Thursday, May 9, 2013

City Flag Lowered to Mark Passing of Former Easton Mayor Fred Ashton

Former Easton Mayor
Fred L. Ashton Jr.
Contributed photo
The flag was lowered to half-staff Thursday to mark the passing of former Easton Mayor Fred Ashton Jr., who died in in sister's Seaside Heights, NJ home earlier in the day.

"On behalf of the City of Easton and its residents, I extend my condolences to the family and friends," said Easton Mayor Sal Panto in an email statement. "Mayor Ashton was an admirable person and an individual committed to the city.  Many if his accomplishments are still evident today.   More importantly he was a fine gentleman and someone I am pleased to call a friend."

Ashton, 82, was Easton's mayor for eight years, from 1967 to 1975, after serving as a city councilman from 1963 to 1967.

He was also a licensed funeral director in partnership with his brother, R. Kline Ashton until 1970 at the family-owned and run Ashton Funeral Home on Northampton Street.

More recently, he worked with his wife at Crossroads Realty in Lavallette, NJ, before retiring, and also for Schuylkill Haven Casket Company and had served as the executive director of the Toms River Industrial Commission, according to his obituary.

Locally, he was a member of Easton Lodge #152, F&AM and numerous Masonic organizations as well as a member of the VFW and had been active in many service and civic organizations through the years.

He had been residing at his sister's home since Hurricane Sandy.

In addition to his sister and a brother, the former mayor is survived by his wife, Shirley, to whom he was married for 60 years, five children, 14 grandchildren, and three great-granchildren.

A calling period will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11 in the Ashton Funeral Home, 14th and Northampton streets, with a service to follow at Easton Cemetery.  A memorial service is also planned to be held at a later date in Lavallette, NJ.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Scholarship Fund for Easton High School Class of 1948 c/o 2711 VanBuren Rd., Easton, PA 18045.

Those wishing to leave condolences online may do so by visiting the funeral home's website, or by clicking here.

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