Ronald Frederick Ashley

8 December , 193811 March , 2019

Ashley, Ronald Frederick – Halifax

After a brief illness Ron passed away peacefully on March 11, 2019 with his daughter Paula and son Kevin by his side.

Born in Halifax on December 8, 1938 he was the son of the late Stanley Frederick Ashley and Ruth Mable (Romans) Ashley.

Ron was deeply committed to his family. He instilled upon them a strong work ethic and the importance of family. He welcomed each day with enthusiasm and always had a smile for his friends and colleagues.

Ron touched so many lives with his wisdom and kindness. He quietly took great pleasure in helping others including strangers and if you tried to thank him, he would smile and flatly deny any involvement.

One of his joys was taking photos and he always had his camera at the ready, then sharing the photos with others, often mailing cards to friends with reminders from their last get together. Also, a dog lover, Ron always had biscuits nearby or in his pocket for all the dogs in the neighborhood and at the cottage.

An electrician by trade, he worked for several companies, but his goal was to become a business owner. In 1977, with the support of his wife Ruth and his father Stan, Ron founded Rockingham Electric Limited. He spent the next 40 years building a successful legacy for his children. He was a member of IBEW Local 625 and was very involved in the growth of the Electrical Trade in Nova Scotia. He sat as a Trustee on the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. In addition to that, Ron was very committed to DASC Industries and sat on their Board of Directors for a number of years.

Ron enjoyed sports, especially hockey. He spent many years coaching both Paula and Kevin’s hockey teams. He loved hosting the team parties at his home, which usually meant very little notice for Ruth that not only the team was coming over, but the parents and coaches as well.

Undeniably though, Ron’s best years were spent at the family cottage on Tupper Lake. There Ron and Ruth enjoyed spending time with their children, grandchildren and the family dogs. They both loved the Annapolis Valley and often visited local markets and farms. Their door was always open to friends and family as they loved to entertain.

Ron is survived by his daughter Paula Dempsey, son-in-law Rick, son Kevin and daughter-in-law Nicole, grandsons Neil Dempsey and Hunter Ashley, granddaughter Ashleigh George (Rene) and great granddaughters Emery and Maeva George.

He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Ruth, his father Stan and mother Ruth.

We would sincerely like to thank Ron’s entire healthcare team including Dr. Chris Graham, Dr. Harry Henteleff and the nursing staff on 6A at the VG. Also, a special thank you to Devin, Monica and the entire Palliative Care team for their care and compassion. Ron was very grateful for all the assistance and love you showed him.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 20 from 4pm-7pm. The funeral service will be held Friday, March 22 at 2pm at Snow’s Funeral Home 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Playing and Learning Together, Ron’s grandson Hunter’s after-school program supporting Autistic children and youth. He saw first-hand the benefit this program had on his grandson and was very supportive of the organization. Playing and Learning Together PO Box 38058, Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X2


20 March


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3S0E1

22 March

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3S0E1

22 March

Graveside Service

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

St. John's Cemetery

6 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M1C2


Ronald Frederick Ashley

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Rick Roberts

18 March 2019

Dear Paula and Kevin
So sorry to hear of your dads passing.
Always enjoyed having conversation as well as negotiating car deals with him.
He was a tough one to conquer but we could always come to a fair compromise!!
My sincere condolences to both of you as well as the entire family.
God Bless.


Janice Smith

17 March 2019

Paula ,Kevin and family,
Our sincere condolences for the loss of your father .
Your parents lived in my Grandparents apt after they were married. I still can remember them and as a child couldn't figure out where they went to ..
I remember Ronnie taking a stove out of my Grandmother s house and standing on the front step and having a good and very funny chat..
Ron will see you later this week.
Sincerely, Ron Smith and niece Janice ❤

Lindy, Kim & David Isner

16 March 2019

Paula and Kevin (and family), please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. When we moved in, next door, a couple years back, he was so kind, caring and welcoming to our family. We are so sad to see him go and wish you all comfort in your time of loss.
- The Isners (next door neighbours)

cindy lundrign

16 March 2019

Paula , Kevin and family just learned of Ron's passing . My heart is breaking for you today. Ron was such a wonderful guy, a pleasure to chat with, and always brought a smile to my face with just his presence. He will be dearly missed. Sending you all hugs and love, i know you will take good care of each other as you make your way through this difficult time.


Sandra Croney

16 March 2019

Paula and Kevin
So sorry for the loss of your dad, Ron. He was a great person and now he can be with your mom Ruth and they can both watch over the family. They were so proud of all you.
Betty and Gary ( Georgia's sister and her husband)

Frank & Mary MacIntyre

15 March 2019

Our deepest sympathy in your loss of Ron.
We have many fond memories of Ron and Ruth and our chats and laughter on our Nedco/Rexall trips every spring. Our boat excursions , beach photos ,dancing and many good times.
Always enjoyed seeing Ron on the trip.
To all of Ron’s family, our thought are with you.

Frank& Mary
Entire Mechaninal(MacIntyre Sheet Metal)
Charlottetown, PEI.

Germaine & Kyrle Gallop

15 March 2019

Wonderful man . Will miss Ron greatly . Many fond memories of Ron’s visits to Stoneybrook Had a great chat with him at the hospital .Rip Ron , until we meet again .
Deepest Symathy to Kevin , Paula and family .

Elaine & George Whalen

15 March 2019

Kevin, Nicole, Hunter, Rick and Paula

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your dad/grandfather. He was was such a wonderful and caring man. Hold on to the memories.


George and Elaine Whalen
Kissimmee, Florida

Paul Duggan

15 March 2019

Kevin and family.......we were so sorry to hear of your loss and offer our condolences.
Paul & Phyllis.

Jim Johnson

14 March 2019

I will always remember Uncle Ronny, a few things come to mind right away
Work ethic – during one of a few conversations I had with my uncle Ronny I asked him why he still worked when clearly he was able to retire, he told me that his body is so “rough” that if he stopped he seized up and it gave him “something to do” everyday, but he said he slowed down and took Fridays off…..he was in his 70s……. Uncle Ron was the hardest working person I knew, hands down.
Toys – my first snowmobile ride on the yellow snowmobile with a roadrunner sticker on it was with my Uncle Ron, my first dirt bike rides, and my 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th water skiing try, all because of my uncle Ron.
Photography – he loved his camera, loved it, but more than that I think he loved the reaction people gave him to their pictures. His Famous “nose shots” always made me laugh, the subject of the photo not so much, but the rest of us definitely! They would be shown the next time you came to visit and pictures from the visit would be handed over to you to remember that visit.- to this day I still like to take nose and butt pics , which still get the same reaction.
I will never eat cold cuts and potato salad with out thinking of my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Ron.I will never drink Scotch and water again period fool me once Ron! I will never drive through Rockingham with out thinking of the house on Norman and all the events I attended there, and the pride Uncle Ron had in that house he built “with credit cards and favors”.
Thank you to my Uncle Ron we will remember always and often.