Chris Ash 1953-2022
On August 17th, 2022, our friend Chris Ash passed away at the Miller Centre in St. John's after a long illness. To all who cared for him, we send our condolences.
Chris was a friend to all of us at Davis Shipping Limited throughout our entire history. He started his company, North Atlantic Marine Consulting Services, back in 1990, just a year after our own company's incorporation date. Bruce & Chris spoke to each other on the phone almost every day for thirty years and more, and worked together on many projects. I remember Chris fondly for his terrible jokes which he always did the most laughing at, for his constant friendly & uplifting demeanour, and his entrepreneurial spirit.
Before Chris' death, we were talking about buying his company and integrating it with our own as the future of our family business. With Bruce's lifetime of seagoing experience and Fred's newly gained knowledge studying Marine Engineering Systems Design at MUN's Marine Institute, and the input of myself and Duke as usual, Chris thought we'd do a great job of it.
Bruce, Duke, and Fred started surveying vessels on Chris' behalf while he was sick, and we are continuing that work while we sort out how to continue with our plans as Chris' estate is being settled so that there isn't too much of a wait period for those who have already had their survey conducted but have not yet received their survey.
I am hoping to be able to announce a merger of Davis Shipping Limited and North Atlantic Marine Consulting Services Limited very soon (with a new name).