It saddens me to type this post. On April 14th of this year, Randy Searle, our host for our workshops in Williamsburg, VA, informed me to "hold off" on setting up another Williamsburg workshop due to the diagnosis of a tumor between his kidney and liver. Randy would also learn on May 11th that there was another tumor attached to his heart and was probably caused by Melanoma (stage 4).
While I don't have all the details as I just returned from Maui and I've been offline and ill myself, I've sadly learned that Randy passed yesterday around 1 p.m. with tentative funeral arrangements as follows:
Tuesday evening, May 30: Visitation
Wednesday, May 31: Funeral Service
There will be more news to follow, but I've also heard that their will be an auction around June 22, to help raise money to support his family. Randy was about family. I'm not sure if this auction date will change, but I'll let you know as soon as I can tell.
For those that don't remember, a few years back Randy had multiple organ failure due to some other medical problems, amazingly he survived that bout and back then we raised several thousand dollars on this site alone to help him, his wife Susie (a state trooper) and their kids. I ask that you consider making a contribution, large or small, in the name of photography, to help his family directly by sending any proceeds to:
c/o John B. Warters, M.Photog.,FP
Photo Reflections Inc.
Randy Searle Family Fund
10365 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
Randy loved "GG" and was one of the original contributors here. He loved holding our workshops and always went out of the way to help out. Randy was a recognized member of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association and loved that organization like family and achieved Master Photographer status with VPPA. Randy was an Air Force veteran who served his country with patriotism. Randy was a passionate professional photographer. Randy Searle was Randy Searle, a mentor to some, like a father to some, but most important, a friend to many and a husband to one.
I close for now by asking everyone to say a prayer for his family and if you can contribute to help them please do so. Williamsburg will never be the same.
God Bless his family and friends, Rolando Gomez