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A Sad Day in Photography...
Old 05-28-2006, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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
757-599-8399

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
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Old 05-28-2006, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is sad indeed. I didn't have a chance to meet Randy, but I remember him from 'the old days' and it feels as though I knew him well. He'll be missed by many.
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Old 05-29-2006, 10:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I never met Randy but have seen his name and work all about. A sad day indeed....
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His family will be in my prayers.
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Very sad day! Randy's family will be in our prayers and I will be contacting several local photographers for a donation to assist Randy's family.
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Randy was a great guy! He had a great sense of humor, very funny, very sweet. I only wish I had gotten the chance to work with him once more. He was a fabulous photographer and will be greatly missed.

We all take life for granted sometimes but it is one thing so precious you never know when your time is up. Young or old, this could happen to any one of us. Let's keep his family in our hearts and prayers.

And never forget Randy's smiling face and wisecrack jokes.

He will be missed!
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OMG, I spoke with Randy on many occasions. He was a wonderful person, a talented and creative photographer and a kind friend. He will be missed very much. May he rest in peace for all eternity. My condolences to his family.
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Old 05-29-2006, 08:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Randy was a friend and will be greatly missed. I met him at a GG Williamburg workshop a few years ago. Spent several hours that weekend swapping war stories with Randy and Rolando (I'm ex-Air Force, too). Randy was one of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever met. My prayers go out to his family and friends. God bless.

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For the last three years, I had the pleasure of shooting in Randy's studio several times a month.

The ways Randy helped me are too numerous to list totally. He taught me very basic lighting and model posing. He helped me with contacting models and information on digital photography.

His humor was such that I loved sititng around with him after a shoot and talking life experiences as well as photography.

I shall miss Randy very much and there will be a hole in my life which he filled. I will think of him every time I do a shoot and ask myself how he would have done it.
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His family will be in my prayers.....
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