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BOUCHER, Randall “Randy”

March 28, 1953 – Stettler, Alberta   

April 27, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta 

Born March 28, 1953 in Stettler, Alberta to Robert and Doreen Boucher, Randy was raised in Red Deer, Alberta. His life was full with sports, school, outdoor activities, road trips, tinkering in the garage and camping trips (especially with the Fix’s).

Upon graduating from Camielle J. Lerouge High School in 1972. Randy continued to pursue these interest as well as being curious about new ideas/places/roads and driving “twisties”.

Randy met his future wife Dawn when he decided to enroll in post-secondary education at Mount Royal College. He studied for a time in the Faculty of Kinesiology before switching to SAIT. Here he obtained a ticket in Small Engine Mechanics which allowed him to work with his dad for a time at B’s Service Station in Windermere, BC. Randy’s continued curiosity led him back to Red Deer College, this time to explore education courses. He completed his B.Ed. degree at the University of Calgary in 1980.

Dawn and Randy wed in 1979, setting up home in Calgary. Life was interesting and invigorating, living in basement suites, sharing one car, “fine” dining at Peter’s Drive-in, splurging for pizza at Nick’s Steak House, hunting for antiques and, of course, flogging the golf ball at Redwood Meadows.

They bought their first home in 1982, it was a sweet 700 square foot house on a beautiful corner lot in N.W. Calgary. On Randy’s birthday in 1992 they moved into a villa in Bow Landing. It was quite the change of scenery and brought much delight watching seasons change on the Bow River. Randy’s tool kits, generator and other tinkering tools all fit into their large garage. He continued to work on his motorcycle and cars, making them ready for trips with friends, as well as with Dawn. Road trips were sometimes short, to Red Deer or Sundre, or longer treks to the lakes of Montana, BC, Arizona and Nevada. Life was filled not only with work but with friends, family gatherings, golf at Valley and Lynx Ridge’s as well as continued explorations of Randy’s interests.

Randy’s teaching career spanned 28 years and he was fortunate to spend it teaching within the Rocky View School Division. He was first with Muriel Clayton School in Airdrie teaching math and science to grades four, five and six. George McDougall Junior High was his second stop and he stayed as it transitioned to a high school. In 1995, Randy moved to Springbank High School where he focused on Math with grade nine and ten students. His love for teaching continued after he retired though tutoring numerous students until last fall. Randy’s legacy is his ability to demonstrate the intricate connection of math and science to life through not only the subject but also to a students commitment to achievement in everything they pursue.

Post retirement brought a few years of happiness in travel, continued tinkering and the purchase of a home in Sun City West that Randy fixed up to perfection. Three happy but short years allowed for winters of golf, cycling, hiking, spending wonderful times with Greg and Merrilyn and making new friends. Time was short though and Randy’s shortness of breath brought the news of pulmonary fibrosis. Special angels, like niece Anita and others too numerous to mention, surrounded Randy at this time.

Randy was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Doreen (Penosky) Boucher; and his brother James. Randy will be fondly remembered by his loving wife of thirty-eight years, Dawn (Demers); a brother, Tom (Maureen); a niece, Anita; a sister-in-law Lynn; a special aunt and uncle, Shirley and Lowell Holm; Merrilyn and Greg Roth; a brother-in-law David; a uncle Jim Thompson from B.C., and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends from the Botha, Stettler and Calgary areas.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Friday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation,  47 Squire Baker’s Lane, Markham, Ontario L3P 3G8 (905-294-7645). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Randell Alan Boucher, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Keith Williams :

    What a shame to lose a friend. His courage during a very difficult time was a model for the rest of us.

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  2. Danny Eveleigh :

    Randy was a very special co worker of mine at Springbank HS who walked to a different drum which is why I liked him so much and became good friends. He was the type of teacher who would talk up in staff meetings for teacher’s rights and often one could hear other teachers whisper “Ya … get em Randy.” I remember one teaching advice he gave me: “Between classes stand in hallway and say hi or bug students walking by, they love it.” His students loved him, his co workers respected him, and friends adored him! All the best Dawn.

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  3. Many years ago Randy and us were stuck on a very isolated trail north of Spray Lake in my Ford Ranger with a dead battery. We were in deep trouble. Randy led the way and we push started it down a ravine. It worked. Rest in peace Randy. All the best Dawn.

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  4. Rick and Paulette Smith :

    Randy and I go back a LONG way. We met when we both taught at George McDougall School in Airdrie and enjoyed one another’s company. As often happens when life goes on, we drifted somewhat apart but did stay in touch occasionally by phone. I had hoped to visit him sometime in the last few months but could not shake a cold and was not going to expose him to it. The world will be a sadder place without you Randy. Our condolences to you Dawn.

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  5. Knut Andreassen :

    Our condolence to Dawn.
    We was happy to know Randy as a nice and funny person. May he rest in peace.
    Love from Knut & Britt. Sun City West.
    (Norway)

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  6. Dickson Morris :

    Randy was a very good friend. And what more could a guy ask for, and what more could a friend say! Enjoy the ride Doodley!!

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  7. Pam Christensen :

    Dawn, I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. It was a privilege to have known him and worked with him at Springbank High. I loved his deep spirituality and sense of humour. His kindness and compassion for others was evident in his teaching and the students had great respect for him. My prayers are with you and your family at the time is sadness.

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  8. Ron Kuzmickas :

    Both Janet and I send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Dawn. Randy was the first to welcome me to SCHS when I transferred there in September 1999. He mentored me in the teaching of mathematics to students of all levels and capabilities. His dedication to his students was second to none. I will miss Randy, a man of character and integrity.

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  9. Lindy Rasmussen :

    I am sorry for your loss. I remember Randy’s sense of humour, his willingness to help others and I admired him for how he rose to the challenges in life he was given. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  10. Val Dunlop :

    Hi Dawn, both Geoff and I are so very sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. His concern was to make sure you were OK always. A lovely man indeed and fought so hard with his illness. A teacher too, such a rewarding career watching his students success. We are thinking of you at this time. Val

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  11. Mr. Boucher was my teacher when I was in grade 7 or 8 at George McDougall. I had run into him over the years at teacher conferences and such. He always stopped and chatted for a few moments. Condolences to his family and friends.

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  12. Teresa and Ted Jankowski :

    A Prayer for the Deceased Randall BOUCHER
    O God, our Lord, our Eternal King, our Everlasting Father and the Most Merciful Judge of all give rest to the soul of Your servant Randy , who has fallen asleep in Your Kingdom, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering. (Gospel, Lk 1:37-38) Most faithful God, lively is the courage of those who hope in You. Confident that the petition of those who mourn pierces the clouds and finds an answer, we beg You, give rest to the Late Randy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.Sending our prayer and deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, brother and uncle.
    Sincerely, Teresa & Ted Jankowski, Windsor, Ontario

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  13. Teresa and Ted Jankowski :

    A Prayer for the Deceased Randall BOUCHER

    O God, our Lord, our Eternal King, our Everlasting Father and the Most Merciful Judge of all give rest to the soul of Your servant Randy , who has fallen asleep in Your Kingdom, where there is no pain, sorrow or suffering. (Gospel, Lk 1:37-38) Most faithful God, lively is the courage of those who hope in You. Confident that the petition of those who mourn pierces the clouds and finds an answer, we beg You, give rest to the Late Randy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
    Sending our prayer and deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband, brother and uncle.
    Sincerely, Teresa & Ted Jankowski, Windsor, Ontario

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  14. Peter Schill :

    Randy and I were colleagues at GMHS for seven years. I hiked many a trail with him and our mutual friend Glynn Hughes. Randy was unique and always concerned about the dignity of his students and colleagues. Knowing how to deal with people and personalities was one of his strengths. He was imminently approachable. A great fun guy to know. Original and genuine.

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  15. Gay Stafford :

    I worked with Randy at Muriel Clayton and was so sorry to hear of his passing. I enjoyed the time we were on staff together and also chatting with him at ATA functions.
    I especially remember his sense of humour!

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  16. Phyllis & Bill Humphreys :

    Sorry we will not be able to be with you on Friday but will be thinking of you at that time with deepest sympathy. We didn’t know him for long but enjoyed his humor.

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  17. Lorna and Lyle Watts :

    We were so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I wish I could be at the service to see everyone today.
    We send our heartfelt condolences to everyone and want you to know we are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    Lorna Watts (Fix)

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  18. My heart is breaking this morning, you were a beautiful kind soul that was a pleasure having given the chance to know. The day you crossed my path was one of the happiest day of my life. I will miss you and you will be in my heart forever. You are flying with the angels this morning.

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  19. Ivona Comba :

    Dearest Dawn,
    It is with great sadness that I heard about the passing of Randy. Randy has a special place in my heart. When I first met him I thought he was a bit cranky, but slowly, slowly he softened and became a man to whom I could go if I needed wise words, a reassuring hug or a hearty laugh. He had a twinkle in his eye and a deep sense of what was right and what was wrong. He wasn’t cranky at all, he was just determined to do what was right – even if it meant making waves. Randy gave me a few little messages when we worked together. I will share one: “Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with the gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.” <3

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  20. Tom & Anita Henke :

    Dawn and Family….Our most deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Randy. We will cherish those fondest memories that we shared with him on the putting range and our get
    Our prayers are with you…..God Bless
    Tom and Anita Henke

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  21. Tom & Anita Henke :

    Correction……our socializing with our putters group, Sun City West. Hope they serve French fries in heaven.

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  22. Wayne & Moira Harlton :

    Dawn; Please accept our condolences. So sorry for your loss. Randy was a great guy. Remembering the times we had in Rocky View and the early days on the golf course especially the road trip to Innisfail with Jim Darrah. Take care.

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  23. Brian Jackson :

    Dawn: Randy was one of the first people I ever met when I got involved with our local of the ATA. He took me under his wing and was my friend. Even though we worked at different schools, our paths crossed often at Rocky View events. He joked with me and made me feel comfortable. He encouraged me often and made sure all was well. He has left an impression on me always.

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  24. To Dawn and the Boucher family, our sincerist condolences.
    My wife Susan and I were stunned with the knowledge of Randy’s passing. I have many fond memories of Randy as we spent many years teaching, coaching and playing together while teaching at George McDougall. The one thing I truely loved about Randy was his sense of humour and his laugh. Although we did not stay in touch I still reflect upon the great times we shared at George Mac. May the fond memories you all share of Randy help you through this difficult time.
    Tim Fath

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  25. Jill Milner :

    Dear Dawn,

    My heart is breaking at hearing of Randy’s passing. I’m sorry I could not be there for the funeral and to give you a hug in person. Randy’s smile beams in my memories of him, as does the glow he had whenever he would talk about you. I always admired the generosity Randy offered me when I started teaching and his perpetually positive outlook. He was a wonderful man. Sending you prayers for peace in your heart during these difficult times.

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  26. "Sun City West Putting Buddies" :

    In our memory, Randy’s “Putting Friends from Sun City West, AZ” a great friend and a better putter than all of us. You are missed. Knut Andreasson, Per Bjune, Terry Cornett, Ron Edevold, Gene Frisbee, Tom Henke, and Bob Sauer

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  27. Sherril and Gary Guthrie :

    Randy’s friendship was a true gift. He offered laughter, wisdom, adventure and an ever-present spirituality. We have such fond memories of Randy and Dawn’s visits to our various homes in BC over the years, and will forever cherish his lovable quirks, keen observations of life, and memorable quotes that continue to make us smile. He will be missed.

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