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Jerome Peter Ashfield

Jerome Peter Ashfield

12-10-1930 - 01-09-2021
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Obituary

Jerome Peter Ashfield 90 years old, affectionately known as G-Pa, JP, and Big Panda, peacefully passed in his sleep on January 9th, 2021 at his residence in Pompton Lakes NJ.
Born to Edward and Julie Ashfield on December 10, 1930 in North Bergen NJ and shared his childhood with his siblings Steven and Madge.
Mr. Ashfield served with the 108th Fighter Bomber Wing from 1950 to 1953 with Honorable Discharge. Shortly thereafter, he courted the love of his life and married on April 10, 1955 Carole Kirke Millberry of Marblehead MA. They shared 45 years of marriage and the love for each other and for their children Tom Scott and Jacqueline Kirke was unconditional. As a family, they often traveled, skied and spent summers camping on Lake George, NY.
Jerry was a force of nature, determined to be successful, provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. He worked as a photographer where he later opened his first business Baratta Studios in Hoboken NJ. JP later founded National Talent Association modeling agency in 1966 and retired in 1999.
Jerry was passionate about planes, exotic cars, snowmobiling and skiing. He was a private pilot for 32 years. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the International Order of Characters (IOC). The latter is an organization dedicated to improving the fields of aviation and aerospace. Mr. Ashfield was selected in 1993 as the IOC Character of the Year.
His greatest enjoyment was his home on beautiful Lake George. It was a place where he lived half the year and where his family and friends came together. In his residence at Pompton Lakes, NJ, he would mastermind gatherings for parties and was known for being a “Social Architect”. On a serious note, he was always available to help, listen, direct and give council to helping family and friends.
Anyone who knew JP knew that he was a kind, generous, fun character and how important his family and friends were to him. Jerry was predeceased by his beautiful wife Carole Kirke (Millberry) Ashfield, his sister Magdeline (Madge) Randa and nephew Doug Randa. He is survived by his children; Thomas Scott Ashfield, his wife Paula of Wantage NJ and her family, Jacqueline Kirke Heins and her husband William of Medford NJ. His grandchildren; Justine Kirke Deselich and her husband James Deselich of Marlton, NJ, Ryan William Heins and his wife Kaitlin Summa Heins of South Abington Twp, PA, Trevor Jerome Heins and his fiancé Samantha Kaplan of Philadelphia PA. His great grandchildren; Carina Hope Deselich, Eloise Mae Heins, Bennett Kirke Deselich, Charles Barrett Heins, his brother and sister-in-law Steven and Rita Ashfield of Hawaii, and his brother-in-law Charles Randa of Clermont FL.
There will be a funeral service at St. Mary’s Church, 17 Pompton Ave. Pompton Lakes, NJ on Saturday January 23rd @ 11:00 a.m. Afterwards there will be a viewing from approximately 1:00 until 3:00 p.m., at Jerry’s home, which is 30 Park Place, Pompton Lakes, NJ
On behalf of the Ashfield family and for the safety of all concerned, due to the COVID pandemic, the viewing at the Ashfield’s home will be held in an OPEN-AIR area and masks are required at all times. We appreciate your cooperation. Saint Mary’s Church is permitted to have 150 people in Church and we will have live streaming of the Funeral Mass and the Viewing for those who cannot attend. The link for the live stream is: goodnightevents.com and click the youtube live link on the top right.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to: The American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123
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Barbera Hopp

Posted at 09:31am
Words cannot express the loss and how I feel losing a great friend who had touched me in so many ways. I met Jerry and Carole back in the 1970's. Myself and my soon to be husband at the time were invited to The Lake George retreat with Christian which brings back a beautiful memory. After so many years of disconnect I reunited one day out of the blue, walking into Jerry who was so recognizable by his cowboy boots and the Stetson hat. I attended many of the After Christmas parties and at some point Jerry needed to find someone to help him with some home chores and office work out of necessity. He asked me if I knew of anyone to fill this spot and after little thought I said I will help out until he finds someone more permanent . Well, he stopped looking, which humored me. Jerry was so knowledgeable in so many ways which made him so interesting to talk to. I loved to make him laugh and I always listened to his advise. We always had great conversations and from now on my Mondays must be filled with other things, sadly. I so appreciate all of the invites to the lake and I always felt welcomed as an outsider. I will never forget all of the wonderful people I had met at the parties and I thank you Jerry for including me. I have tons of photos from the lake which I will cherish. You will be sorely missed my friend. Barb H
 
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Jackie Heins Posted at 11:08pm

He was lucky to have found you again, Barb!
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Juliet and Juan Diaz

Posted at 04:46pm
Rest In Peace Uncle Jerry, we know your strong spirit will live on forever.
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Jackie Heins Posted at 11:07pm

Thank you Juliet and Juan!
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Joseph Monga

Posted at 07:23am
Jerry
What can I say about Jerry!
First of all, he will be missed!
Jerry was a social architect! He liked to mix an eclectic group of people together for a party or a dinner. He was always available to help friends and family by analyzing situations and asking the perfect questions, always with caring and interest!
Jerry was a fellow pilot and world traveler. We loved to trade stories about air shows and eclipses, maybe a bar in Belgium or a camp in Africa.
Did I mention the party’s!!! Themes like, Roaring 20’s, Casino, Visitors From Space, Paint A Picture or WW2. Spontaneous ones like The Majors Funeral or musician friends visiting the Lake George camp for a fireside show.
Jerry was a husband, whose wife Carol passed away to early, a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather. I was lucky enough to be “adapted” into his family as a cousin! When he started calling me cousin Joe I mentioned we weren’t related but he told me he chose me to be family and that’s as important as family you are born with.
I was sad to see to see him failing in recent years but he accepted his existence with strength, dignity and grace. As a person of the advanced age of 90 Jerry showed me how to live to the end! And I thank him!❤️
 
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Jackie Heins Posted at 11:20am

Beautiful Joey!!
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Steven B Ashfield

Posted at 09:14pm
What can I say about my brother, a lot. He gave me a home in both North Bergan and Pompton Lakes for over 13 years plus with our mother most of the time. He gave me my first job, making wedding proofs for Marc Gerard studioes. Brought me my first car as he said" I brought your sister first one so you should have yours." such a family guy. Bailed me out of jail though case was dismissed. Bought me a pistol to take to Vietnam to protect myself. Why he didn't know Army would give me one I don't know. He and I shared a bed but not for to long. One morning woke up I was about three bed brother wet, next day he went into the service. So I guess I helped save the nation as he protected NJ from those Reds. He also shot down a plane while serving in Bomber wing problem was it was one of ours landing at Mcguire field in NJ. He was a great business man with many ideas some good and some questionable. NTA was the greatest of them all. Marc Gerard studios were you could get everything for your wedding from Limo, pictures to wedding cake even tuxes and gowns. Taking pictures of bowling teams. Yes, drunk bowlers at the alleys. Pictures got lost, wrong teams and fuzzy but it made money and now he still can't go to a bowling alley in Hudson county. I had to teach his kids how to bowl.(For Jackie). U-Haul, we rent you trucks unfortunatly there was a company already doing it with that name. U fix it garage where we rent you the tools and the space with some tech instruction to fix you own car.
The Purple pickle, sounds like a health problem. 108 Bomber squad resturant which ran for a while. He was always trying to make enough to pay for all that his family and extended family need and he did. He only had a few things that bothered him. Did he have enough booze for the sunset cruise at the lake and did they have enough people to play Blub after dinner at the lake.
I will miss you Big. Your L'l brother
 
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Joseph Monga Posted at 07:32am

So sorry Steve. He was one of a kind and will never be forgotten!
 
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Jackie Heins Posted at 11:19am

Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane Uncle Steve! ❤️
 
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kelly j ruland Posted at 03:31pm

The Purple Pickle ! I forgot about that.. :)
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kelly j ruland

Posted at 03:32pm
It was wonderful to share some really great times with you at your home in Pompton as well as your home at the "Rock".
I will reminisce of the quiet times spent at the "Rock" and the plenty of not so quiet times there.
You taught so many of us the appreciation of un-plugging and becoming one with beauty of our surroundings of the Lake.
You brought all together to appreciate spending quality time with family and friends. Booze cruises, playing "Blub" and other silly games, listening to your many stories and so much more. I hope one day ALL that you influenced can come together to give you a GRAND JPA Farewell. Of course with kazoos and fancy hats!!!! Good Times! Actually, best times...
With love and respect until we meet again. My condolences to the family and all who mourn this loss. xo Missy
 
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Jackie Heins Posted at 11:17am

Well said! Thanks Missy!
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