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John G. Ashley 

John G. Ashley

Male 1929 - 2008

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  • Birth  1929  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1973  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Hall of Fame - Cambridge  1997  Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  5 Jan 2008  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-145654 
    Person ID  I145654  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Oct 2017 

    Father  Wesley Buffin Ashley,   b. 1895, Wiarton, Amabel Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Margaret Christine Fink,   b. Jul 1905, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1973, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Sep 1927  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F23718  Group Sheet

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    John G. Ashely
    John G. Ashely
    John G. Ashley
    John G. Ashley

  • Notes 
    • John Ashley was born in Galt and lived in Preston until Grade 12. John played minor hockey in Preston, later he played for the Toronto Marlboros and the Guelph Biltmores. Ashley signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1950, and in the ensuing three years, played for their Pittsburgh farm team in the AHL. Ashley sought and gained reinstatement as an amateur in 1954. He then played three years with Stratford in Senior A hockey.

      Ashley became interested in officiating in 1957. By 1959 he signed a contract to officiate in the NHL. Ashley spent eighteen years in the NHL - thirteen as a referee and five as a scout and councillor to referees.

      Ashley refereed 1075 games. Of this, 622 were regular NHL games and fifty-eight were NHL play-off games. In the last eight of his thirteen on ice seasons Ashley was rated the NHL's number one referee. Ashley's overall record in Stanley Cup play-offs was one of high quality performance, under sustained pressure, over a period of ten years.

      On September 15, 1981, John Ashley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.1a

      1aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      JOHN G. ASHLEY
      1930 - 2008 At St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener on Saturday, January 5, 2008 in his 78th year. Loving husband of June Ashley (nee Millman) for 56 years. Devoted father of Kristine Bailey and her husband, Dennis and Tom Ashley and his wife Cindy. Lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Julie Bailey and her husband Adam, Tom Bailey, Sami, Wes and Zac Ashley. Survived by his brother, Doug Ashley. Predeceased by his parents, Wesley and Margaret Ashley as well as his sister, Pat Ashley. John Ashley was born in Galt and lived in Preston. John played minor hockey in Preston, later he played for the Toronto Marlboros and the Guelph Biltmores. By 1959 he signed a contract to officiate in the NHL. He spent eighteen years in the NHL, thirteen as a referee and five as a scout and counsellor to referees. John refereed 1,075 games. Of this, 622 were regular NHL games and fifty-eight were NHL play-off games. In the last eight of his thirteen on-ice seasons, Ashley was rated the NHL's number one referee. On September 15, 1981, John Ashley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Friends are invited to share their memories of John with his family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home , 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service to celebrate John's life will be held in the Chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Canadian Diabetes Association, or Grand River Hospital- COPD Clinic and can be arranged through the funeral home, 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com. In living memory of John, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.2a

      2aThe Record 8 Jan 2008





  • Sources 
    1. [S490] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Record (1994-March 2008), Obituary of John G. Ashley - 8 Jan 2008.

    2. [S2004] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Cambridge Daily Reporter, Obituary of Mrs. Wesley Ashley - 23 Oct 1973.

    3. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1929 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1973 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Cambridge - 1997 - Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Jan 2008 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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