IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Canon Harroldean Ashton '86


The Rev. Canon Harroldean Ashton, (Class of 1986) former Vicar of St. Alban's Episcopal Church, in New Brunswick, New Jersey died September 10, 2013, in Pleasantville, New Jersey. She received her B.A. and her Master of Social Work degree from Howard University before attending The General Theological Seminary. Ashton was ordained as a Deacon serving at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, New York City, where she was ordained to the Priesthood on April 15, 1989 by the Rt. Rev. G. P. Mellick Belshaw, IX Bishop of New Jersey.

In 1990, Ashton began her ministry at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she served the church and community until her retirement in 2008. In 2009, she was one of the recipients of the honorary title of "Canon" from the Diocese of New Jersey.

She was a woman of great wisdom, character, and concern for humankind; she believed that education was a continuous process from the cradle to the grave; and this was exemplified by her continuous involvement enrolling in institutions of higher learning. While in ministry, she returned to General and received her STM in 2001.

Ashton was Superintendent of Sunday School at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Atlantic City, New Jersey, under the Rev. Kenneth MacDonald, as well as Fundraising Chairperson under the Rev. Arnold Hollis, which afforded her the title, "Dean, Dean, The Raffle Queen."

Ashton was a devoted daughter of General Seminary and will be deeply missed. Her parents predeceased her, as well as an aunt, Mary O'Neal. To remember her love and dedication, along with those who knew her at General, she leaves a devoted sister, Myra Ashton Gaynor (Eugene) of Atlantic City, New Jersey; cousins, Virginia Mercer and Lorraine Mercer White of Washington, D.C.; the Ashton Family of King George, Virginia - Ralph, Shirley, Ruth, Mildred, and Earl; and, a host of dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 16 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Trenton. Condolences may be left at