DAVID MACOMBER ASHLEY

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DAVID MACOMBER ASHLEY - WESTFORD - David Macomber Ashley, 76, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, 2013. David was born in Taunton, Mass., on May 13, 1936, the son of Herbert Macomber and Clara Frances (Munroe) Ashley. He graduated from Dighton High School as a Junior, and enrolled at Yale University where he received his undergraduate degree in 1956 and his Architectural Degree from Yale University Architectural School in 1958. On June 16, 1956, he married Sandra Wiggin in Hamilton, Mass. He had worked as an Architect at Freeman French Freeman for 53 years, retiring on his birthday in 2011. Dave was very active and enjoyed hiking, skiing, gardening, puzzles, singing, playing the piano, and bass horn. He also was director of the Bells of St. James, a member of the St. James Choir, the VT Choral Union, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Westford/Fairfax/Fletcher Band, Enosburg Town Band, Sterling Weed's Imperial Orchestra and the Mad Bavarians. David is survived by his loving wife of over 56 years, Sandra Ashley of Westford; their children, Eric Kimball Ashley and wife, Lisa Limoge, of Lyons, Colo., Stuart Chase Ashley and wife, Christina, of Westford, Elizabeth Ashley O'Connor and husband, Timothy, of Lafayette, Colo., Cynthia Ashley Shepard and husband, Gerald H. Shepard Jr., of Grand Isle, and Jonathan Briggs Ashley and wife, Janelle, of Whiting; grandchildren, Gabe, Travis, Lauren, Martine, Katie, Matthew, Hannah, Ben, Julia, Nicholas, Jacob, Wyatt, Silas, David and Jarrod; great-grandson, Brayden; sister, Jean Harmon and husband, Robert, of Berkley, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Charles. A funeral service will be held at the St. James Episcopal Church in Essex Junction on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at 10 am. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton. Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Drive, Williston, VT 05495.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 25, 2013
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