is happier now,” she wrote. “As a family we cannot begin to express (without shedding a bunch of tears) how touched we have been over the past seven months. We knew everyone loved Ira but so many of you made such incredible contributions of your own time, energy and love to our family.”

Many cards and flowers were dropped off at the bike shop over the weekend, Moore said. He and Kenny Hallmark, who co-manages the shop with Nolan Hughes, are currently staffing the shop. It is open regular hours but will be closed all day Friday.