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In Loving Memory of

Diana Lynn Randall

1946-2021

Obituary of Diana Lynn Randall

Peacefully surrounded by love, Diana gracefully passed away as the sun was rising on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the age of 74.

Many years ago, Diana was approached by a handsome lad named Rick who was looking to "bum a smoke". As fate would have it, that little favour would lead to an exuberant life together and more than 48 years of marriage.

She was a loving and devoted mother to Ryan (Jessica), Haley (Bob) and Cassie (Mark) whose names she would mix up on a good day, but would always give them endless love, time or grief if they didn’t show up for family dinners. Proud "DiDi" to Maddox, Ruby, and her grand-baby due in September whom she described as a miracle that she “never thought would happen”. Diana was survived by her mother-in-law, Muriel Randall, her sisters Cheryl (the late Paul) Smith, Shannon (Fred) Henderson, honorary sister Lynda (John) Flynn, and sister-in-law Debbie (Brad) Linklater.

She will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews whose memories of Aunti Di are quite hilarious and expressive of her vivacity. She is also cherished by many cousins, close friends and her St. John’s Ambulance family, who cannot all be named for fear of missing somebody.

Diana was predeceased by her parents Albert and Baletta French, her father-in-law Morley Randall, her brother-in-law Paul Smith, and by many aunts, uncles and fur babies whom she would pay homage to by way of her storied gardens and antiques.

Many people would have crossed paths with Diana as she was a teacher for 31 years with The Lincoln County Board of Education (now named The District School Board of Niagara). After retiring from the school board, Diana then turned her focus to her second career as a professional volunteer. She donated her time to the Grantham Lioness Club and St. John Ambulance, which her kids suspect was her way of dodging housework in hopes that Rick would do it. For all of Diana’s success in life, her crowning achievement occurred just before Christmas last year when she was awarded the Order of St. John for well over 10,000 volunteer hours in a quarter of a century. The CEO of St. John Council for Ontario stated, “Diana was a testament to all that the Order stands for.”

Diana loved all children who weren’t her own and loved her own children relative to who cursed less in her presence that day. She excelled at making $50 worth of backyard fireworks exciting, taking in strays, mornings, Halloween, levelling up those who sat comfortably in mediocrity, mud pies, technology, contagious smiles, getting the last word in and loving unconditionally. She did NOT excel at wearing shoes, keeping an opinion to herself, holding hands, chewing gum, walking away from a sale or a microphone, pronouncing the word “tiger”, driving in the snow, taking no for an answer, sitting still, and accepting that Rick also didn’t like housework.

One thing she loved more than weekend Happy Hour, was weekday Happy Hour! She would initiate each Happy Hour by tracking her kids on FindMyFriends and sending messages like, “U still at work?”, “Need more white wine” or “Your Dad is watching CNN again. Yawn!”

Her lifelong hobbies included gardening, cooking, and starting new hobbies only to move onto another one after she mastered the previous one.

The Randall family would like to share their great appreciation and respect to all medical staff at St. Catharines General, Hamilton General and Juravinski Cancer Centre; who assisted Diana throughout her health journey despite the challenging pandemic circumstances, and for patiently tolerating the various personalities and unique dynamics of Diana’s family — the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree after all!

Arrangements have been entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services, and cremation has taken place.

Diana, ever the life of a party, left the physical realm amidst a global pandemic that restricts funerals. However, she never wanted a funeral because she didn’t want everyone moping around. Instead, she wanted a gathering where clinking of wine glasses could be heard and high- spirited stories could be shared. Diana will get her Happy Hour Celebration of Life when COVID restrictions lift and her garden is in full bloom.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you do something nice for someone unexpectedly and share your kind act with a member of the Randall family or tag Diana on Facebook. For those who prefer a monetary act of kindness, please donate to St. John Ambulance Car Seat program, or Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research in her honour.

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Diane (Walters) Smith
1 month ago

By accident, I just found out about Diana’s passing. I’m so sorry to you Rick and all the Randall and French families. I spent my teen and 20’s years with Rick Diana John and Lynda, but our lives went in different directions 50 years ago. I still think of you often, and your kids who spent time with my kids who are now in their 40’s and 50’s. Diana was the kind of beautiful person and friend who I thought would live forever. Stay well and safe.

Rochelle Naylor
1 year ago

Phil always spoke so fondly of the “3 French Ladies” & how he appreciated having a connection with his extended family. (I am sure he has welcomed Diana into Heaven with open arms).

Though I didn’t have the opportunity to know her personally, I’ve witnessed online the touching closeness Diana shared with her family. Moments of love, mixed with humour & humanity, I know she was cherished.

Her commitment to service was admirable, her career as an educator shaped the lives of many in the community. She was a role model, leader & friend.

I was saddened to hear of her struggles with cancer, now more so to hear of her passing. Though her presence shall be missed, hopefully knowing she will continue to live on in the hearts she touched will give her loved ones solace during this time of sorrow.

My sincerest condolences…

RENE SHELLY
1 year ago

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs.Randall, she was my favorite teacher for tourism and hospitality. She taught me many valuable lessons in life. She will be missed . Rest in peace.💔❤️💔❤️

Bob Burrows
1 year ago

Sorry to read of your loss Rick

Maria D'Orante
1 year ago

I was heart broken to hear about your mom (and wife)!! Mrs Randall was always so happy and good to everyone. She helped us with our cat when we were too young to drive him to the vet!! She had a heart of gold!!! She will be terribly missed on Leaside Dr. where the neighborhood will never be the same!! I hope that she is feeling no more pain. The pain is left for the living!! Thinking of all of you.

Barbara Eade
1 year ago

To Cassie and family,
It is with a full heart that I bid farewell to your amazing Mom. She lit up a room and shared her extraordinary energy and excitement no matter the context! The ladies of Lord Elgin loved working and laughing and sharing triumphs with your Mom. When our beloved school closed its doors we pledged Always to remember each other and the special vocation we shared. Diana was and always will be in our hearts.

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Catherine(Potts)Wiley
1 year ago

I remember her as a teacher. I didn’t personally have her but she was always soo kind to everybody

Minnie Hol
1 year ago

Diana was my favourite teacher in high school. We met up again when we were both awaiting the arrival of our first child. She moved, we moved, we lost contact, but I did think of her fondly from time to time,
Sending comforting thoughts from New Brunswick

Christina Garcia
1 year ago

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Susan McGlynn
1 year ago

Hello Randall Family, I would like to offer my sincere condolences on the passing of Diana. I met Diana several years ago when she was sent to my class of at risk learners to teach us First Aid & CPR. I was so impressed with her ability to engage and work with our most challenging learners. She made the students feel empowered and they left the course feeling confident and capable. It was a pleasure to have Diana return to my class each semester. and she became an amazing role model and friend. I looked forward to hearing her family updates with each visit. She was so incredibly proud of all her grown children. As she spoke about you, her eyes would light up and it was apparent that she felt loved and was just over the moon proud of the amazing things her children were accomplishing. From everything she has told me about all of you, I am confident that Diana’s bright spirit and zest for life will live on in each of you.
Best wishes,
Susan McGlynn

Sandy Polson
1 year ago

I wish I could have hugged you one more time. You fought the fight of fights showing once again your strength and will to live and love. I will miss our back and forth commentaries when watching the Jays and the Raptors My Dad has a special place in his heart for you Di, you always made him laugh and I know you will be doing that again. You will be missed but have left a legacy of mentor to so many. Difficult roads lead to beautiful places and your ride took you there. Love cousin Sandy

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Angela Leitch
1 year ago

Haley this is a loving tribute to your mom. Sympathy to you and your family.

Westlane Secondary School
1 year ago

Our deepest sympathy to the family at this time. Diana was a member of the Westlane staff for a number of years and then returned to train our students in first aid. Lots of great memories. She will truly be missed.

John Alkabbani
1 year ago

I met Diana briefly when I first started learning the Car Seat course. Learned much from her in a very short time. I regret she is no longer with us on the physical plane but I know she is in the arms of Lord for she did all God wants all of us to try and follow after. My condolences to you all her family with all my love. Rest in peace Diana. You are and will always be in our hearts.

John T
1 year ago

With deepest of sympathy to your family Cass, I wish your Mother all the happiness one can experience as she embarks on her next journey.. she sounds like an amazing lady indeed.

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Darren Smith oldest nephew
1 year ago

No words can truly describe my Auntie Di’s love of life and her inbounding love for others. I will miss her dearly ❤️

Nancy Roadnight
1 year ago

I met Diana when I became an instructor for St. John. Memories of her energy and high spirits will remain with me for the rest of my days.

Debby White (Frost)
1 year ago

I shared a classroom with Diana at NFCVI, so many years ago. What a character and such a wonderful soul. My heart aches for the family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Shannon and Fred
1 year ago

Life just won’t be the same without the three French sisters. But we know she will be sitting on the sidelines, telling us to smarten up and get on with it.

We will miss you, Diana, and know that when I smell burnt toast, you are there. ❤️

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Joshua Smith
1 year ago

I am will miss for going to casino and text chats and I am miss you aunt Diana

Adam Carter
1 year ago

You will forever be in my heart Lady Di. Thank you for all your wisdom, your tenacity and dedication to the “service of humanity” (Pro Utilitate Hominum). You never wavered no matter the challenges or adversity we faced within St. John. I will forever cherish our friendship. Lover Your Adam XOs

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Cheryl and Joshua Smith
1 year ago

This is the second time I’ve had to say goodbye to someone in my immediate family that meant the world to me. It doesn’t get any easier… Diana: I will miss our morning text chats over coffee, our excursions to the fruit markets, the tours through your exquisite gardens as you described every flower and plant and your love and concern for my own children. You were never judgemental or biased in any way. You rooted for the underdog and did everything you could to help those who needed help. Oh Lord I’m going to miss you along with all that we shared as sisters. The laughs. The tears. The joys. The disappointments. Oh! And be sure to stop off at the Rainbow Bridge. You have a menagerie waiting for you. Give Qantas and Jesse kisses. Enjoy your time with Paul at the great antique store in the sky. Rick, Cassie, Haley and Ryan – my heart breaks for you. With Love ❤️ forever. Cheryl

Lindsay Chase
1 year ago

My deepest condolences to the Randall Family. Diana was such a vibrant, generous, loving woman who put so many others ahead of herself. She was always welcoming to anyone who walked into her life and generous to those in need. She had a beautiful warm smile and a vibrant soul. Her unconditional love for her family and friends will be carried in their hearts forever. ❤️

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