OBITUARY

Bernard A. Ash

February 13, 1947February 9, 2019
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Bernard Alan Ash, husband, father, son, brother and friend, left this world on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at his home in the loving arms of his wife surrounded by his family. If a man had nine lives, Ash had eighteen. If he wasn’t running into burning buildings, kicking in doors, being shot at, he was catching the bad guys and shutting down fraud– that’s a man who lived his life with purpose. He always said, “he worked for the good guys,” and he did for 45-years until pancreatic cancer got the best of him.

No one loved his job more than Bernard Alan Ash. Bernard founded Ash Investigations in 1986 and quickly became Houston’s most sought-after private investigator as one of the few PI's in Texas who was a Certified Expert Witness in both State and Federal Courts on Premise Liability Cases in the United States.

In his early years as a Houston Police Officer Bernard earned the respect of his peers voted in as the youngest President of the Houston Police Association. He was quickly promoted to the Harris County District Attorney Office as a Homicide and Special Crimes Detective where he worked on notorious Texas cases.

Bernard was a graduate of the FBI Academy, a certified firearms expert and instructor with a Master’s Degree in criminology and law enforcement from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston and later served as Coordinator of the Criminal Justice program.

A native Houstonian, he was predeceased by his beloved parents, Anna Mary Harris Ash and Bernard Noble Ash, and his brother Michael Payton Ash. In addition to his wife Jana Barrington he is survived by his daughter Dena Pharr and son Jarod Ash; and their families; son-in-law Rick Pharr and grandchildren Mackenzie, and her fiancé, Dustin, Hayden, Peyton and Lillyanna and a host of extended family and friends.

Ash lived his life with purpose, loving each of us more than we will ever know. He will be deeply missed.

The celebration of his life – Chapel of the Angels, Forest Park Lawndale, Houston, TX Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Visitation 1:00 PM | Funeral Service 2:00 PM | Graveside Service 3:00 PM | Reception – To follow

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Bernard A. Ash

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JAMY VALADEZ

February 12, 2019

I was Bernard's transcriptionist for over 20 years. My favorite memories will be how his Houstonian accent would often trip up this Brooklyn girl's understanding of what he was saying. And how he would struggle to pronounce some of the most simple names. But I will remember him as a loving, kind and generous man. I will carry you in my mind forever Bernard! ❤

Angela Duoto

February 11, 2019

I was Bernard’s “bug lady” (exterminator) for 19 years. He was one of a kind & my Husband & I both adored him. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with his beautiful wife & family.

David Grubb

February 11, 2019

I lived 0ne house removed from Bernard from 1994 to 2010 and could not have had a better neighbor who became a good friend. The world needs more folks like Bernard Ash.

Charles Pollard

February 11, 2019

Bernard and I were business partners for a while and spent much time together on hunting trips. He was always much fun to be around and we had many laughs together. One particular memory I have is a trip he and I took to my ranch about 25 years ago. We had our sons with us in the car. Along the way we encountered a 300 lb wild hog on the road at 1 am in the morning. I ran over the hog on purpose because I wanted the hog. We had many laughs over that. Oddly enough I had the hog mounted. The taxidermist got a kick out of mounting a road kill and had pictures of the hog in his office for years. Bernard had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. CP

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