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Richard W. Ashley
  • In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard's memory to the Augustus P. Gardner, American Legion Post #227, 69 River St., Middleton, MA 01949

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“So sorry for your loss. Dick was a great man and wonderful friend to our family. He has made us laugh, cried with us and very caring. He is now...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Ann wallace - lynn, MA - Friend

“We are so blessed to have been friends with Dick . Many, many fond memories will be shared in years to come. God rest your soul our friend and bless...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Amy& Mike DeTour Sr - Shin Pond, ME

sister and brother////////////// “Uncle Richie, So many memories, how do you choose? He was a one of a kind, always in the middle of fun!!!! Skating on the river with the water...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: denise carye - lynnfield, MA

Richard and Irene “We will miss you so much Dad. Wayne and I thank you for the memories, laughter and all the wonderful times we spent together. Although we cannot...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Wayne & Karen Ashley - Kenduskeag, ME

“I am very sorry for your loss, and also relieved that Uncle Ritchie can now rest in peace. I have many happy memories spending time with Ritchie's...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Kim Taralli - Londonderry, NH

MIDDLETON - Mr. Richard W. Ashley, 86, of Middleton, beloved husband of the late Irene (Yonge) Ashley, died Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Lahey Medical Center, Burlington following a brief illness.

Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late John W. and Grace E. (Ballard) Ashley. Raised and educated in Lynn he was a graduate of Lynn English High School where he excelled in sports and was the Captain of the football team.

An honorably discharged veteran of the Korean War, Richard proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army.

Mr. Ashley had been employed for most of his life as a tunnel worker in the construction industry, working on many projects in and around Boston including the Big Dig. He was a member of the Tunnel Workers Union Local #88.

A longtime resident of the Town of Middleton, Richard enjoyed a lifelong love of football and being outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending his winters in Florida. He loved to drive with his devoted canine companion Scrappy and together they enjoyed many adventures together.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Richard will be deeply missed.

Richard is survived by his sons, Alan Ashley and his wife Gail of Carmel, Maine and Wayne Ashley and his wife Karen of Kenduskeag, Maine, four grandchildren, Travis Ashley, Jared Ashley and his wife Sarah, Jason Ashley and his wife Andrea and Nichole Ashley, three great grandchildren, Piper Ashley, Peter Ashley and Xander Crosby, his sister-in-law, Dorothy Ellison of New Hampshire and many nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte 62) Danvers, Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours prior to the service from 9 to 11 A.M. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Richard's memory to the Augustus P. Gardner, American Legion Post #227, 69 River St., Middleton, MA 01949. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit