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Everett M. Ashworth

1924-2012 CAMBRIDGE, NY Everett M. Ashworth of Cambridge passed away at the Vermont Veterans Home on Monday, December 17, 2012.

Mr. Ashworth was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on January 28, 1924 to Everett and Marguerite (Hill) Ashworth, both formerly of the Cambridge area. He was the second of five children, one of whom died in infancy. The family moved several times, eventually settling in Harmon, N.Y. Through the Depression, family vacations were spent on the Moses Hill farm between Cambridge and Greenwich. He graduated from Croton-Harmon High School in 1941 and entered Lehigh University. After his second year of college, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was assigned to the bomber crew training program. When the Air Corps became oversubscribed, Mr. Ashworth was appointed briefly to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and then was assigned as an infantry training officer. Following the conclusion of WWII, he returned to Lehigh, receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1947.

Mr. Ashworth joined the mechanical engineering department of Ingersoll-Rand after college. He and Margaret (Meg) Miller were married in August 1947. In 1950, they moved to Cambridge where Mr. Ashworth was employed at Beadle's GLF (later Agway) feed and farm supply store. In 1958, Mr. Ashworth purchased the feed business. He drew on his education to provide customers with practical applications of mechanical refrigeration in formerly water cooled milkhouses and he custom designed and installed bulk feed storage bins. He sold the feed business in 1964 and returned to mechanical engineering with Simmons Machine in Menands, NY. About a year later, he became an instructor in the Mathematics department at Hudson Valley Community College. At HVCC in 1972, he developed the first system of computers for students. He remained instrumental in keeping HVCC academic computing up-to-date until his retirement in 1991. He tutored local students in math and provided transportation to HVCC for several Cambridge area students.

In civic affairs, Mr. Ashworth served as a Town of White Creek assessor. He was elected to two terms on the Cambridge Central School Board of Education. He also was one of the founding members of the group that purchased the former Asgrow seed complex in Cambridge and returned it to productive use in the community as VARAK Park.

During retirement, Mr. Ashworth enjoyed fishing with friends and family. He became an accomplished woodworker and especially delighted in figuring the geometry and fabricating wood stair stringers for a few local builders. He loved his wife and family, taking particular joy in both teaching and learning from his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Everett Bruce.

He is survived by his wife; children Jeffrey (Bonnie) of Quincy, Mass., Joan Dwyer (Terry) of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Beth Wenzel (Paul) of Orlando, Fla.;, grandchildren Maryann and Elizabeth Ashworth, Taylor and Thomas Dwyer, Kyle, Tyler, and Caroline Wenzel, Amianne, Trevor, Hayley, and Gavin Ashworth; and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, John Lee Ashworth of Connecticut.

Services will be private. Memorial gifts may be made to the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, 37 Gilbert Street, Cambridge, NY 12816.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home. Please visit www.ackleyrossfuneralhome.com to share a memory or send a condolence.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 19, 2012
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