SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampden Registrar of Deeds Donald Ashe has died, a family member confirmed to 22News Tuesday morning.
“One of the nice things about Donny Ashe was he worked at the Springfield redevelopment authority for a long time before he was successfully elected registrar of deeds and I think in Donny Ashe’s memory we could also say in terms of politics,” Rep. Richard Neal told 22News.
Ashe is the father of State Representative Brian Ashe. He was first elected as Hampden Registrar of Deeds in 1982. In April of this year, he formally announced his intention to seek reelection.
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin expressed his condolences to the Ashe family in a statement sent to 22News.
“Donald Ashe was a good friend and a wonderful man who served the people of Hampden County well for several decades,” Galvin said. “He took great steps to modernize the Registry of Deeds over his many years of service to the County and he will be greatly missed across Massachusetts.”
Galvin appointed Kelly Cavanaugh-Kelly to acting Registrar of Deeds and Assistant Recorder of the Land Court Tuesday morning. She served under Ashe as First Assistant Register of Deeds.
A statement issued by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said:
“I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Registrar of Deeds Don Ashe. He was always a gentleman, always dapperly clad and he brought professionalism to the Registry of Deeds, all in the name of enhanced and better constituent services. He emceed many events that I was at and always had that outstanding Irish wit and wisdom. My thoughts, prayers, and encouragement go out to his family and friends. A true public servant. May God rest his soul.”
Details on services for Registrar Ashe will be made available at a later time.