April 28, 2011

Randall Horton, Solitary — R.I.P.

Sorry to report the death of a true eccentric: known to most as Brother Randy. He was found dead in his bathroom this afternoon — details as to cause of death and funeral plans will be forthcoming. Knowing Randy, the funeral will likely be a mix of monastic austerity and pure panache.

Randy was a fine musician, and served as organist in my parish for a few years before incipient MS began to take its toll on his abilities; and he chose to retire gracefully while still capable of performing. One of his last recitals included a performance of Franck's Grande Pièce Symphonique. And grand it was indeed.

Rest well, dear Brother Randy — your solitary days are over as you join the choir celestial.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

4 comments:

R said...

May light perpetual shine upon him...

JCF said...

RIP/RIG.

The nervous-system diseases are cruel indeed. I'm named after a woman who lived w/ MS for about 25 years, before succumbing to its affects. And then my own mother died of ALS. God grant wisdom and insight to those researching their cures...

IT said...

I am glad there is a place for the eccentrics to be appreciated. (As a scientist, I spend my life "out of synch" with most normal people so I am partiularly sympathetic). I hope he died knowing he was loved.

Christopher Stephen Jenks said...

I can guarantee that Randy knew he was loved when he died. I think he was more at home at Fessenden House than any place he had ever lived.