KITTERY POINT, Maine - John M. Randall Sr. died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 in his home in Kittery Point, Maine, surrounded by family.
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John was born in Kittery Point on March 26, 1924, next door to the home he built in the 1950s for his family and where he spent the rest of his life. He was the son of Webster Levi Randall and Annie Etta Pruett, and the brother of Phebe Boyle and Charlotte Bromfield, both of whom predeceased him. John was named for his two grandfathers, Captain John H. Pruett, who grew up in Kittery Point, and Moses Pitt Randall.
John's life revolved around the love of his life, his wife, Arlene May Seaward, his five children and his church. He met Arlene as teens while skating at Kimball's Pond in Kittery Point. They courted, fell in love and were married Nov. 8, 1946, at the First Baptist Church parsonage in Kittery Point. The Randalls recently celebrated their sixty-sixth wedding anniversary. They raised five children and over the years their family grew to five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, with one great-great grandson currently on the way. Their motto which hangs in their home is "All because two people fell in love."
John started his career as a Third Class Machinist at the Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard, then spent 30 years as a serviceman with the Public Service Power Company in Portsmouth. After retiring from Public Service, he started another career as a custodian at the Horace Mitchell School in Kittery Point Maine, which he retired from after 26 years.
John was a long standing member of the First Baptist Church in Kittery Point where he and his family faithfully attended and where he served over the years in many capacities. John, with his wife Arlene, was also known for caring for others in their community, especially those elderly residents who did not have family nearby, by checking in on them, bringing them a meal, or driving them to appointments.
John loved to go clamming, loved to fish when the smelts were running, and loved to tell stories to anyone and everyone who would listen. He wrote down many of these stories in his memoir booklets, which have become cherished family keepsakes.
Once their children grew up, John and Arlene discovered the joys of traveling, often with family. They especially loved cruising to Bermuda or getting away to Booth Bay Harbor which was one of their favorite spots. They also loved Fort Foster where many people would see them walking out on the pier or just sitting in their car enjoying the beautiful view.
John and his wife were also involved for many years with craft fairs and had their own craft shop, "The Poppycock." Arlene would paint pictures and slates and John, a skilled craftsman, would sell items he had made.
John's love for his wife, his family and his Lord will live on in the legacy he leaves behind. He could tell you of his strong Christian faith which he held onto all of his days. His life's beliefs could be summed up by these lyrics from the old hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness: "Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow; Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me."
Mr. Randall is survived by his wife Arlene, and his children Helen A. Paulik and husband Michael of St. Louis, Mo., Linda M. Isaacson and husband Henry of Gonic, Faith R. Connell and husband Scott of East Kingston, John M. Randall, Jr. of Kittery Point, Maine, Beth A. Chabot and husband Carl of Berwick, Maine, Mr. Randall's grandchildren Jon Saddler and wife Lisa of Farmington, Cristian Bowker and husband Jamey of South Berwick, Maine, Amy Anderson and husband Chuck of Rochester, Rachel Morin and husband Jeff of North Waterboro, Maine.
Mr. Randall had eleven great-grandchildren: Cristina, Mikayla, Patricia, Moriah, Noah, Jonah, Ethan, Elise, Bryson, Maya, Maximillian, one great-great grandson who will be born in January, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Randall's grandson John M. Randall III predeceased him.
The Randall family wishes to thank York Hospital Hospice, Greater Faith Works of Kittery, and the staff at the Hyder House of Dover for all of their love, care, and service.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to York Hospice Project Hope, or Hyder Family House of Dover. Visiting hours will be 6pm-8pm Sunday Dec. 2nd at J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home 125 Old Post Road Kittery Maine 03904. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday Dec. 3rd at J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home.
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Published in Fosters from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2012