Mortimer Roland Ashe, 90, of Providence, departed this life for his eternal home on April 23, 2018 at Roger Williams Medical Center. He was a resident at Elmhurst Extended Care.
Mortimer was born on December 19, 1927 in Providence to the late Pauline Brown and James Ashe. He received his formal education through the Providence Public School System and graduated from Hope High School in 1945.
Mortimer was self-employed most of his life. He became interested in antiques and for many years his shop was located on Wickenden Street. When most of us were sleeping, he was
pulling an all-nighter. His heart was in his work. He was a handyman doing odd jobs throughout the Providence area and beyond. After closing the antique business, he was employed by Residential Properties as a handyman until his health began to decline. He retired from his labor of love in 2015.
Mortimer united with the Olney Street Baptist Church in 1940. He loved singing in the choir, and with his deep bass voice “Go Down Moses” became his signature song. He was one of the original members of the Gospel Ambassadors as well as a member of the Male Chorus. As a member of the church, he was called upon do many jobs. His motto was, “Be a job big or small, do it right or not at all.” Mortimer was well known by the broken down trucks he drove - overloaded with “junk” hauling everything under the sun.
Mort, as he was often called, did not meet any strangers. He loved Olney Street Baptist Church, and for a period of time served as the church’s Historian in addition to serving on the Trustee Ministry and wherever he was needed. He was a true servant of the Lord. You will find his name placed on one of the bricks on the Wall of Remembrance in the lower vestibule in his honor given by a former member and friend
In 1966, he met the love of his life, and on June 25, 1988 he married Agnes Hill Ashe. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Agnes, of 29 years; one step-daughter, Sheila Smith, one step-son, Donald Dockery, one grandson, Raymond Smith III, one granddaughter, Shannon Smith and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers Lauriston Ashe, Sr. (Arsena) of Providence and Randall Ashe (Eugenia) of Fort Myers, FL, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by one sister, Gwendolyn Butler.