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January 3, 2014
To an extraordinary man whose love has never left my heart . You touched so many lives, words can't express how much you are loved. May this candle be a symbol of the love for all who had the gift of knowing you. May your family know peace for my prayers are with them daily. I was graced with being loved by you and loving you in the truest form. Always...
November 24, 2013
I don't know where to begin. All I can say is I have missed you over the years and finding out in the oddest way possible about your passing was just too much to bear. Your presence is definitely missed. A great man, humble and one of the most intelligent human being I have ever met. I will never forget you. My heartfelt condolences to your sister Kim and to her family and to all your relatives and friends.
August 7, 2013
I Just found out about Randy's passing and was shocked. This isn't susposed to happen to people so young. I met Randy 30 years ago, when I was 20. And it's amazing the influence someone can have on your life--with such far reaching implications.

In the seven years that I knew Randy, he introduced me to so many things that I continue to love and continue to do to this day. He left an indelible mark and changed me for the better forever.

Randy introduced me to the world of foreign and independent films. He also took me to my first Thai, vietnamese, portugese, ethiopian, Korean, Indian and Cuban restaurants. He introduced me to my favorite magazine, "The economist". In the days before google, I could ask him anything and he would know the answer and could provide deep insight into whatever anyone was discussing. He was a natural teacher and got people interested in history because of his love and enthusiasm for it. He had a knack for bringing information to life for people.

Whenever we travelled, we'd seek out international restaurants we couldn't find in Phoenix and make a point to explore the tastes of different countrys. The amazing thing about Randy was, while we were eating, he could tell me everything about that country, including it's history, as well as it's current state of affairs. He honestly was brilliant!

I had the privledge of attending one of the Arizona State Bar Association Dinners with Randy, where the key note speaker was Jeane Kirkpatrick, who at the time was an american ambassador and foreign policy advisor to Ronald Reagan. Before dinner, All the attorneys were invited to submit questions to Kirkpatrick about current policies or the state of the country. It was a rare opportunity to get direct first hand information....well guess what? When she read aloud the first question, it was Randy's, when she read aloud the second question, it was Randy's...and so was the third. He had great respect for Jeane Kirkpatrick and I suspect understood more intimately what was happening with foreign policy then anyone else in that room! No one knew all three of the questions were his, and he wasn't the kind of person that would care to tell anyone. He was just thrilled he had the chance to ask her directly about our foreign policy initiatives etc.

I just want to say thank you Randy for every kindness you showed me and my family. For being so sweet and so patient. For being so witty and for choosing to see the best in everyone around you.
You were a blessing in my life!
January 8, 2013
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
I think about Randy a lot since his passing, the daily realization of how important someone is in your life after they are gone.
Randy was a fascinating human being, as everyone who knew him would agree. He was the most intelligent person I've ever met. He was passionate about the sports and teams he loved - ASU Football, Diamondbacks Baseball, Coyotes Hockey and International Soccer, which he would frequently remind me, is the most watched sporting event in the world. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could find something funny in to say from practically anything – from the many movies he had watched, experiences of life, news from around the world, even humor from his extensive knowledge of history and geography. He could carry on a conversation with practically any English speaking person from anywhere, and even some non-English speaking people as he could manage his way through some German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
He was a friend like no other. His loss will leave a great void to many. My heart, my thoughts and my prayers go out to his sister Kim, her husband Alfred, their son and Randy's nephew, Christian; and also to his other relatives and everyone who knew him and feels grief from his loss.
Randy Wilkins was truly a blessing in my life and he will always remain my best friend.
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