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Obituary of Alan Oliver Ashby

Ashby, Alan Oliver


Alan Ashby , age 88, died in the early hours of August 5, 2018, at the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital in Smiths Falls.


Alan is survived by his wife of 66 years, Olive Ashby, of Merrickville; his son, Graham (Janet Anderson), of Merrickville; his daughter, Zoë (David Hoffman), of Smiths Falls; and his son Vernon, of Russell. He is preceded in death by his father, Oliver Ashby, of Ramsgate, Kent England; his mother, Grace Clackett, also of Ramsgate; and his sister, Phyllis Allum, of Richmond , Ontario. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren Skye, Robin, Adam, Nathan, and Charlotte and his great grandson Caio. Also greatly missed by his step-sister Margaret, and nieces and nephews in England and Canada.


Born in Ramsgate Kent, England, Alan brought his family to Canada in 1967 seeking greater opportunities and to have a new beginning for his family. Alan was an unassuming man who was a man of love. He had a great love for his wife, his family, and for listening to jazz music. Alan was a jazz drummer as a young man and was also a gifted artist, creating pastels of places and things that held a special meaning to him. He enjoyed watching the Senators play while he enjoyed a good beer and cuddling up to Suzie the family cat. His family and friends will always remember him as a kind and generous person with a great sense of humour (were they fork handles or four candles Dad?).


Alan’s family take this opportunity to thank  the kind caring staff at the hospital.


Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Alan's life on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 starting at 3:30pm in the Spitfire room at the Goose and Gridiron, Merrickville. In memory of Alan please consider a donation to the Ottawa Heart Institute or the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls. Online condolences available at