Robert L. Ashley, a beloved and cherished member of the community, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2024, in Virginia. He was born on September 18, 1955, in California, and at the time of his passing, he was 68 years old.
Robert dedicated numerous years of his life as an Operations Manager at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, where he found fulfillment in his work and referred to his colleagues as his “Work family”. His charismatic nature, sense of humor, and genuine kindness made him a beacon of light to all who knew him. Robert never met a stranger, always welcoming others with open arms and a warm smile.
Robert’s faith was an integral part of his life. It guided his actions and provided him with strength during both joyful and challenging times. He found solace and inspiration through his beliefs, which he shared with those around him.
Robert had a zest for life that was contagious. His excellent work ethic and dedication to his craft were admired by all. He approached every task with enthusiasm and left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. His commitment to excellence was evident in everything he did.
Robert enjoyed indulging in sweet treats like candy and cookies. He delighted in the simple joys of life and encouraged others to savor every moment. His positive outlook and infectious laughter brought joy to those fortunate enough to be in his presence.
Robert is survived by the love of his life, Donna Edwards, who was his rock and constant companion throughout their journey together. He also leaves behind by his daughter, Gabrielle Ashley and countless family members and friends who will forever cherish the memories they shared with him.
Although Robert’s physical presence may no longer be with us, his spirit will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He will be remembered for his vibrant personality, his unwavering kindness, and his ability to bring people together. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory inspire us to live each day with love, laughter, and a zest for life, just as he did.
In honor of Robert’s memory, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Parkinson’s Foundation to improve care and advance research toward a cure for Parkinson’s disease.