PERU — The Rev. Ronald Ashworth, 74, of Peru died Wednesday, Oct. 27, at his residence.
He was born in New Bedford, Mass., May 29, 1936, a son of the late John E. and Dorothy (Vinal) Ashworth. He was a graduate of New Bedford High School and he also attended Bangor Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a minister on Nov. 28, 1999.
Rev. Ashworth was the youth director and then executive director at the Bath YMCA from 1960 to 1968, he was the executive director at the Rumford Community Center from 1968 to 1977; from 1977 to 1979, he was the executive director at the Salem County YMCA; and from 1979 to 1981, he was the executive director at the Camden YMCA.
At each of theses places, he also ran the gymnastics program. From 1981 to 1999, Rev. Ashworth was the pastor of the Mexico Congregational Church in Mexico; from 1999 to 2001, he was the pastor of the Lovell United Church of Christ; from 2001 to 2005, he was the pastor of the Weld Congregational Church, in 2005, he served as pastor at Rangeley Congregational Church for five months, and from 2007 to 2010, he returned to serve as pastor at the church in Lovell.
He served as chairman of the Board for Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, as well as chairman of the Farrington Morton Cemetery Association. He served on the board of the Rumford Community Hospital, was also a member of Rotary, Lion’s Club of Bath, Red Cross, Maine Parks and Recreation, GRAMPS, Pilgrim Lodge, where he served as dean for 10 years, and YMCA Leadership School Staff.
He was married in New Bedford, Mass., Feb. 23, 1957 to Alice Lowe, who survives of Peru. Other survivors include four daughters, Karen Miller of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bonnie Ashworth and partner, Terry Timmerman, of Sanbornton, N.H., Sherry Spencer and partner, Ken Glenville, of Augusta, Ga., and Heidi Arsenault and her husband, Roland, of Mexico, a sister, Myra Crosby of West Paris; a brother, Richard Ashworth of New Bedford, Mass., who passed away on Thursday, Oct. 28; grandchildren, Kristopher Miller, Kayla Miller, David Spencer, Kirsten Shealy, Jacob Arsenault, Kelsey Arsenault, Casey Timmerman and Lee Timerman; a great-granddaughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Shealy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Ashworth, of Dighton, Mass.
Friends are invited to sign the register book and share memories with the family at www.meaderandson.com.