ASHTABULA — Jon A. Ashley, age 59, a resident of Ashtabula, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic.
Jon was born July 1, 1953, in Ashtabula, to Ann (Heflin) and Solomon Ashley and was a 1971 graduate of Ashtabula High School. He married Diane (Lamm) Silva on July 17, 1999, in Ashtabula.
Jon retired from Ashtabula Area City Schools with 30 years of dedicated service, and spent the last 10 years working at Trinity Presbyterian Church. He coached high school volleyball, softball, and football for Ashtabula and Buckeye schools. However, Jon was most proud of his Thomas Jefferson boys and girls basketball teams. “Coach Ashley” will be remembered for his dedication to and love for his T.J. Dolphins.
With his warm sense of charity, Jon brought the joy and spirit of the Christmas season into the hearts and homes of local children with his portrayal of Santa Claus. He was also an avid golfer and fisherman. Jon's greatest joy and satisfaction was being a grandparent.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; son, Jon (Christina) Ashley of Ashtabula; step-children, Chris (Frances) Silva of Barberton and Julie Silva of Akron; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Anthony and Hunter Ashley, Tyler Antonini and Mia and Marco Silva; a brother, Dave (Sharon) Ashley of St. Joseph, Mo.; and several nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant son, Solomon.
Per Jon's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12th, at the Norman-D Banquet Center (formerly Knights of Columbus Banquet Center), 2720 Carpenter Road, Ashtabula, with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 6:30 p.m., with the Rev. Quincy Worthington officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. SILVA-HOSTETLER FUNERAL HOME of Barberton, Ohio is handling the arrangements.
Obituary and condolences at www.silva-hostetler.com and starbeacon.com.