Douglas Randa, 55, of Fallscrest Circle in Clermont, Florida, formerly of Wilmington, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 surrounded by loved ones.
He was born in New Jersey on July 14, 1963, son of Charles “Chuck” and Madge (Ashfield) Randa. Doug was a graduate of Lake Placid High School and, after attending Paul Smith’s College, became the front desk manager of the Best Western Mountain Lake Inn located in Saranac Lake, a job he held for over 20 years.
He also lived, played and worked at the Whiteface Chalet in Wilmington, which was owned and operated by his parents from 1979 until 2004.
He was a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, enduring years of disappointment and then basking in the glory of their 2016 World Series win. He enjoyed coaching kids baseball and playing softball with friends in Wilmington.
Doug played guitar and spent many hours in front of the fireplace at the Chalet strumming tunes and talking, listening to the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton with friends and relatives. He loved to take trips, vacationing at Lake George, Las Vegas, Anna Maria Island and his favorite, Bryce Canyon. Doug loved nature and particularly cherished the rugged beauty of the Western U.S.
Doug’s biggest joys in life came from his family. He adored his neices and nephews and took great pride in watching them grow, attending graduations, concerts, shows and any other event in which they were involved.
Survivors include his parents, Madge and Chuck Randa; his sisters, Alyson and Joy Randa; his brother, Bud Randa and spouse Beth Norris; neices Randa Karambelas and Estelle Norris-Randa; nephews Christopher and Colby Karambelas, Miles Norris-Davis, Truman Norris-Randa and Jarred and Erik Vislocky; Beloved Uncle Steve and Rita and Uncles Jerry and Robert; and his best friend, Bob O’Donnell.
Doug was predeceased by everything and everyone that died before he did (and that is what we call a “Doug-ism”).
In leiu of calling hours or a funeral, Doug wanted his family and friends to have a party in his honor, to laugh and sing, to tell stories and celebrate his life.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in his name, please send it to Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation – Mike Conley House, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.