Richard Farrell

Mr. Richard Farrell

Saturday, October 31st, 1931 - Thursday, December 31st, 2020
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FARRELL, Richard Alfred – Mr. Richard Alfred Farrell passed away in his 90th year on December 31, 2020 after a brief illness. Predeceased by Mary his beloved wife of 60 years and his siblings Peter, Martha and Kent. He is survived by his brother David. He was the fabulous father of Paul (Anne), Jim (Eileen), Dave and Mary Lynn (David). He was the witty, cribbage-playing grandfather of Calum, Colette, Liam, Connor, Shannon, Nicole, Emilia and Danielle. He was the wise and wonderful great-grandfather of Aria and Angela.

Richard grew up in Montreal where he started his first career in insurance, which took him to Toronto and eventually Sault Ste. Marie and his own Farrell Insurance Adjusters firm. Following his true passion to “tread the boards”, he joined the Sault Theatre Workshop. In 1970, at the Dominion Drama Festival in Winnipeg, he won the Award for Best Amateur Actor in Canada for his role in LUV. Shortly after this achievement with the support of Mary, Richard turned professional. This prompted a move south to Guelph to begin his 35 year career in stage and film. In 2004 he retired from the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-lake.
When he was not performing, he was busy cooking up a storm, doing crosswords, traveling the world with Mary and friends or attending one of his eight grandchildrens’ sporting, music, academic or community activities. He will be sadly missed.

In light of the current COVID-19 limitations, the family is planning a formal celebration of Richard’s life at a later date. Online condolences can be made at
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Robert Burns

Posted at 08:32pm
Memories of Dick as an actor on Montreal. In the 50's he played in "Charley' Aunt" opposite my wife-to be Phyllis Allison.
One of his lines to her which I still remember was "Kitty -you're a brick!"
We re-united with Dick at Shaw.
Sympathies to the family
Bob Burns

Gord Rand

Posted at 05:34pm
I worked with Richard at the Shaw Festival in a number of productions including The Playboy of the Western World - which was a play that was close to his heart. We had a blast. Richard was very gentle and supportive - but always mischievous and fun. My condolences to his family and friends. I'm so glad to have known him.

Ian Deakin

Posted at 07:39pm
I had the great pleasure of working with Richard on stage, in Toronto at Theatre Plus in “Windfall” way back when. He had such a natural presence , and great comedy timing. He made it all look so easy, and so truthful. He had such a varied career and obviously learned from life, making everything he portrayed in the world of pretend look and feel real. I will always admire him. My sincere condolences to his family.

Peter Krantz

Posted at 02:14pm
I have known Richard since 1981 when we both became members of the Shaw Festival Ensemble under Christopher Newton. There are too many plays to mention, in this space but he was always a gentleman, generous and playful and just a wonderful character actor. The audience always felt comfortable in his hands and he passed on that comfort to anyone who shared the stage with him. I missed him greatly when he retired, and one of my final performances at the Shaw was Lord Summerhayes in Misalliance. It was Richard that echoed throughout rehearsal, and I was thankful I had such a fantastic mentor to pass down the music of the comedy to me. He was and will be terribly missed. Thank you Richard. Peter Krantz xo

Odette Yazbeck

Posted at 08:19pm
Richard was the consummate gentleman. I was his publicist at The Shaw and feel so blessed to have watched and worked with him for many years there. My sincere condolences to his entire family.

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