On Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Randall Blackard, husband, brother, son, and friend to many passed away in the comfort of his home in Thonotosassa at the age of 56. Randy will be forever remembered by his wife, soul mate and best friend Karol Yeazel-Blackard. Randy will also be forever remembered by his brother Gary Blackard, extended family, and numerous dear friends.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Peggy Janette (Strickland) and Rollo Blackard.
Randy was born in Florida but his family soon relocated to Georgia where Randy remained until the end of high school. He later returned to Florida where he would make his permanent home.
Randy made an impact to the lives of everyone he met. Whether he met them through school, family, his lengthy career in Industrial Automation, his Real Estate career or just a stranger he met that might need a helping hand. Randy always put others needs above his own and helping people came naturally to him.
The most repeated phrase people have used when remembering Randy is ‘He was the smartest guy I’ve ever met.’ If Randy did not know how to do something, it was no surprise that he was going to learn it; quickly and in it’s entirety. He succeeded in everything he tried his hand at because he never gave up and he lived a life of integrity. People respected Randy in all facets of his life because they knew he was going to give it to them straight; honesty was one of his strongest traits. It is one of the reasons he was so successful in building personal relationships and his businesses.
Randy was a presence and he will be missed dearly. He was so strong in mind, body and spirit while also having the most gentle and kind heart.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 8, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at Philippe Park – 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. Donations can be made by mailing a check to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, MBC-FOUND, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612; online at Moffitt.org/Donate; or by calling 1-800-456-3434 ext. 1403.
Randy was such a pleasure to work with at Weichert, Realtors – Yates & Associates. He got one of the fastest starts I have ever seen and was the Rookie of the year his first year! He seemed a natural and was always so helpful at the office especially when her heard me complaining about my computer problems…he would always say “I might can fix that for you, let me look at it and he always fixed it. . It is a tremendous loss for all of us and we will miss him greatly. His positive attitude and spirit was infectious. Rest in peace Randy. Jeanette Yates
I (Linda) first met Randy in the spring of 2014 while visiting Karol. I thought he was a kind and gentle man. He treated me so respectfully. I could tell from the onset that he was a keeper for Karol. Their relationship grew and they were very happy together. He would often treat her to a surprise weekend at the beach. Randy was a gifted man with many talents. He could fix anything. In 2015 while we were visiting, there was a problem with the air conditioning unit in our condo. Randy was eager to come over and repair it. Karol had to restrain him as the condo was a rental unit. This was an example of Randy wanting to lend a helping hand. During this visit Randy proved to be the ultimate host as he demonstrated his culinary skills. Subsequent to this visit, Randy touched our hearts and thrilled us when he phoned to ask permission for Karol’s hand in marriage. We could hardly believe that in this day and age such a gentleman could be found. Without question we said “yes”. The next time we saw Randy was when he came to Canada with Karol. They were so in love. Before Randy was taken I (Ed) was given the opportunity to express to him my love for him. To me he was the son I never had.
Ed and Linda Yeazel
Randy was such a kind, intelligent and funny gentle man. He made Karol so happy and we will always be thankful for the time they had together being so in love and making beautiful memories. He was an awesome cook and we got to share a couple of meals, what a great time we had! He kept us entertained with his stories and his humor. He had a beautiful smile and a beautiful heart. We love him and think it’s so unfair that he was taken from us so soon. He was a badass to his very last day. We love you as a brother, Randy. We feel your love and peace around us. We will always be sad you are gone from us, but always be happy for being your friend. God bless your journey.
My condolences go out to his friends and family. It’s so sad to hear of his passing. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏🙏
My condolences goes out to his family. Randy has a lot of good qualities. Knew how to fix anything. One of his favorite quotes was “ if you’re going to dumb you better be tough”. I remember one time going to Winn Dixie and there was a homeless hungry man wanting food. Randy bought him a sandwich. I recall countless times of him giving money to strangers that walked up and asked for help.
Randy always brought a smile to my face
One the best cousins a person could have. To many good memories to share, love you Randy.
John Strickland III.
As so eloquently said in the obituary, I met Randy through Ken Blackard and he was a very special person to me and had the utmost respect and admiration for him. As said if he did not have an answer he would research it and find one. He was a straight shooter and you could take his word to the bank. I enjoyed his friendship and will miss him dearly. Karol you made him happy and thank you for that!
Randy was such a funny, intelligent, kind-hearted man. He and Karol had such a beautiful relationship, and we were so happy that they had found each other and were building a wonderful life together.
He was a great storyteller and always made us laugh with his stories. He was fearless and so so strong. He had a larger than life personality and we feel his presence even though he has passed from our world. I know he will always love Karol, and he will always be pure love from this point onward.
We love and miss him – Todd & Marciale Hurt
Randy was a longtime family friend through his friendship with my father, Bill Lewis, who passed last year from cancer. During happy and challenging times for my father, I recall a feeling of joy and hopefulness with the mention of Randy. He offered a listening ear, strong word and support. From that we also felt comfort through their friendship. I was broken up to hear Randy was battling cancer and now so saddened to hear of his passing. They were both courageous fighters, May he and Bill find each other again. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.
When we moved to Florida in 1988, Bill’s first friend was Randy. Bill came home from work one day and was so excited about this guy he met. The two of them seem to click right from the start. Bill was so interested in Randy’s electrical abilities, knowledge, guns and stories that drew him in. Bill would hang out with Randy in his garage all the time. They would talk and laugh for hours. Bill had a brotherly connection and looked up to Randy as a very intelligent person and he was. When I met Randy, I can see why Bill was so drawn in by him. I too loved talking and spending time with Randy. His smile was so infectious, that you were just glued to his presence. We spent many holidays with Randy and got to know his family.
I believe Randy and Bill are together sharing stories, laughing and having a good time together. I will miss him but I will never forget him.
Forever in my heart,