Randy Cypret Randy Cypret spent his life as a newspaperman, photographer, PR consultant, civic activist and devoted husband and father. On January 31, 2014 he lost his courageous battle with cancer and passed away at home. Randy was born in Oklahoma City on Aug. 7, 1953 but grew up in Illinois. In 1975 he earned a BS in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and launched his newspaper career with a Quad Cities daily. In 1982, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma brought Randy to Houston for treatment, where he beat the odds. Randy worked as a news and feature writer, editor and photographer for the Beaumont Enterprise and Houston Leader Newspapers. Known for his humor, compassion, and sense of right, Randy became a Heights-area civic activist and successfully worked to ensure demolition of a crime-ridden abandoned apartment complex. His commitment to improving his city saw his membership in and leadership of many civic-minded committees, associations, and task forces as well as a run for City Council in 1993. He joined Houston Community College as a PR/marketing specialist and held similar positions at Chevron Phillips, Northwest Assistance Ministries and the University of Houston-Downtown. Randy was a member of Leadership Houston Class XVIII. On March 14, 1999, Randy married Maureen Spector, the love of his life. He devoted his spare moments to family activities including gardening, photography, baseball, hockey, cooking, camping and pets. There were lots of laughs with Maureen and Meg, the couple's daughter. Randy loved motorcycling and rode on many trips to Arkansas and Mexico. Travels with his brother Ron took him to Europe, while travels with Maureen and Meg saw adventures in China, Mexico and Eastern Europe. The man who described himself as "just an old newspaper guy" is survived by Maureen and Meg; three dogs and four cats; sister Donna Cypret of Houston; brother Ron and family of Waddell, AZ; and sister Phyllis Thorngren and family of Silvis, IL. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in the Grand Chapel of Brookside Funeral Home, with burial and celebration-of-life reception to follow.
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Published in Houston Chronicle from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2014