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Randall Gerard Baldwin

Posted By jim starks On March 31, 2021 @ 5:07 pm In Obituaries | 10 Comments

Randall “Randy” Gerard Baldwin, 65, of St. Joseph passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Randy was born on Feb. 16, 1956, to Virginia and Orville Baldwin, who preceded him in death.

Randy was an amazing, son, brother, father, uncle, and best friend you could ever have. He was the oldest of seven children. A confidant and right hand to his mother, as well as our wonderful big brother with a heart of gold. He was one of the kindest, loving people you could ever know. Always there to help and give encouragement no matter how busy, he always made time for us.

He went on to become the proud father of three boys whom he greatly loved and adored, mentoring them through the years. He carried his love for sports on to his children, especially baseball, he loved the Chicago Cubs. He also taught them auto mechanics and how to build while building two home additions with them by his side. As his sons grew older, Sundays were reserved for family dinners.

Randy was a hard worker holding multiple jobs for many years. Prior to his graduation from BHHS he began his career working at the BH-SJ Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant until he retired in 2016 making him the longest employee ever with over 40 years. While maintaining his full-time job he also worked part time at Meijer stocking shelves and The Herald Palladium as a route delivery driver.

In 2014 he acquired a Boston Terrier named “Gia” and she went everywhere with him. The two of them would take daily walks around the neighborhood getting to know all the other canines and their owners, which he often talked about.

Randy leaves behind to cherish his memories, his children: Brian Shockley of Coloma, Chris (Heather) Shockley of Benton Harbor, and Mike (Maria) Shockley of California; siblings: Tim (Phyllis) Baldwin of Watervliet, Mary Baldwin of St. Joseph, Janice (Daniel) Baldwin of Benton Harbor, Sharon Christians of Benton Harbor, Regina Sando of Coloma, and Jennifer (Mike) Howell of Benton Harbor; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, and uncles and his beloved canine companion, Gia.

Gone too soon, you will forever live in our hearts and be greatly missed until we are united in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom. We love you Randy!

A funeral Mass will be held for Randy, and his mother, Virginia, at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Ave., Benton Harbor, MI 49022. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Benton Harbor.

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Condolence from Mildred Christians on April 1st, 2021 12:39 pm

To all the Baldwin Family. So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. Remembering Randy, he was a family man, whenever met he had a smile and hello. Hard working from a young age and someone his sibblings and the rest of the family could look up to. Rest in Peace and may the Good Lord keep him and the remaining members of the family in his hands.

Condolence from REGINA L. BALDWIN-SANDO on April 1st, 2021 2:24 pm

Thank you Millie

Condolence from Cindy Christians Haines on April 3rd, 2021 1:15 pm

My heart goes out to you after this sudden loss. I’m so very sorry, You’re in my thoughts and prayers. God’s bless!

Condolence from Mark and Kathy on April 3rd, 2021 6:09 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. My husband and I would see him walking around our neighborhood with his little dog. We didn’t know him well but he always said hello and had such a great smile! He will be missed.

Condolence from Cheryl Dorsey on April 4th, 2021 12:48 pm

I was shocked to learn of Randy’s passing. I will miss him, but know he is with his mother in heaven.

Condolence from Michelle on April 4th, 2021 11:29 pm

I am so very sorry to learn of Randy’s passing. I will miss catching up with him and Gia as they walk the neighborhood. Such a friendly man who always made time to chat. He was so very proud of his boys and loved Gia very much. My condolences to the family.

Condolence from Josephine Smith on April 8th, 2021 1:38 pm

I was so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. It was always a pleasure working with him down through the years. Then I would run in to him out at Meijer Grocery store. He was always cordial and friendly. God bless Randy’s family. He will be missed by all of us.

Condolence from Shannon on April 28th, 2021 2:54 am

To the Baldwin Family. Randy was my awesome neighbor. He and Gia always stopped to visit. Gia would demand pets, scoot on her tummy, and just make herself the queen of the world while Randy watched adoringly. Randy always asked about my husband, my parents, my grandma. And when I lost my mom, then my grandma, he never stopped asking how we were doing and checking in on us. Then when he had his back injury, us neighbors exchanged cookies and food with him, and watched him regain his footing as he first used his walker and by the summer, was walking independently. Wow, that man walked!
He adored his mom, his sisters, his brothers, and his sons and their special ladies. He loved his nephew Jacob too!
Randy was one in a million and if I feel robbed, I’m sure you are feeling it so much more.
Terry and I are praying for you all, that you receive comfort and remember the smile he brought to your face. You must be a great family to have had someone like Randy among you.
The Trecartins

Condolence from Regina Baldwin-Sando on April 29th, 2021 4:37 pm

Thank you so much, we miss him like crazy!!!!

Condolence from Jacob Mikeal Howell on April 30th, 2021 1:31 am

Dear Shannon,
Thank you so much for your kindness towards Randy and us. You are the best neighbor Randy could ever have. I hope you and your family are doing well, and I have reason to believe that Randy is looking out for us with the Lord. (Jesus Christ)

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