Richard Warren Tomasi


Richard "Rich" Warren Tomasi, age 64 of Canadian, Oklahoma, was called home to Heaven, May 19, 2019, after months of battling cancer. He was born to Nicholas Tomasi and Nina Louise (Geddes) Tomasi in Provo, Utah on April 4, 1955.
Rich grew up in California, experiencing all that life had to offer in the 1960's and early 1970's; everything from surfing, concerts, and culture.
He graduated from Chula Vista High School in 1974, and through night classes, he completed four years of vocational school where he received his certification for auto mechanics.
During this time, Rich worked as a welder for National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California. In 1976, he moved to Fairview, Oklahoma and went to work for Nichols Casting Crews. He was responsible for upkeep of casting trucks, welding rigs and company vehicles. He repaired and rebuilt hydraulic vacating equipment power tongs and pumps.
Richard was co-owner of D & R Auto Repair. There, he repaired automobiles, farm equipment, boats and radiators.
By 1981, Rich had entered the oil and gas industry at full steam. Everything from mechanicing, welding, fitting and fabricating. He built rigs for Seneca Oil Company and Sling-Shot Deep Hole Rigs for Trans American Drilling Company.
In 1982, he started his pipeline career with Reliance Pipeline Corporation in Chickasha, Oklahoma. In 1988, Rich moved to Canadian, Oklahoma, still working in the oil and gas industry and traveling with the pipeline throughout the northern and Midwest United States.
Rich had a work ethic that went to the top and beyond. If he had a project, it would be done right. No "scrimping," no "good enough," and no "covering up" to make it "look good". Everything had to be done completely and correctly, and there was an order to everything he worked on. He was precise, calculated, and very much a perfectionist. Rich worked hard, with passion, and gave his heart, body and soul to every project he worked on.
Rich's passions were cars... cars, trucks, motorcycles, anything with a motor and wheels; but especially cars and trucks. This obsession of his started as a child and continued throughout his life, until his death. A lifetime builder, often of frame off restorations, and from the ground up, Rich did it all.
Rich, with all his heart, loved his family and friends. He cherished the relationships he had with them, showering them with love and kindness. He never met a stranger and many times a stranger would become one of his close friends. Rich had a knack of getting to know people and some who loved him dearly he'd never actually met in person, just by phone.
Rich's faith in God was ever strong. He relied on his faith to guide him and help deliver him through rough times and always was thankful for the gifts God blessed him with.
Richard is survived by Dorothy Hullett, with whom he shared an unconditional love and whom he had spent the rest of his life with. Two daughters, Mikayla Tomasi of Edmond, Oklahoma. Anna Bonner of Winnsboro, Louisiana. Two sisters, Valerie Oliver (his twin) and husband Harvey of Moss Point, Mississippi. Nicolette Emrick of Moss Point, Mississippi. Two brothers, John Kennedy and wife Angela of Fairview, Oklahoma. Paul Tomasi and wife Debbie of Smoaks, South Carolina. A niece, Jenny Stork and two grand nephews, Seth and Landon of Vancleave, Mississippi. Extended family, Steve and Karie Dove of Canadian, Oklahoma. Paul and Lora Barlow of Canadian, Oklahoma. Reverend Willie Gilbert and wife Mildred of Haskell, Oklahoma. And numerous other family and friends which he held each and every one dear to his heart.
He is preceded in death by his father Nicholas Tomasi, his mother, Nina Louise (Geddes) Tomasi, and one brother, James Michael Tomasi.
A memorial service to celebrate Rich's life will be held June 22nd, 2019, at 10:00 AM at the Jubilee Worship Center at 300 Commercial, Haskell, Oklahoma, 74436, with Reverend Willie Gilbert officiating.
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Terry Lowe
Jun 20, 2019
Richard and I met several years ago, we both shared a love for Cars, and Motorcycles, I would pick up my Mail, and go past his Home to see if he was in town, and would stop to see what projects he was on, and from time to time he would do the same at my home . Great person to Know, and He will be missed .