Gregory Michael Culler, whose longtime ambition was to have his own business after years of working for others, an active churchman and loving husband, died Thursday of complications of kidney disease. He was 57 and lived in Fernwood, Delaware County.
"It was his lifelong dream to open a small neighborhood store," his wife said. "He loved working in the store."
Greg opened his store in 2000, but was forced to close it five years later because of his failing health.
"He was very loving, and loved life," his wife said. "He was a kind person who would give you his last penny. And he could make you laugh."
Greg was born in Philadelphia to Esther Culler. He attended West Philadelphia High School and later a trade school, with the intention of becoming an electrician. He worked for a number of companies in maintenance, refrigeration and cooling, always nurturing his dream of self-employment.
He and his wife were married in 1989.
Greg joined Mount Carmel Baptist Church, under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Albert F. Campbell Sr., and became a devoted member.
"He was a caring and giving person," his wife said.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Angelette and Pam Culler, and two brothers, Perry and Jerome Culler.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery, 6501 Baltimore Ave.