ASHFORD, Donald R. “Don” of St. Thomas, formerly of Mapleton and Belmont, passed away peacefully at VON Sakura House, Woodstock on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, in his 71st year. Beloved husband for 50 years to Carol (nee McCartney) Ashford. Dearly loved father of Denise Finlayson (Scott) of Calgary, AB, Blair Ashford (Karen) of St. Thomas, and Ryan Ashford (Rachelle) of Ottawa. Cherished grandfather of Faith, Nerissa, Liam, Sean, Sadie, and William. Dear brother of Jean Nurse of London, Marguerite Foster (Dale) of Bowmanville, and Bernice Ufnal of Pickering. Also fondly remembered by his mother-in-law, Ilene McCartney of Halifax, NS, sister-in-law, Anne Richelle, and brother-in-law, David McCartney (Betty) of Deep River, as well as several nieces and nephews. Born in Weston, ON, October 30, 1944, he was the son of the late Robert and Thelma (nee Southall) Ashford. Don and his wife Carol formerly owned and operated Ashford Lamps Ltd. He was a member of Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas. Don was a Charter President of the Optimist Club of Belmont. His interests included woodworking, gardening, antiquing, renovating and yoga. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, October 23rd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A service to celebrate Don’s life will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, 55 Southwick St. (at Wellington St.), St. Thomas on Saturday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m. Inurnment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park. If so desired, memorial donations to Trinity Anglican Church or VON Sakura House will be appreciated.
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