Ashbel Green Gulliver, Jr. was born in New Haven, Connecticut 10/7/1933 the third and final child to Eugenia Porter Gulliver and Ashbel Green Gulliver. He attended Hamden Country Day, then Pomfret Academy before his college career at Yale. An American History major, Ash sang with the Yale Glee Club and the Bakers Dozen before being inducted into the Whiffenpoofs. He completed his medical degree at New York Medical College, and after a brief stint in the Air Force, residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hartford Hospital, he started practice at the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington Connecticut in 1964, caring for women with skill and compassion until his retirement in 1998.
Ash was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Alice McGeehin Gulliver, and his sibling Penny Gulliver. He is survived by his wife Madelyn Cerritelli Gulliver, daughter Suzy Bird Gulliver, stepdaughters Rhoda Cerritelli, Margo Esparo, Dara Varano, their spouses, and stepson Dominick Cerritelli. He adored his many grands, their partners and especially his great granddaughter Fiona Audrey Joyal. Ash’s sister, Anne Frey, and husband Walter Frey also survive him, as does a very large clan of nieces and nephews, many of whom reached out regularly to him before and during this final illness. Dear friends, too numerous to mention, were a support and ballast to him, and he loved keeping up with everyone’s news. Although his cell phone was sometimes a vexation to him, he frequently marveled at how it kept him connected. He was truly interested in the lives of others, and was characterized by many as an exceptionally kind man and a marvelous listener.
In addition to Ash’s love of family, he was devoted to Litchfield County and its citizens. He was a member of the Litchfield Country Club, the Sanctum, the Vero Beach Yacht, and The Yale Club of New York. He served on the Board of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. He sang under Jono Babbit’s direction with the Litchfield Choral Union, and had great fun with the various Yale Alumni groups that performed around the world as well as with the barbershop quartet The Elm City Four. Madelyn and he travelled extensively, and certainly lived life up and down the East Coast with vim and vigor. Ash gave his last concert with his beloved Whiff Alumni group at Bobby's in Vero Beach not too many weeks ago. His yodel will draw smiles forevermore. He will be deeply missed.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Foundation of America, 1707 L Street NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20036.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 49 South Street, Litchfield. Calling hours will be held prior to Mass from 9:30 – 10:30am at Thurston Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield, CT.