"When I reflect on my family and friends, I am lifted up in celebration" Maya Angelou|
Chuck Ashcroft, 88, passed away on July 18, 2013.
Born in South Pasadena, California, he was preceded in death by parents, Charles Harold and Miriam Burgess Ashcroft. The big band leader who married the opera singer recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary with all of their children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen and children, Ann (Charles) Anderson, Rick (Corrine) Ashcroft, Robert (Kristina) Ashcroft, Kathleen Ashcroft, Carol McIntosh and Christine Ashcroft. Additionally, he is survived by grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth, Molly, Tess, Nathan, Will, Chuck, Ben, Ketzalli and great-grandchild, Henry. He is also survived by his sister, Dolly Mc Donald and known as Uncle Chuck to Steve, Doug, LuAnn, Ellen, Terry, Sharon, Mary, Michael and Rachel.
Chuck attended The University of Southern California and was a veteran of World War II, serving as an Air Force photographer in the 456th Bomb Group. After the war he played the string bass and led the "Chuck Croft Band". His professional career with the Cabot Corporation began in 1958 and he retired as national accounts manager in 1988. After retirement, Chuck became president of the Akron SCORE chapter, poll worker for Summit County Precinct 8H, greeter for Hummel Funeral Homes and transportation "specialist" for Ganley Mercedes-Benz.
His greatest joy was his family. He loved playing golf and fishing, but more importantly, he loved all of the friendships that he made throughout his life.
The family is grateful to the entire staff of the Justin T. Rogers Care Center on Ridgewood Road for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of his mother and brother-in-law James Mc Donald or the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Justin T. Rogers Care Center.
The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Road, Copley, Ohio 44321. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Hilary Church on Monday, July 22nd at 9:30 a.m. burial will follow at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Please visit www.hummelcares.com where memories and condolences may be shared.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from July 20 to July 21, 2013