Eileen Ashcroft September 15, 2023

Date of Funeral

September 23, 2023

Passed away at Gateway Haven, Wiarton Friday September 15, 2023, with her husband of 70 years Wilfred Ashcroft at her side. Born February 18, 1936, the former Eileen Howe. Mother of Susan “Sue” Carleton of Georgian Bluffs, Daniel Ashcroft of Limberlost, Jeffrey Ashcroft (Kim Scholl) of Wingham, Timothy Ashcroft (April) of Limberlost, Leona Ashcroft of London. Grandmother of Corrine Hickling (Craig), Connie Cook (Mike), John Carleton (Claudia), Ryan Ashcroft (Tiffany), Patrick Ashcroft (Roberta), Graham Ashcroft, Ali Ashcroft, Chris Ashcroft (Emily). Great Grandmother of Cameron and Jenna Cook, Dawson and Alexis Hickling, Tristan and Bianca Carleton, Jory Ashcroft, Bradley, Brigitte, Abigail, Evelyn and Fiona Holley. Also survived by her brothers Archie (Leona) Howe, James “Jim” Howe and David “Morgan” Howe and sisters-in-law Bernadette and Carol Howe, and Wilf’s family Shirley Leeder, Freda (Bud) Greaves, John (Margaret) Ashcroft, George Ashcroft, Mary Stephens, Bonnie Ashcroft. Predeceased by daughter Kathleen “Kay” Hartsgrove, sons Robert and Edward Ashcroft, sons-in-law Jim Hartsgrove and Terry Carleton, grandson Matthew Hartsgrove. Also predeceased by parents Frank and Kathleen (Anderson) Howe, brothers Stanley (Dorothy) and Ronald Howe, in laws Fay Ashcroft, Lawrence “Ladd” (Edythe) Ashcroft and Donald Ashcroft, AJV “Red” Leeder, Barbara Howe & Doreen Howe. Family invite friends to gather at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Peninsula Chapel, 272 Berford St., Wiarton (519) 534-5341 on Friday September 22, 2023 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM, where a service to celebrate Eileen’s life will be conducted on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock. Donations to the Friends of Gateway, or to the Bruce Peninsula Hospitals Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com

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Family invite friends to gather at the Thomas C. Whitcroft Peninsula Chapel, 272 Berford St., Wiarton (519) 534-5341 on Friday September 22, 2023 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM, where a service to celebrate Eileen’s life will be conducted on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock.


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    Sand says

    My love and prayers to u all from Sandi and family . Granddaughter of Ivan Howe

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    Bill Walker says

    Dear Wilf and family,
    May fond memories provide you comfort and hoping it helps to know friends are thinking of you.
    With Sincere Condolence,
    Bill Walker

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    Dave and Adel Middleton says

    She was such a wonderful person and her absence leaves a large void. I hope all of the great memories will help heal your hearts. Sadly, we will be unable to attend this weekend but you will be in our thoughts. Our condolences.

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    Ashley Taylor says

    It was a pleasure caring for Eileen at Gateway Haven. She was a great friend to my grandma Marilyn Stewart always thinking of her and giving her a call, she was such a caring soul. When my Grandpa Don passed away she made sure to tell me some great stories she had of him. She will be missed! Thinking of her entire family during this difficult time.

    With love,
    Ashley Taylor

    Daughter of Kyle Stewart

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    Bonnie Ashcroft says

    So many milestone memories. Wilf and Eileen’s 25th wedding anniversary at what was the Embassy Tavern in Wiarton and just this summer sharing a piece of their 70th anniversary cake. Eileen was a wonderful sister in law. Love Bonnie

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    doug daws says

    We would like to offer condolences to the family of eileen on her passing.
    From Connie and Doug Daws

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    Vivian MacDonald says

    Wilf, and family – I am so very sorry to hear about Eileen – she was a lovely lady. Cherish the memories.
    Vivian (Hardman) MacDonald

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    Debbie Thompson says

    Patrick and Family,
    May memories comfort you and bring you peace during this time of sorrow.
    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.
    Debbie, Bob and Jayne Thompson

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    Becky Madill says

    Sue and family, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She will be greatly missed by many.

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    John & Jeanna Campbell says

    Sending our condolences to the family.

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    Burt & Barb Liverance says

    Sincere sympathy to Wilf & family. Eileen was a super lady & always had a super smile. We always had a great time together at Red Bay Lodge for the municipal Christmas parties. Rip Eileen

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    Dorothy K Hardman(Tuffnell) says

    May your memories of Eileen as a wife and mother bring happiness on a trip down many years of memories. I always thought she was a beautiful lady and I recall enjoying her hosting the Limberlost gathers for winter fun a few times. May she RIP and may you know I am thinking and praying for you all at this time.

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    Donna & Kelly Thompson says

    Such a fun loving person. always enjoying life to the fullest. Rest in Peace Eileen.

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    Marg Tambling says

    To the Families of Eileen Ashcroft. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. She was such a nice person. I really loved her a lot. Please accept our sympathies at this sad time.
    Gary and Marg Tambling

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    Cecil and Judy Bridge says

    So sorry to hear , our heartfelt sympathy to your family.

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    Joy Ward says

    Wilf and family: sincere condolences from Joy and Ernie Ward. Eileen always brightened my day when I shopped at Steip’s, and was always so friendly in the many years since then.

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    Joanne Lancaster says

    Our family sends our condolences to all of your family. She will be missed.

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    Wendy ( says

    My deepest sympathies to the whole family. I remember Eileen as always having a sincere smile and gentle hello for everyone she knew.

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    Wendy (Gatis) Volpe says

    My deepest condolences to the whole family. I remember Eileen as having a sincere smile and gentle hello for everyone she knew.

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    Donna & Ken oliver says

    Sincere condolences to your family on the passing of Eileen.

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    Stan Hoath says

    Wilf And Family. Sincere Sympathy In The Passing Of Your Loved One Eileen .Cherish All The Memories.

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    Patsy McArthur says

    Condolences to Wilf and family,

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    Greg Ashcroft says

    Sympathies to Uncle Wilf and family with the passing of Aunt Eileen. Great memories of your road trip to Australia for Jess and I’s wedding.

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    Jim Cunningham says

    My deepest Condolences to Eileen’s family as I learn of her passing.

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