Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Ashor passed away peacefully from this life into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday February 6th at the age of 88. He was born to Joseph and Marianna Ashor of New Kensington, Pennsylvania on September 27th, 1929.
Gilbert graduated from the University of Pittsburg medical school, in Pittsburg, PA in 1954. During the summer of 1953, he came to California for an externship at Cottage Hospital and it was then he met the love of his life, his wife of 63 years, Carol Humphrey. After their marriage in the summer of 1954, Gil served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy for 3 years with stations in Pensacola, Florida, Subic Bay in the Philippines, and the Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA. Over the years Gil and Carol became the proud parents of five children, four boys and a girl. He thereafter practiced medicine in Solvang, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles California, where he served with a cardiovascular/thoracic surgical group for 17 years.
After 40 years, Gil retired from his formal practice in 1989, but as he would always say, "there's a lot more living to do out there." After retirement he went on to serve on the board of directors of many organizations in Santa Barbara. In addition, Gil and Carol were active and devoted members of the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara.
Gilbert's family remembers his unfailing devotion to God, his deep love for his family and friends and his sacrificial service to his patients. Second only to his love for the Lord, his family meant everything to him. He will also be remembered for his passionate service to God in his medical missionary work that took him to Nepal, China, Africa and India throughout his life. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving God's call in Miraj, India where he assembled surgical teams to carry on his work of training and teaching in the field of heart disease and open heart surgery. He was a lover of song and singing, and was active in the Santa Barbara Choral Society for many years. Gil was known for his kind, generous, compassionate, and optimistic spirit, which genuinely touched the lives of everyone he met. He had an uncanny ability to make everyone he met feel like they were special.
Gilbert leaves behind his wife Carol, children Joseph (Myra), Michael (Leslie), David (Karen), Cheryl Breneman (Bill), and Stephen, thirteen grand children and seven great grandchildren. He has two surviving sisters Evelyn McCabe and Louise Jacques, both from Phoenix, AZ. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Marianna Ashor, brother, Ned Ashor and sister, Gloria Sanders. He was known by nieces and nephews as "Uncle Gibby".
A viewing will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel on Thursday, February 15th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. A memorial service to celebrate Gilbert's life and his service to God will be held on Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of State and Constance. In lieu of flowers, please consider the following organizations - Direct Relief International, S.B; Wounded Warriors, S.B; Pregnancy Crisis, S.B and Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.