I met Randy once, after a long correspondence while searching for the family of our ancestor Samuel Frame. I kept so many of his entertaining emails because he had something rare and fine: a sharp wit and keen sense of humor.
When his voice fell silent, I can attest that hundreds of people missed him. We just returned from a trip to New York, where my son Jesse and I stopped at the Russia Union Church. Randy's name was on the church plaque commemorating his support for their restoration project. A board member asked after him, saying she was worried about him.
Everywhere we went, exploring family history in upstate New York, over several visits, we found where Randy had preceded us in our search.
What big shoes to fill. My family was honored to know Randy. He was a bright spot in our lives. We can't express how deeply he will be missed among his very many friends and widespread correspondents. He was a treasure, a gentleman, and a fine friend.
Fair winds and following seas, sir, and we will see you on the other side.