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Randy D'Alessandro - Year Entered 1970

Randy D'Alessandro

Randy D’Alessandro 1952-2021

Randy John D’Alessandro was born Jan 18, 1952, in a suburb of Detroit to Roselynn (Moore) and Carmine D’Alessandro. One of three children, Randy had an older brother, Carmine (Chick) D’Alessandro, and a younger sister, Katie Lynn D’Alessandro.

In high school, Randy excelled at both academics and athletics, achieving good grades and lettering in both football and basketball. At age 15, he was scanning through radio stations looking for a Detroit Tigers baseball game and came across a Canadian station broadcasting The World Tomorrow.

The program piqued his interest, and he began to tune in consistently. This experience initiated a lifelong passion in Randy for studying the scriptures and seeking guidance from the pages of his Bible.

Soon afterward, Randy decided to attend weekly church services, but his parents would not support the idea. Despite this challenge, Randy personally committed to the teachings he had learned from the scriptures and made the decision to quit the high school football and basketball teams to appropriately observe the Sabbath. As Randy learned about the Holy Days, he kept them by himself at home.

In 1970 when Randy turned 18, he was accepted to Ambassador College in Pasadena, California, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology in 1974. After graduation, Randy married is first wife, Lois (Mayes) Lubeck and they settled near Detroit where Randy embarked on a successful career in sales. He worked for Tuck Tape and GOJO Industries, covering territories from Detroit to north of Chicago. He was ordained as a church elder in 1979.

In 1982, son Brandon Lee D’Alessandro was welcomed into the family in Detroit, Michigan, and daughter Danielle Maria D’Alessandro was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1985. Randy loved being a father and then a grandfather to Stryker Kaleb, Austin Rae, Memphis Francis and Knox Dean, and he treasured time with his family.

In 1984, Randy answered the call to the full-time ministry, serving in Raleigh, North Carolina (1984-1989); Cookeville, Tennessee (1989-1993); Parkersburg, West Virginia (1993-1997); Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan (1997-2016) and Chicago, Illinois and Beloit, Wisconsin (2016-2021).

In 2003, Randy met Mary Beth Snyder. After an exciting courtship they married in 2004 and shared 17 years of joy, active service and a deep love for each other. Mary has remarked on traits she admired in her husband including his attention to detail around the house, his consistent support of her as his wife, his love of travel and beaches, his enjoyment of a good meal and his affectionate nature.

Others have commented over the past few days on the impact Randy made on their lives, and a repeating theme from people across different backgrounds is that “Randy was my friend”. He was a good friend and mentor, down to earth and valued for his sincerity and approachability. Still others have shared that Randy “had a beautiful, radio quality voice”; “always worked hard to have a good, clear point for each sermon”; “was outward focused, remembering small details about people’s lives and consistently encouraging” and “has a library of online sermons that will be treasured”.

Early in the morning on Wednesday, October 13, Randy, 69, died unexpectedly. He was in the hospital battling symptoms from a Covid-19 infection contracted several weeks earlier and had been seeing some improvements in the previous days. This was a tremendous shock to his beloved wife, children and grandchildren, and to all who knew him.

Randy John D’Alessandro dedicated his life to pastoring, his passion was helping members of his congregations to grow spiritually and thrive in life. From the example of his steadfast commitment to follow God as a teen, to his example of perseverance and continually moving forward even in the face of challenges, his life inspires all who knew him. His faithfulness, enthusiasm and trust in God provides a path for the many people who loved him and called him friend.

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10/15/21 02:41 AM #1    

Marla Shelton-Watts (1970)

I am so very sorry to hear this. I remember him as being very kind. Condolences to his family.

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