PLYMOUTH – Keith B. Ashton, 65, died peacefully Sept. 22, 2012, at home after a battle with cancer of nearly four years. His wife, Linda, was with him when he passed to his next and best golf course. Keith had been an avid golfer for years and will surely be missed by many of his golfing companions and his faithful golf course companion, Bogie. He loved the game of golf until everyone who knew him realized he had found an addiction. But through the game, he met hundreds of people who became his friends. He particularly appreciated playing at the J W Parks and Golf Course. Keith was born July 6, 1947, in Rumford, the son of the Rev. Lynward F. and Ruth (Peterson) Ashton, both of whom predeceased him.
He grew up in Bar Harbor and Brewer, graduating from Brewer High School in 1965. He immediately began a career with Bangor and Aroostook Railroad which continued until his retirement in 1997. He then worked in the accounting field for a number of other local businesses. He served his country as a member of the Army Reserves and became a drill sergeant.
Keith is survived by his wife, Linda (Clapp Speed) Ashton of Plymouth; his son, Keith C. Ashton and wife, Annie, of Bangor; his stepchildren, James Speed and wife, Kendra, of Bangor and Lianie McGowan and husband, David, of Raymond; and his grandchildren, Brock, Anthony, Victoria, Thomas and Elizabeth of Bangor, Dillan and Austin of Raymond. He also leaves a brother, Neil K. Ashton and his wife, Jan, of Brewer; and a sister, Lynne R. Haslam of Holden and her fiance, Gaylen Clukey Jr.; nieces and a nephew; and cousins, John A. Hardesty and Deborah of Texas and James R. Hardesty and Linda of Colorado.
Keith requested there be no services at this time. Instead, he would like his friends to gather in celebration at a later time when memories can be shared and stories may be told in fun and friendship rather than in mourning.