Longtime West Virginia Legislator Bob Ashley passes away at the age of 70

By RealWV Staff,

Longtime West Virginia lawmaker and lifetime public servant Bob Ashley has passed away. The Marshall University graduate and Roane County resident was 70-years-old.

In a written statement released after the announcement was made of Ashley’s passing, Roger Hanshaw, speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, said, “Bob was the kind of public servant we unfortunately don’t see enough of these days: the person who runs for public office to serve the greater good. He came from a family of service, and we all should be grateful he and Anita nurtured an even further generation of service.”

“Bob represented my district when I was growing up, and he’s who first asked me to consider running for office, serving as the model legislator,” Hanshaw continued. “He showed how to keep your family first. He led what was then the Minority party with a decorum that can be tough to muster when you’re always on the losing side of what you believe is right. And he demonstrated congeniality when he returned some years later as Republicans were in the Majority.”

“Maya Angelou said people forget what you say and what you do, but they never forget how you made them feel, and that’s evident with Bob Ashley,” Hanshaw added. “He’s leaving us much too early, but if you ever had the pleasure of interacting with Bob, you know that every interaction with him was in fact a pleasure, and always with a smile. He will be sorely missed.”

In a similar statement, West Virginia Senate President Craig Blair added, “I was shocked to learn of the passing of our former colleague and dear friend, Bob Ashley.”

“Bob’s long and dedicated service to Roane County and the state of West Virginia is a testament to the love he had for this state and its people,” Blair noted. “That love, of course, was secondary to the love he had for his wife, sons, and grandchildren. On behalf of the Senate, we extend our deepest condolences to Bob’s family, and we will keep them in our prayers as they come together to remember this life well lived.”

Gov. Jim Justice expressed the heartbreak that both he and First Lady Cathy Justice feel over Ashley’s passing, and asked that “all West Virginians to keep his family in your prayers.”

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