Stephen Ashton (1954 – 2016)

Dearly beloved son of Jean Cameron Ashton (nee Millar) and (John Roy) Stuart Ashton (dec).

Much loved older brother of Meredith Watson.

Loving husband and soulmate of Rosemary Nixon.

Proud and adored father of Louisa and Kate.

Loved and admired son-in-law of John and Barbara Nixon (both dec).

Cherished brother-in-law of Ginny Nixon, James Nixon and Hugh Watson.

Steve had remarkable vision and the talent to see it realised, through leadership, co-operation and creativity. He was an architect and a founder of Ashton Raggatt McDougall, later ARM Architecture. Steve, together with Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall, was awarded the AIA Gold Medal this year. Steve competed in car rallies over 40 years and was involved in motorsport governance for 20 years, being honoured as a Life Member of CAMS.

Steve was exposed to asbestos brake pads in the 70s and died of mesothelioma. Steve and Ro have established a philanthropic bequest to support architecture, medical research and environmental causes.

The family acknowledges with gratitude the exceptional care of A/Prof Thomas John, with Prof Lindsay Grayson and Dr Rosana Hage-Ali. Thanks to all the staff of Warringal Private Hospital, particularly Sutherland Ward and Day Oncology.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held in late August. For details, see later paper or email or