Hudson Observer

Family of John Ashby of West Hoboken Abandon Hope for Him

Until to-day the family of John Ashby, of West Hoboken, had some hope for his recovery, but are now convinced that there is no hope of him showing up alive, as certain members of the family have spoken to certain survivors who were in touch with Mr. Ashby shortly before the wreck of the Titanic. the [sic] family of the deceased are therefore resigning themselves to the inevitable.

Edwin V. Ashby, the son, and G. A. Robinson, the son-in-law of Mr. Ashby, have been searching for some time for some clue whereby their hopes might materialize, but unfortunately can find no evidence that Mr. Ashby is still alive or that his body has been recovered. The family has therefore decided to hold a memorial service on Thursday evening, April 25, at the late residence of the deceased, 517 Syms street, West Hoboken, at 8 p.m. All the relatives will be present, along with a few close friends of the family. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Edmund J. Cleveland, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, West Hoboken.

Greenwood A. Robinson, a son-in-law of the deceased, is the manager of the Colonial Theatre, West Hoboken, and he has decided to close down the theatre all day Thursday, April 25, to pay due respect to the memory of his father-in-law.

Owing to Mr. Ashby's close connection with the Colonial Theatre, he will be sadly missed, as is evidenced by the many messages of sympathy expressed by the patrons of the Colonial.

The family of the deceased take this means of thanking all who have expressed their sympathy in this, their hour of bereavement.

In a list of bodies recovered by the Mackay-Bennett, which is at the scene of the disaster, the name of H. W. Ashe is given out as among them. At the White Star offices, where the list was given out, the name is said to probably be that of Mr. Ashby, the missing man from West Hoboken, but cannot be ratified until the bodies reach port. It is possible that in relaying the wireless message the error occurred.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR TITANIC VICTIM (Hudson Observer, Tuesday 23rd April 1912, ref: #1241, published 28 August 2003, generated 29th May 2020 11:46:08 AM); URL :