Randy Brown (Randall Earl Brown)
It is with sadness that we announce that on Friday, December 15, 2017 (Randall Earl Brown) Randy Brown, born August 28, 1953 passed away after a short, but intense, stay in the hospital.
Randy, a retired Informatics Technician with Canadian Transport and a grateful member of Alcoholics Anonymous spent his last 36 years being of service to others. He has been the giver of wisdom to many people, family and friends alike.
He is survived by his partner and supporter Lori Calkins, his former wife, best friend & confidante, Cheryl Brown-Maetche, his children Randall Brown and Rihanna Brown. his Brother Rick (Judy), sister Lori (Lloyd) and younger brother Shawn. Predeceased by his Father (Keith ) his brother (Ross) and his mother (Phyllis).
Randy will also be forever remembered by his numerous aboriginal brothers and sisters, his many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members. As a result of living his life with such love and generosity, he will also be missed by the hundreds of other lives he touched throughout his life.
Celebration of Randy's Life
Thursday Dec 21 2017, 1:30 pm
The Salvation Army Castledowns Church
12404 140 ave, Edmonton Alberta
Following his celebration there will be a feast gathering, pot luck style, we welcome anyone to provide a gift of food for the gathering.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of one's choice.
If you are wanting to contribute in helping, please call Cheryl Brown at 780 504 7588 or email@example.com
Very sorry and such a big lose to so many. Randy helped me more then he probably knew and I’m sure he did that for countless others. A heart felt condolences to the family.
Oh I am deeply saddened by this news as I knew him to be a gentle man and friend to one and all. My prayers and condolences are being sent to his loved ones and children. Randy is with our Creator and may he Rest in Peace. Love always and forever in our hearts, Randall.
So sorry for your loss. Our Condolences
Our dear friend has passed into the spirit world and the news has saddened many people in the Fellowship. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
I used to hope that Randy would be at a meeting that I went to. I would wait hoping he would be asked to share. His messages were so powerful and I would leave with confidence and hope that I would be sober for the next 24 hours. Randy had a huge impact on my life, and I wish I could have told him that.
I feel so grateful for being an alcoholic that lead me to the A.A rooms and hearing his message.
The best way that I can honor this man is to stay sober and carry his message.
Respect and Hiy Hiy Creator for
Randy Brown was a very nice person and always had something good to say… I always learned something listening to him…He was happy, and funny but serious about his program… I am thankful to have known him… I’m sure he will be blessed and accepted by God… Prayers for you on your journey to the Creator…
My sincere sympathy to all of the Brown family on the passing of Randy. He was a kind man with a dry sense of humour who enjoyed sharing a conversation. Remembering his compassion and philosophy of life will help as you adjust to his loss. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Marla (Sharon Brown’s cousin)
I enjoyed Randy, his humor and his help. He was a wonderful man, loved his smiles and will be missed by me and many others. Praying for you all at this sad time.
My heart felt condolences to a man who made us all feel loved! God is the lucky one….
Randy offered many bright smiles and laughter in our office. He was much appreciated here at Transport Canada.
I worked with Randy at Transport Canada and knew him to be a wonderful colleague who was always kind, helpful, excellent at his job and who had a great sense of humour. Please accept my condolences for his passing.
I enjoyed sharing laughs with Randy and will never forget his smiles when walking through the Edmonton office at Transport Canada. He will be very much missed around here. Condolences to family and friends. RIP, Randy…
THE PERFECT HEART – Author Unknown
One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.
Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said, “Why your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.” The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly, but full of scars, it had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn’t fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing.
The people stared – how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they thought? The young man looked at the old man’s heart and saw its state and laughed. “You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine, mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.”
“Yes,” said the old man, “Yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love – I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared. Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges – – giving love is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?”
The young man stood silently with tears running down his cheeks. He walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect young and beautiful heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man with trembling hands. The old man took his offering, placed it in his heart and then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man’s heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges. The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man’s heart flowed into his. They embraced and walked away side by side. How sad it must be to go through life with a whole untouched heart.
My condolences to Randy’s family and friends. I am grateful to have known someone so willing to share his heart.
Please accept my condolences over Randy’s passing. I had many the occasion as a co-worker here at TC to call on Randy for his expert advice and instruction. He was a gentleman, a good guy, and someone who gave more than he took.
My sincere condolences to Randy’s family and close friends. I was so very saddened to hear illness had returned to his life. Although I was able to work with Randy off and on over the last 20 years or so at TC, it was only during the last two years of his working career that I was able to work beside him on the same team. Only then, did I truly appreciate his full spirit. Armed with the most amazing beams of a smile, you were never quite sure if he was about to impart some profound wisdom of the soul to you, or set your ears on fire with most profound sense of potty humour to walk the earth! And, if it came from Randy, either was a welcomed breeze from the realities of the day. I’m not sure I laughed more than when he was around. My soul is thankful for being in his presence. Never have I met someone that was so easy with his friendship. Every day, he counted his blessings and was grateful for every step he took in life and for every soul he met along the way. He voiced his gratitude on a daily basis…very literally…. and that taught me to acknowledge the blessings in my own life, out loud and every day….no matter how long, or how short of time we get to be here. I am grateful to have been able to see him shortly before his passing. His spirit will be so profoundly missed, but we should all be grateful for the footsteps he’s left behind. May he rest in peace.
We will miss you my dear friend. We remember your kindness and honesty as you showed us in the early years of knowing you. You were the one of the people we could talk with and share our lives.
This is a whole new level of grief for me and for many, only eased by the profound joy to have known him – as I, like all who were blessed to know Randy, admired, adored and looked up to him.
His intelligent, sneaky sense of humour came out of the blue when one least expected it – complete with an awesome, inspiring, amazing grace and a supersunshine I never knew existed.
Early in my sobriety, I came to the sudden realization that Randy’s wisdom, his strength and humour was directly from the heart of God.
Because of Randy – yes, YOU, Randy, long ago, because of YOUR example, I discovered a loving, laughing and very much living God – and that was nearly 20 years ago. The joy YOU have brought and directed me to is truly beyond belief.
No words ever written or to be written could ever describe you as the the truly great, God Guided friend you were, setting an example for me and for all to try the best we can to follow.
Because of you, yes again, YOU, Randy, I am alive today, as I will never forget, for as long as I am allowed to live and love, the day you said to me like a circus showman, “George! Let me take you down a path to Power & Joy like you’ve never known…”
It was and will remain, dear, dear friend, The Greatest Show on Earth.
Amazingly, somewhat gracefully, and because of you, Randy, I remain.
I’m so grateful to Randy for sharing the best he learned and practiced with me and my family! We will miss you dear friend.
Rest in peace and watch over all of us!
I am sorry for your loss and the grief you feel as a family. My thoughts and prayers are with you now as I fully understand there are no words that can stop the pain of living without the one you love so dearly.
l heard Randy share for the first time earlier this year at the Alano Club 1010 meeting. Although we did not formally meet I felt as though I had known him all of my life. When asked to share he would calmly deliver a message. Honest and powerful Randy hit the mark every time – and he showed me that I could open my heart again and have no fear – that I too could have a new life worth living. He was a decent man who made a significant contribution to humanity. God bless you my friend.
My deepest sympathy and condolences to Randy’s family and friends. I often was profoundly affected by his message in the rooms. To be around him you could feel his serenity and inner peace.
Hi my name is pierre e bazinet
my sincere condolences to to the friends and family of my friend in fellowship randy
he shall be with us in the fellowship of the spirit
god bless and rest in peace
I spent a few years at Transport Canada and no way could anyone spend any amount of time at TC and not know Randy!
So it was with great sadness that I heard of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family and his many friends who will miss his presence in their lives.