Randall S. “Randy” Drake

May 6th, 2015

Randall S. “Randy” Drake, age 59, of Tewksbury, MA, died peacefully on April 28, 2015, at the Winchester Hospital, with his loving wife at his side.

Randy was born on November 26, 1955 in Olympia, Washington. He was the cherished son of Helen (Popove) Drake and the late Donald Drake of Lacey, WA. Randy was raised and educated in Lacey, WA and was a graduate of North Thurston High School. Randy then went on to pursue his education at the American University of Paris where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in European Cultural Studies.

While at the University, Randy met the love of his life and his best friend of more than 36 years Rebecca “Becke” Slaby. They were truly “College Sweethearts” while in Paris. Randy and Becke travelled all over Europe and the Middle East, where they made many life-long friends. Randy and Becke returned to Boston in 1980 and married in 1983.

While in Boston, Randy worked for many years in International Educational Publishing sales. His endearing personality and work ethic made him quite a success in his field. Following his retirement from Publishing, Randy went to work as a Middle School and High School teacher, first in Tewksbury and later in Wilmington, MA.

Randy never forgot his roots in Washington. He loved his family dearly and was very close to his parents, siblings, and most of all his nieces and nephews; Randy just loved being the “Uncle”.
Randy truly lived quite a life. He was a world traveler, but his all-time favorite place to visit was mid-coast Maine. He was a great cook and a fabulous baker who always shared his delicious creations. Randy was also a talented writer who composed music with his wife Becke.

Randy was an avid gardener. He shared his love of gardening by giving away hundreds of tomato plants each spring and by sharing the bounty of the garden with neighbors and friends. He was passionate about food security for all.

Randy will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, his kind heart, and for his strong Christian faith. Randy was a true romantic and a devoted husband who would make his wife feel special and loved. Randy will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him.

Randy was the beloved husband of Rebecca M. (Slaby) “Becke” Drake, cherished son of Helen and the late Donald Drake of Lacey, WA, dear brother of Bob Drake & his wife Theal of Olympia, WA, Dan Drake & his wife Pat of Puyallup, WA, and Sylvia Hanson & her husband John of Bellevue, WA; Loving Uncle of Courtney & Mike Addy and their children Emma and Jack, Lindsey Slaby, Lynsey & Rob Rydberg, Kevin Drake, Marcia Drake and her son Joey Marsh, David Drake, Loren & Amy Hanson, Mark & Yumi Hanson. Randy is also survived by many dear cousins and friends all over the world.

A Celebration of Randy’s Life will be held on May 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Woburn, 3 Winn Street, Woburn, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Randy’s memory may be made to Seeds of Solidarity, 125 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA 01364 or online at or to The First Baptist Church in Woburn, 3 Winn Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.


19 Entries in Guest Book for “Randall S. “Randy” Drake”

  1. The Rev. Mary F. Bettencourt says:

    It has been a privilege to know Randy during these past few years. He was a man of courage, great gentleness, creativity and held a deep love for Jesus, his wife, Becke, and for all our good Creation. He is missed so much already. I am honored to share in officiating his memorial service on May 15th. May the Lord hold him forever in that peace and love that passes all understanding. Know that I am praying for you, Becke, and all of Randy’s and your families, especially his mother Helen. God’s blessings and love,
    The Rev. Mary F. Bettencourt, Pastor
    The First Baptist Church in Woburn, MA

  2. Sharon Elderd says:

    Randy was a wonderful and caring person, he will be greatly missed.
    Becke God Bless you and your family, stay strong!

    Sharon Elderd, Wilmington, Ma

  3. Laura Beggs-Thorsell says:

    So sad to hear of the passing of one of the most popular classmates from NTHS class of 74. Randy was liked by everyone and was one of the nicest members of our class. Randy was lively, kind and fun to be around. Glad to hear that he lived an interesting life and shared it with the love of his life. My deepest condolences to his wife, Mom and entire family. If a memorial service is being held back in his home town, we will be there.

  4. Donna (Donnelly) Powell says:

    I have known Randy since grade school at Old Lacey School! He was so funny and one of the nicest persons I have ever known. I am so sad, it is hard to explain. Even though I hadn’t seen Randy since graduation I think, I do and did think of him often and how much fun we had growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you Becke! Sounds like you and he were truly happy and I love it. Rest in Peace Randy. Love you

  5. Joyce Beckwith says:

    How sad to know that we have lost a gentle, generous and kind man! As a teacher at Wilmington Middle School and High School, Randy really cared about his students. He was very fluent in French and enjoyed teaching the kids “slang” expressions and exposing them to the gourmet cuisine and the many cultural wonders of France. May his memory be a blessing.
    Joyce Beckwith, Foreign Language Dept. Chair – WHS/WMS until 2013

  6. Patty (Dorian) Matthews says:

    To Randy’s wife, Becke, and to all of Randy’s family; my heart goes out to you. I am so very sorry for your loss. I met Randy in the first grade at Lacey Elementary School and had the privilege of graduating with him from North Thurston High School in 1974. I saw him only once after graduation; at our 10-year class reunion. It was wonderful to re-connect and meet his wife, Becke. I so wish we had kept in touch over the years, but “life happens” and before I knew it, 40 years had passed! Randy was a good and faithful friend, and I regret not having the chance to tell him that. On the back of his graduation photo he wrote, “I hope God really blesses your future. I know He will. Take it easy and think of little old me now and then.” I have thought of Randy many times through the years; always with a smile and a thankful heart. “Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

  7. Pedro Silva says:

    Dear Becke, I’m sorry that I never got to know Randy. Clearly the two of you share an extraordinary history. God bless you and your family.

  8. Ed Dutton says:

    Dear Becke and family,

    I only met Randy a few times but in the short time we spent together his personality, whit, and friendliness was over whelming. Randy was a special type of person.

    I could see the love you had for him whenever you spoke about him at the annual “Rock” dinners.

    May God comfort you and you family at this time

    Ed & Ellie Dutton

  9. Mike Nickey says:

    Grace and peace to you in these difficult days. I am very sorry to read of your loss and wish that you feel God’s strong presence in this time.

    Mike Nickey

  10. Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc says:

    We are so grateful to have known Randy, if even for a few short years of his beautiful and generous life. You will be in our hearts, Randy, and often Becke, as our hands are in the soil this season, on this cycle of life, continuity, and gratitude for the precious moments and very good people such as you in this world.

  11. Street Christiàn says:

    Beckie ,dans cette immense douleur je suis de tout cœur avec toi .Didier se joint à moi pour te soutenir dans cette épreuve .Randy restera à jamais gravé dans notre cœur .je suis tellement heureux d’avoir pu partager cette partie de vie que vous m’avez offert tous les deux à Paris et au dela de nos frontières .Randy repose en paix .affectueusement Christian-frederick et Didier.

  12. Jean-Michel DALMASSO says:

    Ma chère Becke,
    je me joins à toi en ce moment de deuil. Randy restera toujours “l’ami Américain” et nous avons partagé tant de choses, de Paris à Boston en passant par Four d’en haut et sa forêt.
    Ma Mère Françoise se joint à moi dans cette épreuve.
    Que randy repose en paix.
    Son souvenir sera toujours dans nos coeurs.
    Très affectueusement,

  13. Nancy Nienhuis says:

    Becke, I am so sorry for your loss. All of us at Andover Newtom Theological School are holding you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Nancy Nienhuis

  14. Jean Beneduci says:

    Dear Becke,
    More than 30 years ago I met Randy and even though we haven’t seen each other much, we’ve always kept in touch. I’m so glad I was able to see you both and have you meet Renée, couple of years ago. It was a lovely last memory of time with Randy. Your love of each other and your strong spiritual faith in your marriage, which I remember you speaking of in the past when Larry and I were having difficulty will give you the strength to keep living your life to it’s fullest. Randy was a very special person, whom I will always have fond memories and remember in my prayers.
    Peace and love
    Gina Beneduci

  15. Kathryn Henderson says:

    Dear Becke,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    With deepest sympathy,

  16. Bonnie Owens Hogard says:

    Sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. He was a great guy and liked by all at school. I have gotten to know his Mom and she loved her son very much. He will be missed here on earth , I rejoice knowing I will see him again. Blessings to your family.

  17. Brian McGrath says:

    So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I used to enjoy seeing him and working with him at the Middle School, and also hearing him talk about things such as his Christian faith and gardening with his wife. Our deepest condolences to all of his family; I know he will be missed.

  18. Cheryl "CJ" Jones says:

    Dear Becke, I am so sorry to learn of Randy’s passing. I will always remember his (and your) kindness and generosity when my children and I visited you. He was a nice man of many talents. I wish you much strength and courage at this difficult time.

  19. Prodon Laurent says:

    Chère Becke ,c’est avec une profonde tristesse que je viens d’apprendre la mort de Randy.
    On peut oublier beaucoup de gens mais jamais quelqu’un comme Randy.
    Je garde de lui le souvenir de sa gentillesse naturelle .
    Je te présente mes plus sincères condoléances.
    Amicalement .

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