Beverly "Bev" Leon Ashby

Passed 07/06/2021


Obituary For Beverly "Bev" Leon Ashby

Ashby, Beverly (Bev) Leon – 83, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully, at home, with his wife by his side, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. He was born in Centreville to the late Mildred Leone (Porter) Ashby and the late Harry Toshick Ashby of Dartmouth. Bev grew up in the Maritimes, living in various communities within New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, finally settling in Dartmouth in his late teens. He took his apprenticeship at Fairey Aviation as an aircraft electrician until they closed in 1969 when he decided to become self-employed as a Kitchen Cabinet Maker and finally the owner of Bev L. Ashby Skating Supplies. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis Ann (Hill) Ashby, daughter, Ann Beverly (Ashby) Thompson, son-in -law, Christopher Luke Thompson, grandson, Chase Douglas Parker Thompson, grandson, Cruz Leon William Thompson, sister-in-law, Elizabeth Dorey (Reginald Dorey, deceased), brother-in-law, Lloyd Hill (Edith Hill) and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brother-in-law, George Hill (Ruth Hill, deceased). Bev loved his family very much. He spent many years at the rink with his daughter, playing music and videoing for the Dartmouth Figure 8s Skating Club. Most will remember him for his love of ABBA and as the best skate sharpener in town. He was a quiet, kind sole who would do anything he could for others in need. He enjoyed travelling the Maritimes with his wife and dog Maggie. He was not one for large social settings, but always able to carry on a great conversation that included many interesting stories. He will be missed by so many. A grave side service, at Mount Herman Cemetery, will be held at a later date.

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  • Phyllis, Ann and family I am so sorry to hear of Bev's passsing. I have many fond Memories of Bev as very kind, friendly and helpful over the many years we were neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Shirley Taylor

  • Mrs. Ashby, Ann and family, condolences on the passing of Bev. I always enjoyed being around Bev. He was so patient and understanding with all my questions about skate sharpening, fitting and any other cool stuff I saw he was tinkering with in his shop. Really enjoyed him. I wish you all the best at this time of sadness.

  • All our love to Phyllis, Ann and family. We have a lot of fond memories of Bev. He will be missed. - Angie Hogan, Joe Nolan, Harley & Hayden.

  • Phyllis and family,I am praying for comfort for you.Always enjoyed your visits at the headshoppe.God bless and know I am thinking of you Phyllis.

  • To Phyllis and family. Please accept our deepest sympathy upon the death of Bev. We remember him well from the Dartmouth Figure 8's Skating club and the skate sharpening. And of course ABBA. Bill & Nancy Ring, Truro, N.S.

  • Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family We are so sorry for your loss Elaine & Duncan Mason

  • To Phyllis ,Ann And Family. So sorry to here of Bev's passing.I worked for the City Of Dartmouth at The Gray And Bowles Rinks,The Dartmouth Figure 8's Club Had Ice time at both rinks and Bevs daughter Ann skated there.This Is How I Met Bev and family.Bev Was a Very Nice,Humble Man.We Hit it off right a way and had many long talks and Laugh's over the years. If Ann Was on the ice Bev would be there. I remember one time helping Bev to Carry in some Trophy Cabinets he had built for the club into the Gray rink,Not aware,Bev was a cabinet Maker I asked Bev Who had built the Cabinets ,He Told me he had built them,He Was a cabinet maker,I told Bev No! Your are a Master Cabinet Maker! To Which He Replied I don't no about that. Very Humble,Although i Have not Seen Bev in 30 years i cant rem anise about all those years ago when i worked in those city rinks With out seeing Bevs Big Smiling Face. Nor Have i ever heard or will ever here a ABBA song with out thinking of Bev

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and family. I was in the apprentice class with Beverly and enjoyed his company. Raymond Arnold.

  • Sorry to read of Bev's passing in the paper today. I regret that we didn't get to know each other. The thing that I always remember is that your daughter was a figure skater. I still watch figure skating of TV. I was trying to figure out today how many of the "Ashby grandchildren" are left. I think it is tied at 7 -7, but I am not sure about Fran. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Muriel (Ashby) Johnston, daughter of George Ashby)

  • Phyllis: Betty DeYoung Sheehan here......Long time school and neighbourhood friends in Dartmouth. We lived on Pelzant and you and your family were in the same area. So sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your children. Remember me to Elizabeth and Lloyd as well.

  • Sorry to hear of Bev's passing. I will always remember his kind heart.

  • Phyllis and family: My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Sincerely Liz Pace

  • Bev was so respected in the Skating community. Our sincere condolences on his passing. Randy & Margot Hollis

  • So sorry to hear of Bev's passing. I've enjoyed visiting with you both and cutting your hair over the last couple years. Love to Phyllis and family

  • Phyllis, I was so sorry to read o your loss.

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