JAH-photo-bwJohn Ashby Hargrove was born on February 25, 1976 in Fort Lauderdale, and passed away on December 18, 2013 in Boca Raton. Johnny was analytical, handsome, sometimes sarcastic, quiet, yet fun-loving. He was skeptical, resilient, tolerant, open minded, curious, caring, and insightful. Johnny graduated from The Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. He received his BA in 1998 from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a joint major in International Business Studies and German, and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity. As a graduate student at The George Washington University, he was completing his final course and expecting to receive his Master of Professional Studies in Law Firm Management in the Spring of 2014. In addition to being in graduate school, Johnny was the Office Administrator for Hargrove Law Group, in Boca Raton, and helped his father develop a boutique civil litigation practice. He was jubilant that while he was “in charge”, the small firm received the coveted Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News “Best Law Firms in America”. His co-workers were like another family to Johnny, and the close-knit group will feel his loss deeply. With the roots of his Butler education running deep, Johnny was naturally a basketball fan. He loved the Bulldogs, the Miami Heat, and was a new fan of the Boston Celtics after they hired the former Butler coach, Brad Stevens. He was also an accomplished ballroom dancer, and had recently performed with the love of his life, Alena Kosolapova. He regularly attended the Indianapolis 500 with his Dad, and loved visiting New York and watching Broadway productions. With travel as a passion he visited England, France, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Canada, Thailand and Ghana. He and Alena planned to go to St. Petersburg, Russia on Christmas Day. Johnny is survived by his heart-broken father and mother, John and Mary Cheryl. His brother and best friend, Jimmy, died in November, 2009. His mourning family includes his grandparents, Sam and Betty Winn Fuller, his aunt, Deborah Fuller, his aunt, Karen and uncle, Craig Wolfe, his cousin, Carolyn Wolfe, and numerous distant cousins. A Memorial Service will be at held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 23 at Babione Funeral Home (East Chapel), 1100 North Federal Highway, in Boca Raton, 33432, with burial to follow. Monsignor Vincent Kelly will conduct the service. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in memory of John Ashby Hargrove, ’98, to Butler University’s Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse, Office of Development, Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208. An online link to donate can be found athttp://www.butler.edu/hinkle-campaign/give-now/.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Dec. 21 to Dec. 24, 2013