Robert D. Randall, age 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Seasons Hospice Inpatient Facility in Milton, Massachusetts. Born in his family's home in South Easton, Massachusetts on December 8, 1932, he was the son of the late Eugene and Esther (Darling) Randall. He was raised in South Easton, graduating from Oliver Ames High School with the Class of 1950. Following his graduation, Bob enrolled in Burdett College, taking courses to earn his Associate's Degree in Accounting.
When at Burdett, Bob met his wife to be, Martha Jean Sawyer, beginning a lifelong love affair. Bob and Martha continued to see each other throughout their years at Burdett, after which Bob was inducted into the United States Army. While in the Army, Bob returned home to Massachusetts to take Martha's hand in marriage on October 11, 1953, in the Unitarian Church in Littleton. The young couple traveled to Virginia, where they made their first home together before Bob shipped off to Germany, proudly serving his country during the Korean War. Bob was honorably discharged in January of 1955, after earning the rank of Private First Class.
Upon his discharge, Bob and Martha made their home together in Natick and Wellesley for a short time before settling in Westwood, Massachusetts, where they spent 46 years. Bob returned to his education, earning a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College in 1958, after which, he joined the audit staff at Price Waterhouse. In 1959 he received honorable mention for high achievement in the Massachusetts CPA Exam. He went on to become a partner at Packard and Packard in Brockton in 1968, before venturing out on his own, forming Robert D. Randall, CPA in Westwood beginning in 1974. Bob grew his company over the years and took on his son, David, as a partner in October of 1987, rebranding as R. D. Randall Associates. While Bob officially turned the reins of the company over to David in 1996, he maintained an interest, working alongside his son until he was 86 years old, continuing his professional education (CPE) well into his 80s. While Bob's primary job was in accounting, he and Martha purchased the Chestnut Hill Colpitts Travel Center in West Roxbury, which Martha managed for many years. This purchase afforded them the opportunity to travel to various destinations, taking notes for potential clients. The couple quickly found their favorite form of travel was on board the deck of cruise ships, traveling all over the world. Back at home, Bob and Martha purchased a time share at the Cape Cod Holiday Estates, where Bob was one of the original owner trustees, spending countless hours advocating for his fellow owners.
While living in Westwood, Bob enjoyed giving back to his community, serving in various capacities throughout the town. He was an officer and director of the Westwood Credit Union for nearly thirty years and served as a town election teller until the position was eliminated. Giving back to the youth of the community, Bob served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop I, in Westwood for many years and had served as troop committee chairman. In addition, Bob served as an advisor to the Blue Hill Council of Girl Scouts.
Throughout his life, Bob was devoted to his faith. He was an active member of the First Parish of Westwood, serving on various boards and committees, in addition to serving as church treasurer for many years. He was previously the head of the deacons, in charge of the ushers at Sunday services, and loved staying active in the Couple’s Club. After settling in Walpole, Massachusetts in 2004, Bob and Martha began attending the United Church in Walpole.
Bob maintained a busy schedule throughout his life, but he always made time for his family. As a devoted son, he loved spending time with his mother and always ensured she was well cared for. He was so proud of his four children, knowing they all earned a college degree and made their homes in the towns surrounding Westwood. Bob was absolutely delighted at the birth of his grandchildren, looking forward to spending time with each of them and attending their various events.
The outdoors was a love of Bob’s. He enjoyed years of bicycle riding and walking. Bob continued walking up until this past June, getting in three to four miles every day, sometimes walking to his Norwood office just to say hello to his colleagues. At other times, Bob and Martha looked forward to gathering with friends to play bridge, cribbage, backgammon, or dominoes. They shared a very special relationship over sixty-seven years of marriage.
Beloved husband of Martha Jean (Sawyer) Randall.
Loving father of R. David Randall and his wife, Karen A., of Holliston, Peter A. Randall and his wife, Holly A., of Foxborough, Linda J. Ramrath and her husband, Robert F., of Keene, New Hampshire, and Susan E. D'Ovidio and her husband, James, of Walpole.
Cherished grandfather of Robbie F. Randall and his wife, Minerva, Timothy D. Randall, Eric P. Randall, Amy E. Dunham and her husband, Francis, Capt. Tyler J. Ramrath, Army National Guard, Bethany R. Chase and her husband, Adam, Michelle E. D'Ovidio, and Andrew J. D'Ovidio and his fiancé, Abbey Long, and great grandfather of Astrida Rose Randall.
Brother of Raymond F. Randall of South Easton and Roberta Phillips of Marshfield.
Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
As a result of the ongoing and ever-developing health crisis in the world and with genuine concern for the people whom they love, Bob's family has decided that his funeral services will take place privately in the United Church in Walpole, with interment taking place in Maple Grove Cemetery in Walpole. Friends and family who wish to watch the service on live stream may do so on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM at https://www.unitedwalpole.org/livestream.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Church in Walpole, P.O. Box 287, Walpole, MA 02081.
Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.
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