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Obituary for Donald E Ashe

Donald E  Ashe
Donald E. Ashe Sr., 83, a loyal friend and life-long resident of Springfield, MA, passed away from a glioblastoma on July 10, 2018, at the Holyoke Medical Center. Born in Springfield December 27, 1934, he was predeceased by his parents, Thomas “Bucky” Ashe and Winifred C. (Donohue) Ashe and a brother, Thomas Ashe. Raised in the Hungry Hill section of Springfield, Donald attended Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA; Cornwall Academy, Great Barrington, MA; American International College, Springfield, MA; Lee Institute of Real Estate, Brookline, MA; and the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute for Governmental Services, Shrewsbury, MA. Donald E. Ashe has served as the Hampden County Register of Deeds since 1983 and is known as the architect of the number one ranked registry in the Commonwealth. Under his tenure, Hampden County became the first registry in New England to electronically record a document, and he brought the registry into the 21st century by using cutting-edge technologies. He has been a licensed real estate broker, a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner to Qualify, and an Assistant Recorder for the Massachusetts Land Court. Mr. Ashe has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Clinton Nursery School and Kindergarten, as president of the Hampden County Register of Deeds Association, and the former Hampden County Democratic Committee. Proud of his Irish heritage, Mr. Ashe holds a dual Irish citizenship, was a member of the Holyoke Parade Committee, the Cape Cod Sons of Erin, a life member of the John Boyle O’Reilly Club, and was a past Grand Marshall of the Springfield Parade Committee. Donald holds a life membership in the Springfield Lodge of Elks #61. In addition, he has been an instructor for the Hampden County Deputy Sheriff’s Training Program. Before becoming Register of Deeds, Mr. Ashe was Director of Relocation Services for the Springfield Redevelopment Authority and was a former Disaster Shelter Manager for the City of Springfield. Mr. Ashe has participated in the Jewish Community Center’s Ms. Senior Massachusetts Pageant as Master of Ceremonies with the former Hi Neigher. Mr. Ashe enjoyed visits to Cape Cod with his family, piloting his Boston Whaler, attending live theater and concerts, dining out at favorite restaurants, observing and interpreting human nature, keeping a secret at all cost, and sharing his iconic sense of humor with all he met. He considered the staff at the Hampden County Registry his second family and held all in his employ in the highest regard. Donald will be profoundly missed by his wife, the former Margaret Ann Ambrose of Springfield; sons Donald E. Ashe Jr. of Springfield, Stephen T. Ashe of Hampden, Mark F. Ashe of East Longmeadow, State Representative Brian M. Ashe of Longmeadow, and Gregory N. Ashe of Springfield; daughters-in-law Deborah J. Ashe of East Longmeadow and Sonja Ashe of Longmeadow; and his grandchildren Meagan Ashe, Brianna Ashe, Nicholas Ashe, Tiernan Ashe, and Kyra Ashe. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Sampson Family Chapel of the Acres, 21 Tinkham Road in Springfield, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to meet directly at Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, for Donald’s liturgy of Christian burial. Rites of Committal and Internment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 421 Tinkham Road, Springfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to the Sacred Heart Church Building Renovation Fund, 395 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01104 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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