Earl C. Astbury

East Otis, Mass. — Earl C. Astbury is finally at peace after his long, hard fight with cancer, and rejoins his wife and love, Ann, who pre-deceased him on Jan. 28, 2012. Earl’s final days were comforted by his son, Carl and the endless devoted care of his loving daughter, Leslie and husband, Nelson who were always there for him.

Born Earl Calvin Astbury to Earl A. Astbury and Della M. Dunbar Astbury Mayo, Earl was raised in Hartford, Vt. and attended Hartford High School. Fond memories included going dandelion picking with his Aunt, Mabel and family and spending time with his favorite cousins, Linda Dunbar and her brothers, Leon R., Lawrence J., and Rodney A. Dunbar, as well as spending time with his school friends.

Early in his work career, he worked at Gilman’s Lumber Mill, carpentry, and farming. Married to Ann L. Astbury Sept. 27, 1968, Earl became an instant father to Ann’s five children, Jean, Carl, Leslie, Adam & Gabrielle.

A man of few words but strong resolve, Earl worked hard and was devoted to providing for family at all times.

His closest friends were from Schweitzer-Maudiut (formerly Kimberly-Clark) where Earl worked a dedicated 37 years retiring in 2007 to take care of his ailing wife.

Earl’s passions included his love of hunting, fishing, bowling, NASCAR, and the Green Bay Packers, but most important was his love for his grandson, Joseph Daley whom he watched grow from baby to young man and whom he loved to watch race Motocross rooting Joseph on. He and Ann attended football games at U. Mass, and also enjoyed Mohegan Sun.

Earl leaves behind his step-children, Jean-Paul Becker, Carl A. Becker, Leslie A. (Trachier) Daley and husband, Nelson Daley, Adam Trachier and wife, Lisa, and M. Gabrielle (Webb) Kuelh; his grandchildren, Rachael (Daley) Otto, Joseph Daley, Nicholas M. Becker, Tiffany Kuehl, Cassidy Kuehl, and Chelsea Kuehl; and great grandchildren, S. Connor Otto and Dominic Sarno. His Sister Jannette (Astbury) Dunbar and husband, Francis; niece, Danelle (Dunbar) Cameron and husband James; nephew, Stuart Dunbar, and his favorite people, his cousins, Linda (Dunbar) (Raymond) Hurd and husband, Norman.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires in care of the Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St. Pittsfield, MA 01201.