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 seedsofsolidarity.org 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.