Nov 262012

A dear father, brother-in-law, uncle and grandfather, Harry Randall Jr. died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Snowflake. Services will be held in California, nearby some of his nephews and one niece and their families.
Harry Randall was born during World War I, and grew up in Oregon, the eldest of three children born to Harry and Francis Randall.
The Randalls were musically inclined, so Harry played both piano and clarinet in his youth, and was familiar with the biographies of Mozart, Beethoven and other composers. As a pre-teen, he was influenced by Les Miserables, and works by Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. In his teens, he got interested in the burgeoning fields of radio and film, and became a ham radio operator. He was a fan of the silent screen, especially of comedy giants Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd.
Family members introduced him to the Unitarian Church, which he joined and remained involved with for the balance of his active life.
Bicycling, hiking and camping were activities he enjoyed from the days of his youth until well into his retirement.
When Harry left home to go to college, fascism was spreading in Europe, from Germany and Italy into Spain. Harry quit college to work briefly in film distribution. He then joined others in Spain who were fighting against the fascist forces. He was put in charge of the Photographic Unit of the 15th International Brigade, and contributed greatly to documenting what is known as the Spanish Civil War, a precursor to World War II.
Harry returned stateside upon the volunteer forces’ withdrawal from Spain, and soon married his first wife, Alice.
Harry and Alice moved to Montreal, where he built a house and worked for the Canadian Film Board. He enlisted in the Canadian army during World War II and served in England, making newsreels with the Film and Photo Unit. After the war, he worked again for the Canadian Film Board.
In 1952, Harry and Alice chose to relocate to New York City, where Alice’s family lived. In 1956, his beloved Alice died.
Harry carried on working in film production in New York, and remained close to Alice’s family. He soon met his second wife, Doreen, through mutual friends. Doreen was working for an airline in order to see New York City on her way from a nursing stint in Ohio to her home in England. He persuaded her to remain in the U.S. and marry him. Several times in his later years, Harry commented that he was fortunate to have had two true loves in his life.
After they married, Harry and Doreen moved to New Jersey, where they lived for 40 years. Harry worked in medical film production for the American Heart Association and later on, for the American Cancer Society.
They had two daughters who grew up in New Jersey. Both Harry and Doreen worked tirelessly for the rights of residents, parents and staff of the Developmental Center where their younger daughter lived from age six, and where she still resides. They eventually moved to Tucson to be near their older daughter’s family. They enjoyed being grandparents, and followed when the daughter’s family moved to the White Mountains in 2005.
When Doreen died in April 2012, Harry was naturally heartbroken. He carried on bravely for seven months after, buoyed by his beloved family, by his interest in politics and the 2012 elections, and by some truly caring caregivers.
Harry was predeceased by his parents, first wife Alice, second wife Doreen, his siblings, four brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law, several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends, including cousins.
Survivors include his two daughters, son-in-law, granddaughter, three sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, 16 nephews and their families, six nieces and their families, and many more good friends.
Silver Creek Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.