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Randolph “Randy” Russell Bedford

November 6, 2018

With family by his side, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the age of 53. Beloved partner of Erika Hill. Loving and proud father of Clare. Dear friend and former spouse of Sue. Missed by his furry four-legged companions, Stella and Molly. Predeceased by parents Gloria and Harry. Randy was raised in the farming community of Charing Cross, and developed a love of the outdoors early in life. He spent much of his time volunteering with the Ilderton Skating Club, Home Region, Western Ontario Section and Skate Canada. He was a hardworking and respected member of Western Technology Services at UWO. Randy will be lovingly remembered as an audiophile and all around handyman. He enjoyed skiing, fine coffee and hot coriander chutney. The family wishes to thank the staff of the London Regional Cancer Program, VON, ParaMed, and SWLHIN, for their wonderful care and support of Randy and his family. A funeral service will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Randy are asked to consider VON Canada or ParaMed.

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Our condolence to the family. Sorry for your loss.

~ R.H.

My husband, Allan Bedford, from Dresden is a second cousin of Randy's dad Harry. We wish to extend our condolences to Randy's family. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time.

~ Heather Bedford

We wish to send our condolences to Randy,s family Lorna Cowley Kim (Russell)Ward Steven Russell

~ Lorna Cowley

When I think of Randy, the picture in my mind is of him in the back shop at London Audio, squinting at the circuit manual of some esoteric piece of audio equipment, soldering iron always in hand. It was here that I spent most of my free time back in university, listening and learning from him about audio, or driving through snow storms to Toronto in his Saab for audio engineering meetings. In the twenty years since, we've always used our love of audio as an excuse to get together, but it was his pride for his daughter Clare, especially her skating, and his affection for Erika and the enjoyment he felt in their years together that he talked about. I find it hard to accept that I'll never get to share another coffee, or drink another pint with my good friend. He was taken far too soon, and I'm going to miss him.

~ David Cocker

I first meet Randy as a customer at London Audio and he soon was working as an installer and all around problem solver, coming up with clever solutions. We quickly became great friends and spent lots of time together as he helped with renovations at my home- a hard and tireless worker, we had good times for much of the 90"s and although we drifted apart after he started a Western I could always count on his wisdom and advise- as a man of few words his terrific humour would seem to come from nowhere and make me laugh- gone far to early he will be missed by all that were fortunate enough to know him. I know I miss him already.

~ Paul Morgan- London Audio

Dear Erika, Sue & Clare, I'm so saddened to learn of Randy's passing. We used to spend a lot of holidays together growing up. He was taken way too young, as were his parents. Sending our condolences from his cousins in Michigan. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers. P.S. My Mom was his Aunt Muriel:)

~ Brenda Geiger

So sorry to hear of Randy's passing. I always enjoyed working with him at many skating competitions and Region events. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

~ Kelly Holtzmann

Dear Erika, Sue and Clare: My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. He always would go the extra mile to help you out, whether at work or outside of work. Randy was always up for a challenge and a chat, once the challenge was solved. He will be missed. Heather M Woods

~ Heather M Woods

My sympathy to all. RIP cousin.

~ Donna Stennett (Bedford)

Fondly remembered as one of the kindest, most generous and unassuming people one could ever hope to have had the privilege to call friend. Requiescet in Pace, Randy. "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." - Kahlil Gibran

~ A Friend

To the Family : My sympathy goes to all of you during this time of grief. Although "time and unforeseen occurrences affect us all, even death, we have Jesus' promise that our dead ones can live again.

~ W. J.

My condolences to all of Randy's family. The above tributes speak well of his character, hard work ethic and integrity. I hope you will focus your minds on happy memories in this time of grief and loss. I did not know him personally, but his mother and my mother are first cousins and our maternal grandfathers are brothers, all of the Russell side of his extended family. May God give you solace and healing. --Marsha McDonald

~ Marsha McDonald

Dear Family and friends of Randy, may the God of all comfort be with you as you mourn your dear one. May all the good memories you shared be a source of comfort for you. I hope you find additional comfort in the promises of hope made by the God of the Bible - " He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." Revelation 21:3, 5. Imagine a time in the future when no one will shed a single tear for pain ever again, and those in the grave will be brought back to life! - John 5:28. As we all look forward to that beautiful paradise where we alongside Randy can live forever, i wish you God's peace.

~ Anna Jacob

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~ Ian and Tsveta

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~ Martha Chouffot

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~ Carol Hunsberger

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~ Barbara Froats

Randy was a good friend. I will miss him.

~ Paul Marsh

In many ways, randy was the sort of person we should all aspire to be. in an era of people exaggerating their abilities, randy was not just the real deal, but a lot more than that, given his massive knowledge and gentle personality. although i am only one year apart in birth, randy was very much a father-figure for me and completely shaped my understanding of the "technical" world. not only is the the most basic home repair/improvement task infused with his wisdom, but so is my engagement with almost everything "real" in life, as well as the artistic scrutiny i apply to my photography. a society with many more like randy would solve a lot of our problems and be a much nicer place.

~ Vuk Vuksanovic

With heavy hearts we express our condolences for the loss of Randy to Clare and family. A devoted father who dotted on his daughter, his pride and joy. Nothing made Randy smile more than watching Clare with Pride. A quiet man unless he was speaking about his many passions. One, being The Ilderton Skate Club. We will miss seeing him around The King Edward as patron and friend.

~ Deborah and Rich Hunter

Our heartfelt condolences to Erika, family, and friends. Sending so much love.

~ Sarah and Aaron

To Randy's family, It is with sadness we read of Randy's passing. As Teachers of Randy, at Harwich Raleigh Public School, Blenheim, we remember him as a quiet and polite young man. May you all find comfort in your precious memories. Thinking of you all. Ted and Brenda.

~ Ted and Brenda Rumble

Erika, we are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies as you remember Randy. Much love.

~ Beth and Seneca

A true people person , always up to the challenge and willing to go the extra mile to solve the problem . You will truly be missed by all of your Western friends and colleagues . My sincere condolences to your family .

~ Paul Hill

Enjoyed many a philosophical discussion with you Randy, enjoyed your wit, your insights, your sense of humour. I am but one of many who shall miss you. My sincerest condolences to your family and to all mourning your loss.

~ Ellie Cartman

I will remember Randy for always making sure that I was able to get tickets for the annual Ilderton Skating Carnival because he knew that I brought my mother-in-law every year as part of her birthday present. One year I gave the tickets to my mother-in-law so that I wouldn't forget them -- she forgot she had them -- thanks to Randy, I didn't have to drive back to London for the tickets.

~ MonaBC

Randy's dry humour was always always a welcome addition around the coffee pot at London Audio. It was a pleasure to spend hours in basements, attics and crawl spaces working with him. It's alway good to have MacGyver as your co-worker.

~ Rick Ho

Sorry to hear about Randy. I have very fond memories of our many years working together. I loved his unbridled passion for music and hi-fi. Rest in peace, my friend.

~ Kevin Kelly

Gone too soon. R. I. P. Randy.

~ Terry Richardson

My sincerest condolences to Erika, Clare and Sue. Good bye, dear friend. You'll be missed more than I can express.

~ Joe Petrik

So sad to hear about Randy. He was a dedicated volunteer for the HOME Region Skating Council and I very much enjoyed working with him. My thoughts are with his family at this time. Martha Chouffot

~ Martha Chouffot

RIP Randy. Randy was one of those rare humans that could do pretty much anything better than most people, all the while not saying too much about it. We miss people in the world like that.

~ Bill Morgan

To Sue, Clare, and Erica, I'm truly sorry for your losses. We extend our deepest condolences. I had heard about Randy's health and called to talk to him about 3 months' back. We chatted briefly and I gave him my well-wishes, he stoicism and calm quietness still ever present. Clare, we met several times when you were a young child and I'm sure you don't remember, but I extend to you the greatest of sympathy. I wish you all the best and hope that there is a bright future for all.

~ Jeff Glickman

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