William Ashburn

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Born on May 17, 1944

Departed on January 19, 2017

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William Ashburn, age 72, passed away peacefully at home with his wife and children by his side on Thursday, January 19th.

Bill was born May 17th 1944 in Beacon, NY to Dr. Harry V. Ashburn and Evelyn Kimble Ashburn.

Bill joined the Beacon Police Department on July 26th, 1965, rose through the ranks and retired as Chief in 1985. After retiring from the police department, he began a new career in construction estimation at Merritt Meridian Construction in Beacon, until full retirement in 1996.

As a police officer Bill was recognized with many awards, including a life saving award for saving two people from a house fire. He shared this award with retired Lt. William Penn.

Bill was a life member of Lewis Tomkins Hose Fire Company, Mase Hook and Ladder Fire Company, New York State Chiefs of Police Association, Retired Police Association of New York, Police Conference of New York, Fraternal Order of Police, Beacon, NY Elks Lodge and past president and co-founder of the Beacon Retired Police Officer Association.

Bill is survived by his wife Cherry, his son Edward and granddaughters Alexandra, Evelyn and Ella of Cold Spring, NY. His son Eric and his wife Nicole and grandsons Mason, William and Harrison of Poughkeepsie, NY. He is also survived by his brother John Ashburn and his wife Cindy of Wappingers Falls, NY.

Bill is predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Nancy Ashburn and Barbara Ashburn Glass.

Our family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and staff at Vassar Hospital for their great care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to ARF - Animal Rescue Foundation, PO Box 1129, Beacon, NY 12508 or to the charitable foundation of your choice.

Visitation will be held, Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM at St. Joachim's Cemetery 325 Washington Ave. Beacon.

Arrangements are under the direction of Jarett D. Quick of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 831-0179

To leave an online condolence please visit Libbyfuneralhome.com

Date Of Service
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Location Of Service
Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon

Guestbook Entries

  1. Agnes Hurley-McKeon January 20, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Deepest regrets to the Asburn Family on your great loss. Bill was an incredible man who was well loved by his fellow officers as well as the community. May God give you the strength and courage to help each other during this trying time.
    R.I.P. Bill. You will be sadly missed dear friend <3

  2. Cathy Cook January 20, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I will miss Bill on my visits to the Ashburn house. His witty sense of humor always present. But no one will miss him more than his family. My love and prayers go out to you all. Love, Cathy

  3. Marie McKenzie January 21, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Cherry an family.. I was shocked to hear that Billy had passed away my sincere condolences to you and your family.. Billy always greeted me with a smile to me he was always a Gentleman and a Officer ..I\’m sorry

  4. Pete & Mary-Ann (Delamater) Hackbart January 21, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Cherry & family, was saddened to read of Billy\’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  5. John&Audrey Kelliher January 21, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Cherry & Family.May God give you strength in this time of sorrow and may His loving arms wrap you in love and peace of mind.

  6. Jerry & NancyFezza January 21, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Sorry to read about the passing of Bill. Our thoughts and prayers to all of Bill\’s family.

  7. Fred and Barbara Haight January 21, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Cherry and Family:
    We are saddened to hear of Billy\’s passing. You and your family are in our prayers.

  8. Ran Ranalli January 21, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss, Bill was a great guy. Always happy, smiling, and friendly. Beacon will miss him.

  9. The Sigler Family January 21, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief as \

  10. Ret Det Lt John Palmatier January 21, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Cherry, so sorry for your lossI know Bill will be missed we worked together for years.He always had your back.

  11. Mike Murphy January 23, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. God Bless Mr. Ashburn

  12. Rich & Nancy Kolakoski January 24, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Known you guys for many many years. Always a smile, Joke, or a good word. Cherry, all our love and condolences. Certainly will miss that HAPPY GUY. Nan and Rich.

  13. Lori John and Erin Golestani January 24, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Cherry, so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and the family.

  14. Johnny Fahlman February 3, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Mrs Ashburn, Eric and Ed , sorry to hear about the passing of your husband and dad. He was a good man! God Bless, Johnny

  15. Barneyxcq February 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

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