Ashley Bruce A.
After a long and courageous struggle, Bruce left this world with dignity to be with his Lord and Saviour on May 22, 2012 at the age of 84.
He was a member of Historic St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Kitchener.
Predeceased by his parents Harry and Henrietta Ashley, his mother and father-in-law Clara and Percy Sommers, his brothers Harold and Ronald and his sister June Gerth.
Left to mourn this wonderful man is his devoted and loving wife of 54 years Yvonne.
His sister-in-law Lydia Ashley of Kitchener, brother-in-law Wm R. Sommers (Delores), Elmira and John Sommers (Sheila) of London. Loving nephew Greg (Dawn) Sommers and Ryan and Jessica, as well as loving and special niece Catherine Sommers all of London , Maureen Gerth of Brampton and Shawn Ashley of Kitchener.
Dearly loved by Godchild Gail Mair and close relatives Kay and Bob Elsden of London as well as many special friends who helped to make his life joyous and happy.
After retiring from a long career in sales, Bruce enjoyed his winters in Florida and summers at his cottage on Lake Huron.
Golf was his passion as well as the theatre, symphony, bridge, sports and travelling.
He will be remembered for his kindness to everyone, his ability to show humour in times of adversity, his eternal optimism and his never ending love for all those he held dear, especially his loving wife Yvonne.
Bruce was truly a "gentle man" who always put others first and never lost faith.
Death cannot diminish the important ways our loved one has touched our lives. Grief cannot take away the happiness we shared. Sorrow will fade in time but our love remains forever.
Walk tall in the arms of our Lord, you have served Him well.
Cremation has taken place.
At Bruce's request, there will be no visitation. A private family service was held.
Friends and relatives are invited to share their memories of Bruce with his family on June 2, 2012, from 2-4 at the Ratz-Bechtel Family Centre, 621 King St. W., Kitchener.
The family wishes to thank all of the dedicated Staff in the Grand River Hospital, Intensive Care unit who tried so valiantly to help Bruce during his long stay there. Their care and compassion was beyond measure, especially that given by Dr. Needham-Northcott and Dr. McKinnon.
Our grateful thanks as well to our Family Doctor, Scott Wright, who gave so much care and encouragement to Bruce during these past years.
In lieu of flowers, as expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Grand River Hospital Intensive Care Unit or Historic St. Paul's Lutheran Churc, Kitchener, through the funeral home.