Donald Ashworth
Died on Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Photo taken at The Village Inn, Gt. Harwood, 20th Aug 2004 by Fred Burnett

25/10/13 -  I was sorry to hear from Margaret Ashworth, that her husband Don, died on Wednesday 23rd October in the early evening. Don was not only an ex colleague from my early working days in Rochdale, he was also trombonist with the Rochdale based band, The Wolverines back in the 1950s. Margaret told me, "He had had his 82nd birthday on Tuesday and, although he has had a few problems over the last few years, he has not let them stop him getting on with an active life.  Don was taken into Fairfield Wednesday early morning and died the way he would have chosen, quickly and pain free.  It is some years now since Don played his trombone but there are a lot of musicians out there who knew Don and, of course, I know that you knew Don from your BT days". 

25/10/13 - Dear Fred, I played with Don Ashworth in The Wolverines, I guess some time in the 1980s. I enjoyed his playing and company, and I can remember that Wally Davies (rds) was present on several occasions and of course John Taylor was on trumpet. I'm sorry to hear of his passing but he did his bit in generating the music we like for the folks we like. Please pass on my sympathies to his wife and family. Meanwhile, there's still a lot of jazz coming out of Rochdale. Kind regards,

Malcolm Hogarth

25/10/13 -

So sorry to hear of Dons death.

Must admit its a long time ago, but I remember him from the late 50's when we played at "Ye Olde Clock Face" in Toad Lane Rochdale I believe.  I played piano with The Oriole Jazz Band ..then The Crescent ...later Pete Haslam's Collegians.  We probably did a few gigs at other all nighters at The Cavern where a number of bands were crammed into the small band room.

Condolences to the family.
Brenda Canty-Forrest...(Tomkins)

29/10/13 -

I was saddened to hear of the passing of trombone player, Don Ashworth. I, too, remember Don from the band run by John Taylor and resident at the Eagle in Rochdale; the band was called the Wolverines. I remember it particularly since it was the first regular band that I joined since "emigrating" up here in 1977. Don, although a quiet kind of guy, always played with verve, with gusto and a certain elan that brought a touch of liveliness to the proceedings. Sadly missed. My condolences to the family.

Noel Broadgate

15/11/13 -

Caroline, Martin and I wish to thank yourself and those people, both through your site and with personal phone calls for the kind comments made about Don. May I also add a big thank you to Dave Moore, Barry Aldous and John Gordon for the fabulous tribute they paid to him at our reception after the funeral. It was greatly appreciated by everyone. Don was always a quiet, caring husband and father who loved his music. He is being very much missed. -

Margaret Ashworth


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