Randy Harrison of Lanark Village was much loved by all who knew him and projected a positive nature that impressed even those who met him only once. When asked "What do you do?" at a party, he would say "I try to be a better person."

He was dedicated to a peaceful and healthy life, working as a fitness trainer for the Tallahassee YMCA and other workout facilities. Many appreciated his calm and clear demeanor as the First Friday bicycle security at Railroad Square in Tallahassee. He was also known for his automotive expertise, and many recall getting their first car via Randy's advice.

Randy was dedicated to the Lanark community, volunteering for the Lanark Patrol and the Lanark Village fire department. He was also instrumental in providing fitness training opportunities for the Carrabelle Police Department.

Strength and clarity, kindness and spiritual awareness were Randy's outstanding virtues. He would have embraced the world if he could have and no one gave better hugs. He sure will be missed. 

Randy Harrison passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2 due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

His local family includes his wife, Joan Matey of Lanark Village, and his mother Harriet Fairchild of Tallahassee. 

His out-of-state relatives include his brother, sister-in-law and two nieces, Vic, Sue, Dana and Julie Harrison, and his sister and her husband, Nina and Eric Peterson.

There will be a memorial luncheon at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Chillas Hall in Lanark Village.