William Randall ‘Rand’ Woodrick

September 29, 2017

William Randall ‘Rand’ Woodrick

William Randall “Rand” Woodrick of Wakefield, passed away suddenly at his home, Friday September 29th, at fifty three years of age. Rand was the beloved partner of Mark A. Barry of Wakefield.

Born in Pittsburgh he was the loving son of Robert C. Woodrick of NY and the late Janet L. (Mollison) Carnahan. He was one of three siblings including his brother Robert Woodrick and sister Lauren Kelley both of PA. Rand was also an uncle to many loving nieces and nephews.

Rand grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from high school there. He received his BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. His career was always heavily dominated by the sciences. After working at several laboratories he settled at Osram Sylvania in Beverly, as the Principal Scientist.

Rand had many passions including hiking, nature, music and art. He would often hike in the woods of the Breakheart Reservation. He found solace in the northern germanic religious traditions and celebrated with the Jarðarmen Kindred. He sought peace and self-knowledge as a practitioner of Kyudo Japanese archery.

At this time all services are private. A Celebration of Rand’s life will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Saturday, October 21st from 1:30-4:30. Remembrances may be made in Rands memory, to the AIDS Action Committee, please visit info.aac.org/donate.

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  1. I am very sorry to hear of this news. Randy was a great friend and piper with me and the Worcester Kiltie P. B. in the late 80`s he was a great guy and always entertaining.

    Donald W. Ritchie.

  2. I met Randy when I moved into the Pittsburgh area, Upper St. Clair Township, in which he lived when in 4th grade. He was the first good friend I made and he would come over to my home on a regular basis and we’d walk along a nearby creek looking for crayfish under rocks. Sometimes he came with friends, but it was always me and Randy. That’s why, when my parents indicated that we were moving to a larger home directly across the cul-de-sac in which Randy’s family lived, I was excited. I met more good friends in that area, but Randy and I stayed close through elementary school (Eisenhower School), middle school (Ft. Couch School) but less so during high school (Upper St. Clair). I don’t know why we drifted apart – He was a really nice kid and we didn’t get into any arguments. It just happened and I was always disappointed with myself that I lost track of Randy as we all attended different colleges. May Randy rest in peace and may God bless him.

  3. I very much enjoyed talking with Randy. He was a very nice person and he went out of his way to be helpful. He will be missed by all of us.
    Cathy E

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