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RICHARD CULLIS Founder and President of Dial One Wolfedale Electric, passed away on September 10, 2010. Richard was a Master Electrician with a passion for this trade. He was born and raised in Scotland, and immigrated to Canada in 1971. In 1973, Richard co-founded Wolfedale Electric and in 1982 became the company's sole owner. Today, Dial One Wolfedale Electric is an industry-leading commercial electrical contractor. Richard's passion for the electrical industry goes unmatched. He is the former Chairman of the Board for the Ontario Electrical Leagues and was very prominent in industry associations and governmental affairs relating to the electrical trade. Richard will be remembered with fondness and respect by all who knew him. He was a red-haired Scotsman who was larger than life and a force to be reckoned with! He treated his employees like family and believed he has a responsibility to ensure that they had steady work and a career with a future. An avid golfer, Richard also loved his motorcycle, fishing and spending time on his boat. Richard leaves behind his wife Alice and was the proud father of two daughters, Jackie (Ken) Strachan and Michelle (Nicholas) Ponory. Friends and relatives will be received at Meadowvale Visitation Centre, 7732 Mavis Rd., Brampton (north of Hwy. 407 at Ray Lawson Blvd.), 905-451-4358, on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 5-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 5-9 p.m. If desired, donations to the Charity of your choice would be appreciated. 'Forever in our Hearts'

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Published in Toronto Star from Sep. 12 to Sep. 13, 2010.
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January 25, 2016
You are good man richard love your thougths
men rao
May 11, 2011
We are shocked to hear of Richards passing today. I am lost for words.
Michael A McSherry
May 11, 2011
Such a shock to discover Richard's passing 8 months after the fact. My sincere condolences to Alice, Jacki and Michelle. Patricia McSherry (2nd cousin to Alice). Bath UK
Patricia McSherry
September 28, 2010
Richard was one of the few greats in our Industry. Personally, my respect for Richard was "A plus". Why, "a hand shake was Rock Solid". Plus, Richard always treated people with respect. Then there was "that vision". Bottom line, Allan J. Boch is a better person (personally and in business) from knowing Richard Cullis. Once again, my Condolences.
Allan Boch
September 24, 2010
Richard you are the kindest most gentle and loving person I know. A light has gone out in my life but you will be in my heart forever.

Love you always
Denise & Craig xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Denise Bennett
September 20, 2010
We miss you so much, you treated me and my husband way too good even when you let me practice driving in your fancy car even with my road rage, and the 2am Dennys trips when you picked me up from work.
You were a crazy scotsman who had the kindest heart.
We love you so much and will never forget you, you will always be in our hearts x x x x x x x
Louise and Robin Horvath
September 20, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the Cullis family as the world has lost a wonderful person. I will miss him dearly and I fell blessed to have known him.
J. Cochrane
September 20, 2010
It is with great sadness that we hear of Richard's passing. He was one great Man.
Richard and Alice were my very first customers when I moved to Toronto back in 1985. Joe had introduced me to them as he had called on them for many years and had great respect for them and thought I would get along with them and he was absoluty right. I learned alot from Richard as we did alot of design build projects together. I also admired Richard as he worked hard but always took the time to enjoy life. He will be deeply missed.
Our sincere condolences to Alice, Jackie and Michelle and thier families and the Wolfedale Family.

Linda & Joe Zimbalatti
Linda Zimbalatti
September 18, 2010
I'll remember Richard as a person who gets things done -- with both energy and passion. May his humanity and legacy bring comfort to his family.
Sid Ridgley
September 16, 2010
I will remember Richard as man of humour, good wit and a passionate defender of the electrical industry. He will be missed.
Gary Beer
September 15, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Allan Gibbins
September 15, 2010
Richard was my friend. Like many others, I was fortunate to have experienced his humour, his wisdom, his zest for life and his gently paced motorcycle riding skills. I will miss him and his passion to ensure all he does and all he touches is spectacular.
Stuart Lewis
September 15, 2010
At 5th business we are greatly saddened to learn of Richard's passing. He was a valued and respected client and friend. Our thoughts and support are with Richard's family and the Dial One Wolfedale Electric team.
Margo Hunnisett
September 15, 2010
We have had many business and social times together that always developed opportunities and new ideas. I will always remember our chance meeting in Florida and how we planned and looked forward to new challenges and travel experiences. Always the consummate professional, pleasure and privilege to have had your friendship. My condolences to your family and friends
Steve Sweeney
September 15, 2010
To the Cullis family
Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow at the loss of a wonderful man.
He will be sadly missed.
Ron & Vicki MacNaughton
September 14, 2010
Richard was like a father to me, he was always full of adventure, he had great zest for life. and loved his family more than anything. I have great memories that I will treasure and great stories to share. It was a honor and privilege to be appart of his life.
Jamie Connelly
September 14, 2010
I feel privileged to have known Richard. He will be missed by many.
Dana Foy
September 14, 2010
I feel very proud and privileged to have known Richard, to find a man with his determination and integrity seem very rare. Our lives both business and personal will surely miss him. Our deepest condolenences to Jackie, Michelle and Alice as well as all the Wolfedale Family. You’re all in our thoughts and prayers.
Gerry & Lynn Drummond
September 14, 2010
Richard was not only my Best friends Dad but a great friend to our family.
We have many fond memories from the boat at Ontario Place, the annual Christmas morning breakfast, our trip to Florida and the famous "rum runners"
You touched our lives and we will miss you so very much.
Carrie Skeels
September 14, 2010
Richard was not only my best friends Dad but a great friend to our family.
We have many memories from the annual Christmas breakfast, the boat at Ontario Place and the now signature drink "Rum Runners"
we love you and will miss you.
The Skeels Family
Carrie Skeels
September 14, 2010
To a dear friend Richard, you will always be in my thoughts. When I first met you at the OEL Contractors Committee in 2001, you inspired me so much. Your passion for the industry and for Ontario Contractors is second to none. Through your wisdom and guidance the OEL and contractors have so much more say in this industry than ever before. One of my most memorable moments was when you and some contractors dressed and played the part of cops and robbers at an OEL industry conference , your laughter will never be forgotten. I have never met your family and if they are anything like you, our world is blessed.
Ed Garraway
September 14, 2010
With sincere sympathies to the Cullis Family and the Wolfedale Team. Richard, known and respected for his loyalty to the Electrical Industry, will be sadly missed.
Shirley Marche
September 14, 2010
Richard, whoever was fortunate enough to know you is greatly saddened by your loss.
You have been a fervent advocate for the betterment of our industry and a great example for many contractors.
We will miss you and want to offer our most felt condolences to your family and loved ones.
Giovanni Marcelli
September 14, 2010
~ "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace." (Psalm 37:37)

Be Blessed.
Simran Pat
September 14, 2010
We at Naylor Group Inc. are deeply saddened by the news of Richard's untimely passing. We have been friends, competitors and business associates for almost 25 years. Our thoughts are with Richard's family and his extended family at Dial One Wolfedale.
Colin Harkness
September 13, 2010
“The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

Richard gave his everything for all he was passionate about. Work, play, friendship, family.

I am deeply saddened for the loss of someone I have known my entire life, and my thoughts are with Jackie, Michelle, Alice, the Wolfedale Family and everyone who has lost a true friend, colleague and mentor.

Here's to many great memories.

Shannon Moore-Micallef and Family
Shannon Moore-Micallef
September 13, 2010
We lost a man that I greatly admired; Richard's contributions to the electrical industry were enormous. He gave the OEL leadership and direction.
My condolences and support go to his fine family.
Jim Taggart
September 13, 2010
I am saddened to hear of the loss of Richard. Condolences to all of the Cullis Family and the Wolfedale family for the loss. He will be missed.
David Reeds - Accubid Systems Ltd.
David Reeds
September 13, 2010
We are deeply sorry to hear of Richard's passing, and our thoughts go out to the family and to those that will miss him.
Mika and Carla Kassinen.
Mika Kassinen
September 13, 2010
Richard demanded your best but he gave you his loyalty, his generosity and his praise. He was smart and he was honest and above all he was a gentleman. His famous fiery temper only served to make him human. He was our very best friend and my defender. We loved him and miss him terribly.
Ann Cremisio
September 13, 2010
I met Richard, back in 1973. We were new to this country, we had dreams, we had difference of opinions, we argued a lot and we shared a few bottles of Scotch together. Since then many years have passed and our friendship has become stronger, so strong that some of our mutual friends has defined us closer to brothers than friends. At present I am in Italy and unable to be with you in person. I am however constantly thinking of Richard. My friend Richard, stubborn, opinionated, hard working, at times with a "short fuse" but above all a kind human being, dedicated to his "clan" of relatives and friends. Alice, Jakie, Michele I shall remember Richard for as long I shall live and maybe one day.......who knows.
Angelo Cremisio
September 13, 2010
Our deepest sympathies to Alice, Jackie, Michelle and all of the family. Richard will be sadly missed by all that knew him and we are so sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
Bill and Jennifer Rea
September 13, 2010
He was a great friend and he will be missed by all who's lives he has touched.
Brian Knee
September 13, 2010
Jenni and I are so very saddened by the loss of a great friend and ally. His warm greetings were always so welcoming. The dedication to his industry was inspirational to us all. Richard was a man of principal, integrity, wit and humour. We are better people just by having known him. Jenni and I will sadly miss a great man and dear friend. Our sympathies to Family, Friends and all those who share in the loss of Richard. Sincerely Jenni and Jim Wilson.
Jim and Jenni Wilson
September 13, 2010
The London Chapter of the OEL is saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. He was a dedicated and loyal member of the electrical industry and will be missed by anyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Richard’s family and the Dial One Wolfedale team.
OEL London Chapter
September 13, 2010
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.
George Czindl
September 13, 2010
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
James and Loretta McIsaac
September 13, 2010
Richard was a dear and long time friend of the family. He was kind, funny and a great friend and man. I will miss seeing him at my parent's house, on the boat at Ontario Place and hearing his laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with Jackie, Michelle and Alice.
He will always be in our hearts.
Leanne Cremisio
September 13, 2010
It is so difficult to find words to express the immense feeling of loss of someone as special as Richard.
My heart goes out to the family and friends who were blessed enough to have Richard in their lives.
Mary Ingram
September 13, 2010
Our sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Richard. He was a GREAT man and will be missed by all.
Deepest Sympathy
Brian Scheele and Staff
B-Safe Electric
Brian Scheele
September 13, 2010
My deepest sympathies to Richard's family. Richard was a passionate man and I will always appreciate and cherish his contributions to his industry and society. He will be missed!
Wayne Howard
September 13, 2010
I was saddened to learn of Richard's passing and wish to extend my thoughts and deepest sympathy to Alice, Jackie, Michelle and families, as well as the Dial One Wolfedale team. I had the pleasure of knowing Richard through his Chairmanship at the OEL and through his many committee activities. Not only was he an admired and respected leader with an unparalleled passion for the industry but he was also a kind and generous man who always made himself available with his support, expertise and guidance. I cherish many, many fond memories of Richard. He touched so many lives and will be sadly missed.
Sheila Sage
September 13, 2010
On behalf of myself and all of us at Matrix Energy please accept our condolences. Our thoughts are with his family and those at Dial One Wolfdale.
Brian Wilkinson
September 13, 2010

Thank you for sending me announcement of Richards passing... I was away all weekend and only just read it now. I had heard he was not well ...

I am in some state of shock and sadness about this and will always honour this fine man and all he stood for.. hopefully the OEL can produce some significant yearly award for a contractor/owner who exemplifies Richards commitment to the electrical industry. That would be a fine yearly memorial... Richard was an always will be an inspiration to me as I will always remember the first time I met him and the last...yes the credit belongs to the man...

Warm regards, Gary

Gary Oosterhof
Oosterhof Electrical Services Ltd
Kingston, Ont
Gary Oosterhof
September 13, 2010
All of us at Wiseman Electric are deeply saddened by this news. Richard was a good friend to all of us, he will be deeply missed . Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackie, Michelle and Alice during this time .
Mark Wiseman
September 13, 2010
I was fortunate to spend a few days on the golf course with Richard, even one day on his boat. RIchard was incredibly genuine, considerate and his postive energy was contagious to those around him. He will be sadly missed. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family.
Dave Rosewell
September 13, 2010
All of us here at Tiltran Services Inc. were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend,mentor and loyal customer. Richard's devotion to the industry will be hard to replace.We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Richard's wife, his family and the whole Dial One Wolfedale team.
Pat Carroll
September 13, 2010
Richard was a great man & we spoke often of our love of golf & Scotland.
My deepest sympathy to all the family & close friends.
David Hynd Siemens Canada Ltd.
david hynd
September 13, 2010
My condolences to Richard's Family and extended Family at Dial One Wolfdale I will truely miss Richard's words of wisdom and passion for the Industry
God Bless
Cameron Hann Jestek Electric Ltd.
Cameron Hann
September 12, 2010
My sympathy, thoughts, and prayers go out to Richard's family, friends, and business associates. It was such a gift to me to know Richard. He was an inspiration to business owners throughout the DIAL ONE Network. We'll all miss him very much.
Gary Daymon
September 12, 2010
it is with great sorrow myself and my fellow boaters at ontario place heard of richards passing. he was a true gentleman in every way.he will be sadly missed here. my heart goes out to his family friends and associates
ken sprackman
September 12, 2010
On behalf of Richard's colleagues in his former executive group TEC 222, we offer our deepest sympathies to Alice, Jackie and Michelle and their families.

We will always remember Richard 'the Lion Heart' in our discussions as he exlained his pride of family, business and and his extended family who worked with him at Wolfedale Electric.

Larry Bourk
TEC 222
September 12, 2010
I will miss my friend Richard for the rest of my life. There are no words that would be able to state his impact on events and people around him. For all of you who knew Richard words are not necessary. Kathy and I send our deepest condolences to Jackie, Michelle, Alice and the Dial One Wolfedale family. You are in our thoughts. Pat and Kathy Moore.
Patrick Moore
September 12, 2010
We offer our deepest sympathy to all that mourn the loss of Richard, especially to Alice, Jackie, Ken, Michelle and Nicholas. We have so many great memories from the past 25 years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim, Sherry and Adam
Jim and Sherry Christian
September 12, 2010
Our thoughts are with you all right now. We have some lovely memories which will last forever. The Wolfedale family will miss Richard as will we all. My hugs to you, Alice, Jackie and Michelle.....we have to be thankful for the lives he touched and the happy times spent in the past. Remembering Richard, with love, Cherry and Paul
Cherry Wakeham
September 12, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Alice, Jackie and Michelle, and all of those whose lives Richard has touched, as we mourn his passing.
John McNeil
September 12, 2010
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. We knew Richard when he lived in Scotland and I golfed with him on his many visits to Edinburgh the most recent being in May last year. A true gentleman, he will be greatly missed by all who new him.
Stuart and Ann Brown
September 12, 2010
Richard touched the lives of so many, He will be always in the hearts of everyone who had the priviledge of calling him there friend. He gave so much yet demanded so little. My thoughts and prayers are with you Alice Jackie Michelle and families.
Mary Foster
September 12, 2010
Our hearts and prayers are with you, Alice, Jackie and Michelle as you grieve the passing of sandy and phil
sandy & phil allen
September 12, 2010
Richard touched the lives of many and will always be remembered with great respect and admiration. Our condolences to his family , Alice, Jackie and Michelle and his Wolfedale Electric family.
Kevin & Pauline Hawdon, Sault Ste Marie, ON
Kevin Hawdon
September 11, 2010
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