My son Randy was an adorable and loving child.

Randy in first grade

The first book he read on his own was "Go Dog Go" by Dr. Seuss. Maybe that started his love of comic books, because he started collecting them as a young teenager. He also collected Mad Magazines and coins - and just about everything else. He read and studied books on the condition and/or rarity of all these things.

Randy 1988     Randy 1998

Randy really enjoyed movies. He taped literally hundreds of them from the television. He would also watch old sitcoms like I Love Lucy, Get Smart, Andy of Mayberry, and F Troup. He knew the names of all the old stars and what shows or movies they played in. And then there were the Simpsons! That was probably his all-time favorite.

Randy also enjoyed fishing quite a lot, though he never kept anything he caught. He liked playing card games (especially hearts and spades) and board games. He loved steamed crabs, raw oysters, fire-hot pasta, and of course going to Ocean City.

But I think his greatest love was that of music, especially rock and roll. He went to lots of rock concerts. He spent hours and hours taping music, and he had a massive collection of albums and tapes. He taught himself how to play the guitar and became quite good at it.

Randy 1999

As the Righteous Brothers sang,
        If you believe in forever,
        Then life is just a one-night stand.
        If there's a rock and roll heaven,
        Well you know they've got a hell of a band.

So I think that Randy is now jamming with John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Roy Orbison, etc., etc., etc.

Randy lost his fight with cancer on February 20, 2002. For 40 years 3 months and 19 days, Randy gave love and humor to the people around him. He left a hole in my heart that will never be filled. I think of him every single day, and he is missed more than he ever could have imagined.

Rest in peace, my sweet.

         Click here for pictures of his fishing trip to Westminster Pond.

The song you're listening to is Rock and Roll Heaven sung by the Righteous Brothers.