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John F. Ashton, 89

John Felton Ashton, a resident of Darien and former Westport resident, died June 20. He was 89.

He was born in Bronxville, New York and for most of his adult life lived in Darien and Westport,

He was the son of the late Henry Rusling Ashton and Ruth Felton, residents of Bronxville for more than 40 years.

He attended the Harvey School in Hawthorne, New York and in 1947 graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. He received an AB degree in physics from Harvard College in 1951 and J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1954.

Having always had an interest in business, after seven years of private law practice in New York with the firms of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and Patterson, Belknap & Webb. he joined Barnes Engineering Company in Stamford, an infrared instrument manufacturer in the defense and space business.

Over the next 15 years he served as assistant to the president, general counsel and a director of Barnes, an American Stock Exchange listed company.

For 16 years preceding his retirement in 1999, he was a managing director and later became a principal of New York/Stamford-based investment advisory firm, Stuyvesant Capital Management Corp.

This satisfied his long-standing interest in money management which he acquired during a summer job on Wall Street while at law school.

He was active for many years in the Rotary Club of Stamford, which he joined in 1968. Sailing, skiing and tennis were his favorite sports, he had an avid interest in amateur radio since the age of 17. He also loved traditional Dixieland jazz and classical music, especially pipe organ of the J.S. Bach variety.

He is survived by his wife Blythe of Darien, by four children from his first marriage, Sara, John, Martha and James and by two grandsons, Timothy and Christopher.

He is remembered as a role model for integrity, ethical behavior and unwavering commitment to his family.

A private family service and interment will be held in Cornwall, where the Ashtons had a weekend home for over 40 years.

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