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“Going to go visit with you for your birthday, I really miss you... I wanted answers, I wanted closure but that's not important.. I'm just going to...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Destiny Woods - Irvine, CA

“Love you and miss you. Love, your girls Aubree and Natalie xoxo ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Natalie T - Orange, CA - Family

“Its been a year already since your passing and I still think of you more often than not, and I still miss you each passing day! A year came and went...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Jaimie D. - Las Vegas, NV

“"D" was an amazing young man. He was loved and is greatly missed. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Maria Ireland - las vegad, NV

“To the family of Delroy, you dont know me but i knew your son. It wasn't for very long, but I was with him the last few weeks of February. We met and...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Jaimie D. - Las Vegas, NV

“Gillian, family & friends...I am sorry I missed the service yesterday . I just wanted to extend my sincere condolences one more time and to urge you...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Princess - Corona

“I just learned of Delroy's passing. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for your loss of a wonderful young man. He worked hard at Creekside. ...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Roxane Olsh - irvine, CA

“Dearest Gillian, Alex and Muzi, Chloe and family. Words cannot describe the pain and anguish I feel with you. It is a confusing time for us as we...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Donata Senda - Santa Ana, CA

“R.I.P.Delroy..... ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Chinyamurindi - Los Angeles, CA

“Dear Gillian and Family, There are no adequate words for such a time as this. It appears that our language fails us as whatever we say seems hollow...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Eula Anyiwo on behalf of the Anyiwo family

“Dear Jillian and Family,There's no greater sorrow to see your children leave before you. There's no words that can comfort your pain. We offer a...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Ding-Jo & Mark - Huntington Beach, CA

“In the blink of an eye all were blindsidedInstead of planning an open house they're planning a funeralInstead of tears of joy at graduation they're...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Tendai Zumbika - Los Angeles, CA

“When Delroy would stay with us at times he would get up an asked every time Mrs. Reid. Do you mind me getting something to eat,he was always welcomed...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Delia Reid - Irvine, CA

“Though you walk thru the valley of darkness,fear no evil for the lord is with you. God Bless your soul. you will be missed and always thought about....Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Mrs.Reid - Irvine, CA

“Tonight my son called me with the sad news of losing Delroy, who was the best friend of his friend. My prayers are with the family and my words...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Loretta - Newport Beach, CA

“Rest in peace delroy. You were a beautiful soul. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Ariana - Irvine, CA - friend


Delroy Tatenda Ashton was born November 4, 1991 in Harare, Zimbabwe to Gillian Beverly Ashton and Eddie Barros.

He spent the early years of his life in Zimbabwe, where he lived with his mother, Grandma & Grandpa Ashton, Aunty Chloe and Uncle Kevin. His mother later moved to the United States and he joined her and his younger sister, Alexzandria in Orange County, California in 2006. He had wonderful dreams about life with them and opportunities in America.

Delroy attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest and Creekside High School in Irvine, California where he graduated high school in 2012. This was one of the highlights of his life.

Delroy had a kind heart and loving spirit with strong believes and convictions about how life could be. He was always searching for true understanding and meaning in life in a very complex world. He was a kind, sensitive, giving, loyal, creative person, who enjoyed helping others and sharing whatever he had with them. He had a gift of making people smile and a passion for graphic art, music, and dance.

As a young man, he had a deep love for his mother and sister. They were extremely important to him. He wanted to be sure they would be cared for. In October of 2013, his concerns were addressed. His mother married Muzi Patella. This gave him assurance and peace about his concern for them.

He accepted the Lord in 2012 and reconfirmed his acceptance to God in 2014 asking God to help him navigate life in ways pleasing to Him. The Lord called him home to be with Him in a place of perfect peace on March 5, 2015.

He is survived by his loving Mother Gillian Beverly Patella; Father, Eddie Barros; Stepfather, Muzi Patella; Sister, Alexzandria Ashton; Daughter, Aubree Thompson; Aunt, Chole Ashton; Uncle, Kevin Ashton ; Uncle, Joseph Ashton; Uncle, David Ashton; Aunts, Tina and Tanya Ashton and a host of other relatives, love ones, and friends.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation, gratitude, and thanks for the many expressions of condolence, sympathy, and support from loved ones and friends during this difficult time. They also extend their thanks to the staff of McCormick & Son Mortuary, 25002 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Woods, Ca 92637 for their dedication and service in celebrating the life and homegoing of their love one.

Interment will take place immediately after the memorial service at El Toro Memorial Park, 25751 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, California 92630.

Immediately following interment, please fellowship with the family at the family's residence located at
#186 Santa Louisa, Irvine, CA 92606.
Entry Gate Code #6300

Funeral Home
McCormick and Son Mortuaries
25000 Moulton Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Tel. (949) 768-0933

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