Wilhelmina C. Randall
Wilhelmina C. Randall (known to friends as “Billie”), 73, of Charlotte, NC, died on February 18, 2018, peacefully in her sleep after a long respiratory illness.
Born in Passaic, NJ and a former long-time resident of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mrs. Randall attended King Low Heywood Thomas School (currently known as the King School) in Stamford, CT and graduated from Park University in 1966 with a B.A. in Musicology. She received her M.A. in American History from UMASS-Salem in 1976, studied Musicology at Boston University where she was elected President of the student body and studied American History at Harvard University.
Mrs. Randall spent her working life doing what she loved and staying true to her inquisitive nature became proficient in many disciplines. She was a musician, composer, teacher, antiquarian and world traveler ultimately founding and leading Canterbury Travel Co. as President and CEO. She loved the outdoors and as an active skier in her early years frequently visited Mad River Glen in Vermont.
In her philanthropic pursuits she stayed involved in several organizations, most notably the Boy Scouts of America where she served on the troop committee for Troop 3 in Manchester-by-the-Sea and contributed her time and efforts for many years thereafter. Known for her quick wit and decisively positive outlook she was mentor to many, but to no one more than her son, John. One of Wilhelmina’s greatest passions was her family and there was nothing she enjoyed more than spending time with her grandchildren.
Her infectious smile, sense of humor, and passion for life will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Wilhelmina is survived by her husband, best friend and travel companion of 42 years, Walter; son, John (Emily) Randall of Charlotte, NC; and four adoring grandchildren, Wilhelmina Mae Randall, 8, John Wiley Randall, 5, Robert Frederick Randall, 2, and James Merritt Randall, 1 week.
A private memorial service for Mrs. Randall was held at the Christ Episcopal Church of Charlotte, NC on February 26th. Donations in her memory may be made to the Boy Scouts of America at aplacetogive.scouting.org