It is with great sadness that we heard of the untimely passing of Stuart Ashton. Not only was he a member of Skye Mountain Rescue Team, but was an avid supporter of SARDA Scotland. Stuart spent time with local handlers Tony and Jonah acting as a body – thinking nothing of lying about in bogs and cliffs so that the dogs were tested to their full ability, but he also attended SARDA Scotland training weekends where, along with other bodies he would remain in place – often finding the most awkward places and positions which were great for both dogs and handlers until the training was finished. Always a smile on his face and a chuckle when the handlers finally arrived. He loved that few minutes of play with the dogs while waiting for the handlers to catch their breath. Stuart and Tania also raised funds at their Bed and Breakfast for SARDA Scotland for which we will be forever grateful.
Stuart left us doing something he committed his life to and those who had the pleasure of working, meeting or knowing him, including all the dogs will know he will be sorely missed. It was fitting that Jonah and his dog Mack helped bring him home.
Stuart you will never be forgotten and if there is an after life we are sure that you will be watching over us all, chuckling when someone finds a good hiding place and smiling when a new dog passes its assessment.
Sleep peacefully. You will always have a space in our hearts. We are all thinking of Tania and the family he leaves behind. You were part of our family and we will miss you.