Ashley E. Drinkwater

Sep 11, 2017

South Thomaston — Ashley Earle Drinkwater, 92, much-loved husband of Diana, passed away Aug. 26, 2017, at home in Spruce Head, where he was born in 1925. He was the son of Earle and Harlene Drake Drinkwater.

A lobsterman by trade and heart, he also loved filming nature and animals. He was proud to be a veteran of World War II. He entered the service after several tries. He was 16 years old and needed to wear heavy socks in order to pass the height requirement. An accomplished typist, he was assigned to a desk job, which allowed him to learn of the battles before everyone else. He also worked with Dr. Robert Goddard and was on the craft that flew the first jet engine in the U.S. While in the service, he hitchhiked throughout the U.S.

After the war, he returned to his first love, lobstering, where he remained until retirement at 82. During this time, he met and married his child bride of nearly 40 years, Diana Rackliff. He wrote several unpublished books of the history of the area and different locales, his favorite bieng his beloved Hewitt Island.

He loved children, and at any given time, would have a truckful in his younger days ... if they could talk him into ice cream or a road trip!

Ashley was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth of Rockland and Lloyd of Portland; two sisters, Marilyn Milliken and Tharon Milliken, both of Portland; two nephews, Ryan Burch of Spruce Head and Philip Smith of South Thomaston; and a friend, William Batty Sr., of Spruce Head. His dog, Baron, died recently.

He is survived by his wife, Diana; sister-in-law Julie Smith and her husband, Roger, and son Chad of South Thomaston; brothers-in-law Ernest of South Thomaston and Wade Rackliff of Prentis and their families; two nieces, Patty Burch and Karen Thompson, both of Spruce Head; a special cousin, Walter Drinkwater Jr., of Spruce Head; and special friends Virginia Reed of Windham and Thornton Batty of St. George.

In keepig with his wishes, there will be no formal services. There will be a celebration of life Sept. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of Julie Smith on Watermans Beach Road in South Thomaston.

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