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Robert Mark Ashcraft
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“Bob was a wonderful person who will always be in our hearts~we will never forget his warmth and open arms he brought to the neighborhood ( and his...Read More »
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“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you Sara. Bob was a special person and even when I didn't see him for a while, it picked up right where we...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Myers - Las Vegas, NV

“Sincere condolences.Mike Cullen ”
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“Thoughts of sympathy are with you today. Numbers 6:24-26 ”
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“Bob stepped in to help my family when things got rough. His kind deeds were beyond words, as my then young children still remember him sharing to...Read More »
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“May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: LD - NC

“My deepest sympathies. May the "God of all comfort," help to ease the pain of your grief during this time.(1 Cor 1:3,4,,, ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Sara my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Bob always had a way to make me laugh even I was in a bad mood. He had a smile for...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Danae McMahon - Ontario, OH

“very sorry your your loss, Sara. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Sara, and family so sorry to here of bob's passing . We played racquet ball for many years at Penfied fitness. Rest in peace my friend. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Skip Otterbein - Prescott, AZ

“Sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of taking care of Bob at the Day Service Program at the Jewish Home. May he rest in peace. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Patty Gavens - Rochester, NY

“My greatest sympathies to Sara, Frank and Alex. I will always carry fond memories of Bob and our friendship. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Dennis Axelsen - Jefferson, WI

“My Deepest Sympathy goes out to Sara, Alex, Frank & Ashcraft Family. Bob was truly a kind and gentle person. He will truly be missed. If I have ...Read More »
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Pittsford: Sunday, April 8, 2018. Passed away in hospice care at the Rochester Jewish Home, holding the hands of his sons. He will be greatly missed by his family: Sara, his wife of 44 years, and his two sons, Franklin (Rochester, NY) and Alexander (Medford, MA); brothers, Phillip Ashcraft (Martha Ashcraft) of Glenelg, MD and Stephen Ashcraft of Lexington, KY; sister-in-law, Kimberly Frier (Blair Frier) of Columbus, OH; nieces, Emily McMillian (J.G. McMillian) and Heather Ashcraft; nephews, David Ashcraft (Kim Ashcraft), Nathan Ashcraft, and Sean Ashcraft, and Bob’s devoted Boston Terrier, Bailey. He will also be missed by the numerous friends he collected everywhere he went. His genuine kindness, fun-loving personality, clever wit, and his ability to magically suspend a teaspoon from his nose will be long remembered. Bob’s parents, Mary Jo and Carl Ashcraft and Bob’s brothers, Gregory Ashcraft and Michael Ashcraft proceeded him in death. Bob was born in West Virginia and grew up there in Charleston. He graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV, with a degree in mathematics and computer science. He worked in software technology for many years, first in colleges and universities, then for Rochester-based Information Associates and related companies, where he developed and implemented student and financial systems. Through Bob’s work, the family moved from Charleston, WV to Dallas, TX to Herndon, VA, and finally to the Rochester area. However, no matter where he lived, Bob was always a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. At the age of 60, Bob was stricken with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), a little known, but unfortunately not rare, neurological disease. The form Bob had robbed him of his ability to speak and to comprehend language and eventually took away his ability to move-a terrible loss for a man who always loved to compete in sports and who rarely sat still for very long. The disease even robbed him of his ability as a top-rate amateur chef who was always trying new recipes and whose wonderful cookies were loved by everyone. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. at St. John of Rochester Church, 8 Wickford Way, Fairport, NY. Instead of calling hours, the family invites you join them in celebrating Bob’s life at a reception at Flaherty’s Three Flags Inn, 113 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Macedon, NY, following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (theaftd.org) or to Literacy Volunteers of Rochester (literacyrochester.org).

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