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 Elton Allen Ashley

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Elton Allen Ashley

Birth
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Jan 1999 (aged 77)
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Rochester, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 94238452 View Source
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ACUSHNET ~ Elton A. Ashley 77 of Acushnet, died unexpectedly at home Monday January 4, 1999. He was the husband of Susan H. (Wilbur) Ashley and the son of the late Allen C. and Ida (Snell) Ashley.
Born in Rochester, he grew up in New Bedford and Fairhaven. He graduated from Fairhaven High School, where he was an outstanding athlete, excelling in baseball and football. He played semi-professional baseball for the Falcons of Fairhaven.
Mr. Ashley was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS Forrest, where he saw active duty in the European and Pacific theaters. He received several honors and medals, including the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism at Okinawa Gunto.
After moving to Acushnet in 1952, Mr. Ashley became active in town affairs. He served as town moderator for two years and as a selectman for 17 years. During that time, he was chairman of the Acushnet Elementary School building committee, the committee to build a fire station at Long Plain, and the charter committee to re-establish Boy Scout Troop 37 at Long Plain.
The late A.P. Stuart Gilmore, former town moderator, once described Mr. Ashley as "a man of high principles, integrity and strength of character."
Mr. Ashley worked at Acushnet Process for 22 years, was production control manager at Payne Cutlery for 10 years and owned and operated Ashley's Service Centers in New Bedford before his retirement in 1986. He continued to work, however, until his death.
He and his wife celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary July 29.
Mr. Ashley was a member of the Long Plain United Methodist Church in Acushnet; the American Legion Acushnet Post 265; the Veterans of Foreign Wars Thomas E. Tuttle Post 7239 in Acushnet and the Tin Can Sailor's Club in Fall River. He was president of the Massachusetts Selectmen's Association.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, four sons, a sister, a brother, an aunt, 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late June Westgate.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Friday at Seaman's Bethel, New Bedford.
Arrangements are by the Kirby Funeral Home, 61 Tarkiln Hill Road, New Bedford.


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