John Hudson and his wife had different shifts, both at work and at their Centereach home.
While Linda Hudson worked days as a Newsday collator, her husband -- known as Jack -- got their four daughters ready for school. In the afternoon, he picked them up and made their dinner before going to his job in the newspaper's pressroom.
Daughters Jaclyn, Desiree, Erica and Amanda developed a special bond with their father, who died Sunday at Stony Brook University Hospital, one week after suffering a heart attack. He was 56.
Jaclyn Hudson, 31, of Centereach, said her father had helped the sisters start a business by painting the hair salon they purchased together.
"He was considerate, he was a gentleman, he was a great father, he took care of all four of us," she said. "He was there for us whenever we needed anything -- anything at all."
In recent years, he had taken in a young relative and her mother, and cared for his wife after she had spinal surgery. "He loved my mom with all his heart," Jaclyn Hudson said.
Hudson joined Newsday on Dec. 13, 1976, and worked in the circulation department for several years before moving to the pressroom, where he spent most of his career at the paper, said press operations manager Richard Lizzi.
Hudson began in the department's apprenticeship program, then became a journeyman before being promoted to a supervisory position called person-in-charge, Lizzi said. In the latter role, Hudson managed a nine-person production crew responsible for maintaining more than 800 press rollers and 400 digital ink packs.
Hudson was a "consummate professional" who was instrumental in a 2011 press reconfiguration, Lizzi, of St. James, said.
"He was a quiet guy, but he was very confident," Lizzi said. "In a time of crisis, you could go to him."
In addition to his daughters, all of Centereach, Hudson is survived by his father, Edward of Holtsville; brothers Michael of Bohemia and Patrick of Farmingville; sisters Eileen Schooley of Oakdale, Maureen Bader of Smithtown and Margie Power of Holtsville; and a granddaughter, Aubrey Marx of Centereach. He was predeceased by his mother Maureen and a brother, Timothy.
Viewing is from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Moloney's Bohemia Funeral Home, 1320 Lakeland Ave., Bohemia. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Sayville. Burial is to follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Sayville.