Jeff Ashberry in a school photo from 1949
|Died||22 January 2015|
|Education||Boston Grammar School|
|Children||Simon Ashberry, Tim Ashberry, Jez Ashberry|
From the Boston Standard
Retired draughtsman Jeff Ashberry has died just a week after his 80th birthday. His widow Pat worked as a journalist for the Standard until her retirement. They were married for 57 years. Jeff, of Pilley's Lane, Boston, died in Pilgrim Hospital after a short illness. He leaves three sons and six grandchildren. Jeff was born in Boston and lived in the town almost all his life. After attending Staniland School and Boston Grammar School, he worked as an engineering design draughtsman for Baker Perkins in Peterborough and Norprint in Boston. He was involved for many years with Boston Playgoers and Boston Operatic Society, initially helping behind the scenes on set-building and then acting in a wide range of shows at Blackfriars. His speciality was comic turns such as his role as the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz and Constable Boot in Salad Days. A keen sports enthusiast, Jeff supported Boston United in his youth before switching his allegiance to Boston FC when the new club formed in 1964. He also loved gardening and cooking and even had ambitions to be a chef in his younger days. Jeff’s other hobbies included photography, researching family history and Lincolnshire's aviation heritage.