Donna Ashbee of Glen Mills, Widow of Former Flyer Barry Ashbee, dies at 82

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Donna Ashbee and former Philadelphia Flyers husband Barry.
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Donna Ashbee and husband Barry in 1975.

The widow of former Flyers defenseman Barry Ashbee, actively involved in the Flyers annual charity fundraiser, died May 31.

Donna Ashbee of Glen Mills, 82, was quiet and kind, and well-liked by the team, writes Gary Miles for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

She was active with the Flyers Wives Carnival.

Barry was an assistant coach with the Flyers who died of leukemia in 1977.

A trophy in his name is given each year to the Flyers’ best defenseman. Mrs. Ashbee would present the trophy to the chosen player.

 “She loved hockey and the Flyers, and the whole family atmosphere around the team,” said her daughter, Heather Oehler.

The Flyers alumni association said on Twitter, “Donna was a wonderful person, and will be missed by all.”

She met her husband while they were high school juniors in Weston, Ontario, Canada.

They lived in Hershey while Barry was in minor-league hockey, then moved to Rose Tree-Media when he joined the Flyers in 1970.

Before retiring, Mrs. Ashbee lived in Newtown Square, working for the law firm of Riley Riper Hollin & Colagreco. She volunteered at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

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