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1966-68, (Assigned to Special Detail for the Vietnam
Paris Peace Talks)
U.S. Secret Service Retirement
Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association,
Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police
American Legion Post #8,
Marine Corps League
honorary member of the White House
Military Aides Society
Assistant District Governor of Rotary
American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer
Bedford Area Ambulance board of
a volunteer with the Home Nursing
Everett Area High School Renaissance
Bedford County Arts Council,
Bedford County United Way, (Former
Breezewood Municipal Authority, Board
Vice President of the Bedford County
Republican Boosters Club 1994-95.
American Cancer Society
The Youth Achievement Association
Board of Directors.
He was an Eagle Scout, an scoutmaster
for 12 years in Paris and Arlington, VA,
Co-chaired the Annual Sustaining
Members banquets in Bedford.
He helped establish and served as the
first Senior Advisor of Emergency Medical Service Explorer Post
Republican committeeman for E.
Providence Township 19922004,
- Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
- National Defense Medal
- Marine Security Guard Ribbon
- Bedford, VA Rotary Club "Citizen of
the Year" (1997)
10 May 1946
Lynn Ashe (Cutler)
February 14, 1977
Whitmill, Regina Murphy, Daurie McIntosh and Wendy Sparry;
25 June 2005
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Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2005 6:07 PM
Subject: this is the Ashe obituary and also a article that will be
running in the gazette about him thought you would like both!
Craig B. Ashe, of Breezewood, died
June 25, 2005, at the home of his father-in-law in Arcadia, Michigan.
He was born May 10, 1946 in Lewiston, Maine. He married Lynn Cutler
February 14, 1977 in the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. He is
survived by his wife; by sisters Barbara Whitmill, Regina Murphy,
Daurie McIntosh and Wendy Sparry; by many nieces and nephews; and by
honorary grandson Will Prescott. He attended the University of Maine in
Bangor, ME, American University in Washington DC, George Mason
University in Fairfax VA.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in
1964 and was assigned to the Special Security Detail to the Vietnam
Peace Talks at the U.S. Embassy in Paris 1966-68. He worked for the FBI
in 1969, transferred to the U.S. Secret Service in 1970, and retired in
1990 as Officer-in-Charge of the Special Operations Section of the
Uniformed Division. He was co-owner of Chez Brown West Restaurant in
Washington, D.C. 1976-78. In 1990 he and Lynn retired and moved to
Bedford County, establishing Ashe Antiques and Collectibles in 1994.
Craig lived the Rotary motto
"Service above self." At various times he was president of the Bedford
Rotary Club, the Bedford Area Ambulance Service Board of Directors, and
the Youth Achievement Association Board of Directors. He was once a
Division Leader for Bedford County United Way. He was an Eagle Scout, a
scoutmaster for 12 years in Paris and Arlington, VA, and co-chaired the
Annual Sustaining Members banquets in Bedford. He helped establish and
served as the first Senior Advisor of Emergency Medical Service
Explorer Post 491. He had served on the Board of Directors of the
Breezewood Municipal Authority since 1999, was Republican committeeman
for E. Providence Township 19922004, and vice president of the
Bedford County Republican Boosters Club 1994-95.
He was affiliated with the U.S.
Secret Service Retirement Association, Pennsylvania Sheriffs
Association, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, American Legion
Post #8, Marine Corps League and was an honorary member of the White
House Military Aides Society.
He loved his adopted community and
devoted his time and energy to serving it. He was the voice on the
radio reading kids' letters to Santa, the hospice volunteer who took a
dying man for drives in the country, the coordinator of Rotary's
program to provide Christmas gifts for clients of Your Safe Haven. He
was a gourmet cook who prepared food for many Arts Council events and
once made dinner for 200 for an American Cancer Society fundraiser. He
wore two hats for the Red Cross ‹as a member of the Disaster
Team, he helped families who'd lost their homes to flood or fire, and
he volunteered at the Everett Food Pantry. Craig treated everyone with
fairness, patience and compassion. He had an open mind for every point
of view and could disagree without being disagreeable. And he had a
glorious sense of humor.
The Bedford and Sunrise Rotary
clubs are joining forces to create a Craig B. Ashe Memorial Park along
the river east of the Narrows. Those who would like to help make this
dream a reality are invited to send donations to the Craig B. Ashe
Memorial Fund, First Commonwealth Bank, 9503 Lincoln Highway, Bedford
PA 15522. Funds not needed for the park will be used for a Craig B.
Ashe scholarship in the Rotary Foundation.
Friends are invited to stop by the
home of Skip and Marilyn Allen, 909 Juliana Street, 7-9 p.m. Sunday,
July 17, to share memories of Craig and celebrate his life.
By Sharyn Maust
Gazette Managing Editor
Many individuals and organizations
around the county were stunned over the weekend by the untimely death
of Craig Ashe of Breezewood. Ashe, 59, passed away Saturday in his
sleep while he and his wife, Lynn, were visiting her family in
Michigan. The Ashes have lived in Bedford County since 1990, moving
here when they retired from jobs in Washington. Craig served with the
U.S. Secret Service for 20 years; the last 15 of those were at the
White House during the tenures of presidents Nixon through George H.W.
Bush. Lynn worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.
It wasn't those positions that
took priority this week; it was the array of organizations and
activities that both the Ashes have devoted their energy to, and the
loss their friends felt. The Ashes were selected by Bedford Rotary Club
as Citizen of the Year in 1997 and Craig was the Bedford Elks Citizen
of the Year in 1998. He was one of a number of Republicans in the race
for Bedford County Commissioner in 1995.
Only some of the other
organizations he has played key roles in were the Bedford Area
Ambulance board of directors, a volunteer with the Home Nursing
Agency's hospice, Everett Area High School Renaissance Foundation,
Bedford County Arts Council, Bedford County United Way, Breezewood
Municipal Authority, Marine Corps League, American Cancer Society and
the American Red Cross Disaster Service. Many, like the Red Cross and
the arts council, were joint ventures with his wife.
"As I said in a prayer tonight (at
the Rotary meeting), Craig always had his hand out ... his hand out to
help someone," said the Rev. Dr. M. Edgar Datesman. "Everything he did
was to give; he was not one to take."
Another who knew him in Rotary, Garry Goss, said Ashe "showed us how to
be better citizens, to help people wherever he saw a need." He added
that Ashe "pulled you into projects and gave you confidence that you
could do things." Goss related some examples. He said Ashe arrived at
Rotary before Christmas with lists of wishes from families that were in
need; he passed around the lists and gathered the gifts. For the club,
Ashe started the paperwork and organized a second Rotary for Bedford
when members said they had conflicts with the evening meetings. "It was
something we'd talked about for years but did nothing," Goss said.
There is now a Sunrise Rotary that meets in the mornings, and instead
of 35 Rotarians there are double that number. Ashe currently was
assistant district governor of Rotary, which involves overseeing six
clubs. Goss said that if he could draw any comfort, "it's maybe that he
has done his job and it is our turn to step up."
Robert D. Sweet, who served as
Ashe's campaign manager 10 years ago, said running for office is tough
for someone not from the area, "but he had conservative principles and
wanted to make the county better. He was always open to working for the
James W.F. Allen of Bedford said
he has known Ashe since they worked together at the White House. "He
was a mentor," Allen said. He added that Ashe "dragged me up here, and
had an agenda of things for me to get involved in." Allen made the
comment at a meeting of the arts council board of trustees on which he
Elaine Housel, another board
member, said the Ashes "were the backbone of the council," and others
agreed that the arts center wouldn't be what it is without them. Craig
often did repairs and upgrades to the Anderson House and cooked the
food for arts center's receptions.
Lynn Hocker of Bedford said he
knew of Ashe's many involvements, but it wasn't until his own father
was dying that he by chance met Ashe counseling a hospice family. "The
sheer magnitude of the types of things he undertook was breathtaking,"
Hocker said. He added that "it must say something about our area, too,
because they loved it and chose it to be their home."
Barb Taylor, executive director of
the Southern Alleghenies Chapter of the American Red Cross, said Ashe's
death was a tremendous loss to her organization. "With a disaster
volunteer you need someone who is calm and has a clear head ... someone
who can walk in and make calm out of chaos. Craig always rose to the
challenge and he treated the victims of disaster with respect and
dignity," she said. Taylor noted that the Ashes also worked more than
two weeks straight after the flooding last September, offering
assistance to the other emergency workers not just the victims. "Red
Cross is volunteer-driven and you really need leadership volunteers.
Craig was a tremendous spokesperson for our organization and many
others; he reached out to the community to get it to share its support
of all non-profits," Taylor added.
Wayne Prescott, of the United Way
and the arts council, said he felt that if Ashe would want to be
remembered for anything, "it would be for the devotion the Ashes have
for each other."
No funeral is planned for Ashe. A
celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Craig's Close Friends
Former White House Secret Service
executive director of the Souther
Alleghenies Chapter of the American Red Cross