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Born: May 19, 1953

Date of Passing: Mar 04, 2022

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Suddenly on March 4, 2022, while living his snowbird life in Mesa, AZ, Randy passed away at the age of 68 years.
Randy will be remembered by his daughters, Cassandra (Cass) and Miranda (Mandy) Summers and "newest but oldest" daughter Tamara Zastre (Brett); grandchildren, Emily and Alyssa; sisters, Nancy Batenburg (Ian), Faye Wankling (Ron Berkowski) nephew and nieces, Christopher (Michelle), Tracey (James) and Taryn Hughes (Ross), Pamela Hardman and Emily Wankling and great- nephews and niece, Tiger, Leo, Jacob, Emily and Nolan. Randy will also be missed by friends in MN, in Mesa, AZ and in Winnipeg, especially his west end crew, many of whom were lifelong friends. Randy was predeceased by his parents, Morris in 2000 and Helen in 2015.
Randy was born on May 19, 1953 and grew up playing plenty of sports. In fact, his assorted injuries to various limbs were a direct reflection of his love of sports. Always an academic, he was moved to classes for the "smart kids" but the old saying, "if only he would apply himself" was a recurring theme and no doubt his Mom would have had an easier time of things if he had. His love of sports translated into a love for the Vikings and the Twins, but even after so many years in Minneapolis, he would still cheer for the Jets and the Bombers.
Randy began his professional career with the Province of Manitoba in various administrative positions after learning early on that working for his Dad in his business certainly wasn't what he wanted to do. He was neither mechanically inclined nor even remotely handy with anything and he would be the first to say so. He put himself through university a little later in life and also had a period of being an entrepreneur in the newly emerging technology world. His skills were then pretty marketable in the times which led to a move to MN and the world of consulting. Always the Winnipegger looking for "deals", he sought out many interesting retail places in the Twin Cities area and would indulge his Mom in her own bargain hunting on her many visits there with his sister. He had a varied career both as a consultant and as an employee, excelling as a Business Analyst with some project management thrown in for good measure. In 2017, he traded in his professional IT title for his new one as Mr. Fun. In 2018, he was introduced to the snowbird lifestyle, where he could indulge his love of the sun and pool with a little golf thrown in all year round.
Randy's life will be celebrated on July 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fort Garry Legion Branch #90, 762 Pembina Hwy. This is being held as a fundraiser for Heart and Stroke, thus tickets are being sold and are limited. (Support Tickets also appreciated). See details at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 16, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My first thought was why but as we all know when it’s your time it’s your time. It was just way too early Randy! To all his family and friends our sincerest condolences. I met Randy on his first day at Clifton School as I had volunteered to walk him home so he would not get lost. From that day on he and I became best of friends and I can assure you there were many instances where he and I should have gotten lost. Randy was one of a kind and Lory and I are grateful for having known him. Geo & Lory Hucul - Posted by: George Hucul (Friend) on: Jul 20, 2022

  • I worked with Randy so many years ago in the Dept. of Highways. He was such a solid worker and was well liked by all the staff. I recruited him to play "old time" hockey against many other government teams. He was an amazing skater and held us in good stead with other teams we played. I never saw him get mad in the office, even once. I didn't realize he was a Twins and Vikings fan. Also didn't know he lived in Minneapolis for a time. I wish I would have known that as my family and I travelled there many many times over the years. I also didn't know he went back to school after working a bit. I'm saddened to hear of his passing and may his family feel comforted in the fact that he was loved by all. - Posted by: Brian Scarsbrook (friend and co-worker) on: Jul 18, 2022

  • Tough. Too soon. I knew Randy through Faye, and yes, a character. Sympathy wishes to family and friends. Much love. Xo - Posted by: Cathy Litchfield (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to Randy's family & friends. Growing up, Randy was my favorite cousin. I will always have many fun memories of Randy. I especially enjoyed and still appreciate today, being part of the many interesting discussions with Randy and his Dad (uncle Morris) about all kinds of things in life. - Posted by: Bill Stefura (cousin) on: Jul 16, 2022

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