John Gulick, 86, died at his home on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 with his wife by his side. Mr. Gulick was born in Princeton on March 23, 1926 and is the 10th generation member of his family to reside in Princeton.
Hendrick Van Gulick came from Holland in 1653, landed at Gravesend, now Brooklyn, N.Y. and settled in Kingston, N.J. The homestead overlooking Lake Carnegie is still occupied by family members. His family sold Andrew Carnegie the land for Carnegie Lake.
Mr. Gulick attended the Princeton Day School and graduated from the Pennington Preparatory School in 1944. He lettered in 15 sports, the most any student has ever achieved and in 2000 was inducted into the Pennington Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two years before being honorably discharged.
John graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Tex. in 1950. He played defense on the football team from 1946 to 1950. SMU was ranked the number one team in the nation during this time. He was also recruited by the Dallas Texans professional hockey team, playing defense for two years under the name Jack Zulick.
After graduating college, he returned to Princeton, and once again, was a familiar figure in town. For sixteen years Mr. Gulick was Assistant Head Coach of Princeton “Pee Wee” Hockey and most weekends would find him on the ice rink at Baker Rink teaching the youngest boys how to skate and coaching others in the technique of playing hockey. He was also the Head Coach of the Hopewell Central High School Hockey Team for the 1985-86 season and took them to the State play-offs in their first year. He played defense on the Princeton Hockey Club Team from 1956 to 1973.
Mr. Gulick loved the water and for many years signed on with friends to sail the challenging Bermuda and Halifax races. In later years, he enjoyed taking his own boat deep sea fishing off the New Jersey coast while summering in Mantoloking, N.J. He was a member of the Mantoloking Yacht Club.
Golf was also a great pleasure and challenge for Mr. Gulick. He played most of his golf at Bedens Brook Club in Skillman, where he had three holes-in-one. He was a former member of Hopewell Valley, Springdale, Plainfield, and Hilton Head Plantation Golf Clubs. He was also a long standing member of the Nassau Club in Princeton.
Mr. Gulick joined the Seagrams Company in 1955 and in 1961 he partnered in buying The Wine and Game Shop in Princeton. In 1970 he became National Director of Brands for Renfield Importers. He retired from business in 1983.
During the next 20 years, he and his wife traveled extensively visiting over 125 countries, often returning to the places they most enjoyed. John was a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey and an active participant. He was very knowledgeable about Revolutionary War history and had seven ancestors who fought in the war; Captain John Gulick among them.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elaine Millar Loizeaux Gulick, his sister Katherine Gulick Gardner, her husband Alfred of La Quinta, CA, stepchildren Harold Chamberlain Green and his wife Alice of Glyndon, Md. and Cynthia Green Wappel and her husband John of Flemington. Also three children from his former marriage, Katherine Hoffman of Charlottesville, Va, Ann McCurdy of Albuquerque, N.M. and John Storey Gulick of New York City, as well as many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in his memory, to SAVE, 900 Herrontown Road, Princeton, N.J. 08540 or to the Dr. Francis Harvey Green Fund at the Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Avenue., Pennington, N.J. 08534.
A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, N.J. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, followed by a reception at Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.
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Maddalena Di Meglio
Maddalena Di Meglio, 77 of Princeton, passed away peacefully on January 30, while she was visiting Italy.
Born in the town of Ciglio in Ischia, Italy, she emigrated to Princeton with her husband and children in 1971. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Francesco Di Meglio, her daughter and son-in-law: Anna and Scott MacDuff, her daughter Maria Di Meglio, her daughter and son-in-law: Carla and John MacDuff, her daughter Brunella Di Meglio, her precious grandchildren: Sara, Frank, Catie, Eva, and James, her dearest nephew and his wife: Raffaele and Iolanda Elia, special friends Cathy and Peter Consoli, and many loving relatives both in the United States and Italy. A memorial mass will be held in her honor on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation in her name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.