Walter F. Randall

March 13, 2016

Walter F. Randall
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

WALTER F. RANDALL in Woburn, March 13th . Beloved husband of the late Dorothy P. (Lawson) Randall. Devoted father of Walter F. Randall Jr., of Marlboro, Janice Waters, her husband Robert of Woburn and Marianne Crowley, her husband Brian of Woburn. Dear “Bampa” of Sarah, Michael Meghan and Joseph Waters and dear “Grampa” of Dylan Crowley, Walter III, and Steven Randall, along with two great grandchildren Joseph “J.J.”, and Grace. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, March 23rd at 10 a.m. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours, Tuesday 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Walter’s memory to the GRECC Program, Bedford Veteran’s Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730.

OBITUARY:

Walter F. Randall passed away at the Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford after a brief illness. The beloved husband of the late Dorothy P. (Lawson) Randall, he was ninety eight and a half years of age.

Born in New Bedford, he moved to Woburn at the age of five and has remained here.

Walter was raised and educated in Woburn and was a graduate of Woburn High School along with the Class of 1935. He worked for a bit after high school and when World War II broke out, Walter enlisted in the United States Army. Walter was sent over seas where he was involved in the intense fighting at the Battle of the Bulge. It was during this invasion that Walter was seriously injured. As a result of his heroic acts Walter was very humble yet proud recipient of the Purple Heart. Walter always remained a very active and proud Veteran.

Upon his return from the war, Walter began working at the Atlantic Gelatin, where he remained for forty years retiring at the age of sixty two. Shortly after beginning work there, Walter met a lovely young woman from Stoneham, Dotty Lawson. In 1952 they were married and made their home in East Woburn,on what used to be the Fowle Estate.

They brought a son and two daughters into the world to whom he was devoted. Every year they would travel to Cape Cod and spend two weeks. They so enjoyed themselves, having all the fun vacations had to offer. They would also take other trips throughout the years visiting Canada, Washington DC along with many shops along the eastern sea coast. The only time Walter would smoke a cigar, was when he was going on vacation. So when his daughters saw him light up a cigar, they knew they were headed out on a wonderful vacation. He and Dot had also travelled to Hawaii and England over the years . When his grandson Dylan was born in England, they both journeyed back again to visit on several other occasions. Walter kept himself busy every day! Right up to age ninety four, he walked every single day on his treadmill, after taking walks outside!

A true gentleman always, Walter took very good care of not just his family but also his wife’s family. Anything they needed done, driven to, picked up from or even just a conversation, he was right there. Walter was always very sensitive to the needs of others.

A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother in law, Walter lived each day to the fullest. He was so very proud of his family and also very proud of his country.

Walter was a member of Veteran’s of the Battle of the Bulge organization out of VA and Woburn Elks.

Sadly, Walter was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy.

Walter is lovingly survived by his children Walter F. Randall Jr., of Marlboro, Janice Waters, her husband Robert of Woburn and Marianne Crowley, her husband Brian of Woburn. Dear “Bampa” of Sarah, Michael Meghan and Joseph Waters and dear “Grampa” of Dylan Crowley, Walter III, and Steven Randall, along with two great grandchildren Joseph “J.J.”, and Grace. A Funeral will be held in the Lynch- Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, March 23rd at 10 a.m. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours, Tuesday 4-8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Walter’s memory to the GRECC Program, Bedford Veteran’s Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730.

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  1. Sarah and family:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your “Bampa.” I wish I had had the opportunity to thank him personally for his service to our country, and to get to know him. From your stories, he sounds like he was a wonderful, devoted man who will be missed–but never forgotten! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Fran DiLeo

  2. David Seley
    I am so sorry for your loss. Walter personified “The Greatest Generation”. His dignity, character, and humility even though he is a true hero, insures that he will live in our memories far beyond his time on Earth. I feel fortunate to have known him.

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