Obituary for Randall Therssen
Randall Allen Therssen, resident of Allenhurst, New Jersey, died April 13, 2017. He was 56 years of age. Randy, as he was known by his Detroit family and friends, was born and raised in Eastpointe, Michigan, son of Nancy and Ronald Therssen. He was a 1978 East Detroit High School graduate and he received his BA Degree in Business from Wayne State University and his MBA from the University of Detroit.
Randy started a successful career with American National Resources, spending a decade in Detroit before moving to the New York area, where his childhood dreams would be fulfilled. There, Randy worked in the Gas and Oil industry as an Executive Control Leader for many years. In New York City, he met Felix Papadakis at a cabaret club called the Duplex (1994), and that began an almost 23-year relationship (largely based on daily laughter). Many entrepreneurial activities followed, as they jointly owned a dress design business in New York’s Garment Center, a bakery in Newtown, PA, and in recent years they served as publishers of a shopper’s market magazine, which helped connect them to the local community in their beloved Allenhurst, NJ. Randy had a talent for design, and this was forever evident in the three homes that they built and decorated together. Their home in Allenhurst reflected his belief that everything should be meticulous, purposefully placed, symmetrical, beautiful and most of all clean! He believed wholeheartedly in the old adage, "Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
Together with Felix, they embarked on a world of adventure, visiting such places as Rio de Janeiro, Athens in 2004 for the Olympics, and St. Petersburg, Russia. While Randy might have left his heart in San Francisco on one trip, he definitely left his appendix in Venice, Italy, during an unplanned surgery, on another. Most of all though, he enjoyed being with family and friends and his laughter was infectious. He loved comedy and particularly TV shows such as I Love Lucy, Friends, and The Golden Girls, often taking a real life moment and relating it back to one of these shows - and repeating the lines with Felix to gleeful laughter. Randy also loved the arts, with special fondness of Broadway musicals, and he enjoyed participating in the community theater, with one of his most memorable performances as Jose in West Side Story - a part the producers created for him because he wanted a “line”.
Randy led his life with love and purpose and his smile and jovial laugh would have the entire room laughing with him. His greatest love was for Felix, and his beloved dogs Curtis, Effie and the late MaryClaire. Randy will be deeply missed and his light will continue to shine in our hearts forever. May memories of Randy be eternal.
Randy is survived by the love of his life, spouse Felix Papadakis; his beloved mother, Nancy (the late Ronald); cherished siblings, Shari (the late Ronald) Schult and Christopher (Dawnn) Therssen; Nancy’s loving companion, James Merl; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be held at Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home, 32814 Utica Road, Fraser, on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 11AM until the time of the funeral service at Noon with Father Anthony Sulkowksi officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be addressed to the donor’s choice. Share memories at www.faulmannwalsh.com.