STRANGE: Randy Thomas

Peacefully and surrounded with love at his home in Barrie on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the age of 57.  Best friend, soul mate and partner of Gail Reed.  Loving son of Ollie and the late Bert Strange.

Brother in law of Ed & Janice Reed (Chatham), Ron & Cheri Reed (Toronto), Cheryl Reed, Sherrie & Paul Guilderson.  Will be missed by his nieces, nephews, aunts & uncles and his many friends.

Randy was the most unpretentious, kind, gentle, caring soul you’d ever want to meet.  His interests were varied and many.

Randy was a steel fitter by trade and could appreciate the skill and workmanship required for this profession.  His trade enabled him to create some wonderful pieces of art that adorn our garden.

Randy had a great love of music and an uncanny knowledge of all things trivial about music which he enjoyed and shared with many.

Randy’s love of folk art and antiquing meant many hours, days, weeks were spent travelling and finding pieces that were special.  But it was the friendships that developed with many of the artists that brought him as much pleasure as finding the piece.

Randy loved sports but it was through his love of hockey in particular that he developed such cherished and loved friends.  These friendships carried him through good and bad times and never went unnoticed by Randy.

Randy so enjoyed getting together and spending time with friends whether they be the “old” Trenton crowd or friends from his time spent in Bradford and Barrie.  His love for family was undeniable and he cherished all the times spent together.

Not enough can be said about the oncology staff at Barrie’s Regional Cancer Centre, CCAC and Bayshore Home Care.  Thank you for being dignified, respectful and caring.  Lasting friendships have been made.

At Randy’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of his life in the spring.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice if desired.


When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too;

But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,

And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life, I’d always thought,
I didn’t want to die.

I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all that we shared,
And all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for a while,
I’d say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss some tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,

He said, “This is eternity,
And all I’ve promised you.”
Today your life on earth is past,
But here life starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day is the same way,
There’s no longing for the past.

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here, in your heart ”


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