WOLFEBORO — William Francis Randall, Bill to most, Billy to a few, left us on Monday, September 23, 2013. He died surrounded by the love of his family and some of the many people who called him friend. He was the son of the late Kay and Charlie Randall of Duxbury, Ma., a brother among a family of nine.
Bill was a man of few words, but those words were both whimsical and wise in his own way. He practiced a live-and-let-live attitude, and a good friend said recently of him, "I never heard Bill say a bad word about anyone."
A stone mason by trade, Bill leaves his art all around Southeastern Massachusetts and Lake Winnipesaukee in the form of massive stone fireplaces and home facings. Many are signed in his unique way with a surprising shape hidden among the stones—a turtle here, a heart there. For the most part he accomplished his life's work singlehandedly. Some of the stone chimneys atop the Castle In The Clouds were rebuilt by his hands.
Bill's hobbies can be simply stated: he loved his family, and he loved his work. Beyond these, his greatest joy was traipsing around the Northern Maine woods calling moose to him purely for the excitement of it (and they came!).
Bill's daughters, Becky Randall of Moultonboro, NH, Gina Randall and Beth Randall of Methuen, Ma, his wife Celia Randall of Wolfeboro/Brookfield, NH, and his family in Southeastern Ma will miss his understated wit and his steadfast presence. His family acknowledges the empty space he leaves among dear friends and co-workers within the construction community around the lake.
Calling hours at LordFuneral Home in Wolfeboro, NH will be on Saturday, Oct 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held on Nov 2, 11 a.m., at St. Anthony's Church in Sanbornville, NH. All are invited to celebrate a life well-lived.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology, Dana Faber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave—D1234, Boston, Ma 02215