Some of you know that I have recently lost a dear friend, and have been in deep mourning. What you don't know is that this lost has hit many military medics, friends and family hard!
Sadly, Randy took his life last weekend. There is no clear reasoning as to what his state of mind was and what his heart was troubled with, as there was no signs exhibited. No cry for help, nothing.
John and I attended his wake on Friday, and were reunited with many of our own loved ones.
I do know, that Randy was a sweet soul, who experienced horror in ways that a human never should. He did many tours overseas, and the hellish Rawanda where a medics job consisted of the worst kind of torture a mind and eyes can see. Everyone process this differently, but you never get over it.
Bless you my sweet friend.. I will grief for you and your family always! May you find the rest and peace you so desperately needed, and may your return home to Newfoundland to be buried with your loved ones, be one that gives us all closure and peace of mind. You will be rested... but never forgotten. You were a brave medic who touched the lives of many, and you made a difference in so many lives.
This is the obit from the Ottawa Citizen.
MURPHY, Randy William November 28, 1971 - January 24, 2009 Murphy, Randy William (formerly of Foxtrap, NL), passed away at home in Ottawa, unexpectedly on the evening of Saturday, January 24, 2009. He is survived by his very loving and devoted common-law wife Jennifer Clinton and young daughters Capryce and Kyana (Pembroke, ON); mother and father Shirley and Bill Murphy, brothers Lewis (Joan Hann) and Danny. Randy was an extremely kind hearted ever-smiling man with a heart of gold who deeply touched the lives of all those who knew him. He was dearly loved and cherished by all his friends and family and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all. He was a loving and devoted father whose daughters meant the world to him and he was deeply dedicated to them. In the past year, his 2 young dogs Miley and Maddox brought much joy into his life. Randy was a valued member of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group and had a fulfilling 18-year career with numerous deployments including Rawanda, Bosnia, Haiti and Afghanistan. Randy was very well respected by his peers and held in a high regard by those who knew and loved him. Resting at the Kelly Funeral Home 3000 Woodroffe Avenue, Barrhaven, Friday, January 30, 2009 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Saturday, January 31, 2009 to Notre Dame Cathedral, Sussex Drive, for Mass of Christian Funeral at 10:30 a.m. with reception to follow. An additional Service will be planned for St. John's, NL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a trust fund for the education of Randy's young children. If any of Randy's friends would like to bring personal memorabilia to the ceremony, it would be welcomed and appreciated.
I will miss you Randy, and you'll always have a place in my heart!
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