Ernest "Ernie" Ashbridge Jr., 82, of Shavertown, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Born Nov. 27, 1930 in Nanticoke, he was a son of the late Ernest Sr. and Mary Jane Knowles Ashbridge. Ernest attended the Garrison Memorial High School in Shickshinny, Wilkes College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science 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 community and he worked to support and improve numerous public and charitable agencies. His time and energy was shared with the following groups: Hanover Green Cemetery Association, Back Mountain Library Board, Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis, Landmark Lodge No. 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 and 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 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. In addition to 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; son, Ernest Ashbridge III and his wife, Donna, Berwick; daughter, Robin Carson and her husband, Jeffrey, West Chester, Pa.; three grandchildren whom he cherished, Ernest Andrew Ashbridge, A.J. Carson and Amanda Carson; sister, Mary Phillips, New Hope, Pa.; sister-in-law, Jane Gilbert Lewis, Wyoming; and many nieces and nephews.
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 Ernest received. Special thanks are given to nurses Denise and Heather of Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice.
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 the 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.
Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, Inc.
2940 Memorial Highway
Dallas, PA 18612
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 12, 2013