John David Randolph, 79, passed on Monday, May 7, 2018, while tending the flowers that he loved so much.
John was born on July 16, 1938, in Smithburg, WV. He grew up among the hills and creeks that were so dear to him; among the animals that he considered friends. John came to Akron in the 1950s, where he worked for Chestnut Ridge as a milkman, did a hitch in the US Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and later spent much of his working life in the rubber industry in Akron.
My dad was the greatest teacher and mentor that I ever had, and I am not sure that he even knew this. He came from a meager beginning and did not have a college education; he did not amass great financial wealth. Dad didn’t teach me about the stock market or how to play golf. What he did teach me was to step outside on a lovely spring morning and inhale deeply, and to experience gratitude for the mist hanging over the mountains. He taught me how to catch a fish and ride my bike and how to make a cool Barbie tent out of an old shower curtain and a cardboard box. He taught me that all life is precious, that every leaf counts, that even though there a million of them that all look alike, if you make friends with a chipmunk, he will come back to see you.
Because of Dad, I can sit here today, with my broken heart, and still be thankful for the hostas that have sprung up in the driveway median. I love you my dear, dear Dad. I wish you peace and joy as you take your place in the universe. You will be in every deer that I see at dusk.
John was the son of the late Mansfield and Laverna Randolph. He was preceded in death by his brothers Roy and Ward, and his granddaughter Savannah. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Shirley; his daughter, Deanna (Greg) Calvin of Columbus, OH; his sons, Anthony of Asheboro, NC; Philip (Ellen) of Ravenswood, WV, and Jason (Helen) of Vienna, WV; and his beloved grandchildren Jeff, Scott (Valerie), Katie (Joe), Josh, Becky, Dan, Sarah, Mikaela; and great-grandson, Easton; and great-granddaughter on the way. John also leaves his brothers Frank, Lawrence, Charles, and Paul; sisters Opal, Gladys, Mary, and Joylynn, and scores of loving relatives and friends.
John lives on in his children; through Deanna, in his quest to understand and befriend the universe; through Craig, in his desire to ease the pain and suffering of each of God’s creatures; through Phil, in his tender care, respect, and endless toil for this planet; and in Jason, through his meticulous work ethic to make every job something of which to be proud.
We love you, Dad, now and forever. We’ll be looking for you.
Family will receive friends on Thursday May 10, 2018 from 11-1pm with the funeral service immediately following at Newcomer Funeral Home 131 N. Canton Rd. Akron, OH 44305. Interment Hillside Memorial Park. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.NewcomerAkron.com.