Cec Ashley worked his whole life in the forest industry. Starting out at fifteen years of age in the planer mills and sawmills on Vancouver Island, BC, he eventually worked in practically all phases of lumbering from planting trees, to logging in the interior of British Columbia to selling and shipping lumber to the Japanese market when he formed his own company Fuji Wood Products. So named because his wood products went to Fuji city at the base of Mount Fuji where there were many paper mills that used his products.
But throughout the years and all the different lumber companies Cec worked for his first love was HIllcrest Lumber Company. His grandfather, father, and brother all worked for this company. In 2004 Cec and his wife Joyce became the organizers of the Hillcrest Lumber Company Employees reunions. Even after 50 years since HIllcrest closed its doors, every year an incredible 75 to 100 former employees and relatives and grandchildren of founder Carlton Stone gather at the original community hall that the company built in the quaint town of Mesachie Lake, for a catered lunch and to meet and greet old friends and former workmates and talk over old times.