Randolph Alexander Scott Sr.

Randolph Alexander Scott Sr.

12/17/2013 11:00:49 AM

It was a cool Thursday night September 10th, 1953 when proud parents John Louis Scott and Meldora Scott were blessed with their first son. They named him Randolph Alexander as they knew he was destined for greatness.

From an early age Randolph possessed a strong will and determination to succeed. It was instilled in him that hard work was the key to success and he truly believed this right to the end.

At the age of eight he started his career with City Markets and worked his way up to become the Purchaser for the company. Randolph attended and graduated from St. Anne’s School where he was a member of the debate club. While at St. Anne’s School he entered and won a national essay competition on “The Dangers of Smoking”.

In 1969 he met a young girl named Vanessa and they were married in 1972. That union brought forth three children: two daughters, Rochelle and Rannette and a son, Randolph Jr. Although, this union ended after twenty years, they remained friends until his demise.

Randolph, being the strong person that he was, decided to become an entrepreneur, and retired from City Markets. He formed a business partnership with Kiffer Morris and engaged in three successful business ventures: The New Village Pub; The Pond Liquor Store and The New Englerston Pool Room.

His generosity and love for the less fortunate was evident in the Englerston community, and he opened his heart to many worthy causes and needy persons. He also contributed for the past four years to the St. Agnes’ Soup Kitchen. As a result of his generosity he has many adopted children and extended family members.

During this time Randolph met Willamae McKenzie who was not only his office manager, but his confidante and over the years she has worked relentlessly at his side as he strived to grow his business. She was with until the very end.

He fathered seven children biologically, but was instrumental in the rearing of many more including nieces and nephews. Yes he had a heart of gold. Perhaps his heart was too big and too filled with love that it sagged under the weight and began to give him trouble. He did not let this stop him. He continued to work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for many.

On Saturday, December 7th, 2013 this giant of a man suffered a heart attack that was also complicated by a stroke. He lapsed into a coma and never regained consciousness. On Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 surrounded by his loved ones and close friends, he slipped from this world to the next.

He was known as Mr. Scott, Scott, Scottie, Randy, Ranny, Uncle Ranny, Daddy and Granpa. He lived his life with no regrets and once his mind was made up there was no turning back. Randolph loved life and like the words penned by Elton John, “It can be said that there is a candle in every soul, some brightly burning, some dark and cold. There is a spirit, who brings a fire, ignited a candle and makes his home.”

Randolph held out his candle, ran to the darkness, sought out the helpless, confused and torn, held out his candle for all to see, took his candle and lit the world. May he rest in peace and may his candle continue to burn in the hearts and lives of all who were touched by his giving spirit.

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