Ernest (Ernie) Ashbridge Jr., 82, of Shavertown passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family.
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Born Nov. 27, 1930, in Nanticoke, he was the son of the late Ernest Sr. and Mary Jane Knowles Ashbridge.
Ernest attended Garrison Memorial High School in Shickshinny; Wilkes College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration; the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and the New Jersey Bankers Data Processing School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1949 to 1953 as a medic corpsman second class on troop transport ships. He received the Navy Good Conduct Medal and the Asia Navy Occupation Medal. Before retiring in 1994, he worked as the vice president and controller for the Hanover Bank of Pennsylvania for 41 years. Following his retirement he became a licensed auctioneer, conducting estate appraisals and sales.
Throughout his adult life, Ernest had a passion and commitment to serve his local community and he worked to support and improve numerous public and charitable agencies. His time and energy was shared with the following: Hanover Green Cemetery Association, Back Mountain Library Board, Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis, Landmark Lodge 442 F&AM, Bloomsburg Consistory, Irem Temple and the Arab Patrol, Kingston Township Police Pension Fund, Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 Board, West Side Vocational Technical School Board, Dallas School Board for 32 years where he served in the past as president for two consecutive terms, and the Shavertown United Methodist Church. He also worked as an instructor for banking principles for the American Institute of Banking and as a part-time instructor of Banking at the Luzerne County Community College. In 2012, Ernest celebrated 55 years of volunteering at the Back Mountain Library auction, where he served as a long-standing member of the library antiques committee and as chairman of the antiques auction for many years.
Besides his family, Ernest's interests also included antique collecting and appraisals and travel.
Ernest is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, the former Betty Lewis, RN; a son, Ernest Ashbridge III and his wife, Donna, Berwick; a daughter, Robin Carson and her husband, Jeffrey, West Chester; and three grandchildren whom he cherished, Ernest Andrew Ashbridge, A.J. Carson and Amanda Carson. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Phillips, New Hope; a sister-in-law, Jane Gilbert Lewis, Wyoming; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral and interment services will be held privately at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. Lynn Snyder officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. April 19 at Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.
The family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, monetary donations in Ernest's memory be made to the Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.
The family wishes to acknowledge the physicians, nurses and ancillary staff of the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Cancer Center and the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for the wonderful care he received. Special thanks to the nurses Denise and Heather of the Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 12, 2013