The Beach Knows Who I AM

Around 10 PM last night, September 1, 2012, our dear friend Randy was freed from the stranglehold of his earthly affliction. His passing, unlike the struggles of the past few weeks, was a peaceful transition from this world to the next. Instead of languishing in a hospital bed under a ventilator, Randy faced death on his own terms within sight of the beaches he loved so much. Though he could not get out in the surf and sand that one last time, he told Debbie that “the beach knows who I am” as he spent much of his final two days watching the boats and beachgoers enjoy the waters he loved to frequent.
He left this life surrounded by many friends and family, and family members who were not on the trip with us were able to speak with him over the phone during his final minutes here on Earth. Though he was not able to talk back to them, we could see him respond as each person said their goodbyes. While his earthly body had failed him, Randy’s mind never did. He was alert, and keenly aware of everything going on around him. Always willing to lend a hand, he was still helping us overcome generator issues leading up to the storm and giving Debbie directions to the beach on the way over.
Randy’s impact in this world could be easily seen over the last few months of his life. The incredible support of friends and family is a direct reflection of the hard-working, drop everything to help out someone persona that Randy exhibited throughout his shortened time with us. Be assured that he truly enjoyed the time he was able to spend with you at these events and was eternally grateful for your efforts. Our challenge now is to be sure that we continue to support his wife and three beautiful children just as he would have done for us.
Mourning the loss of our dear friend while rejoicing in the fact the he finally has his well-deserved restful sleep as he awaits the coming of a new day in heaven,



12 responses to “The Beach Knows Who I AM

  1. Our hearts are deeply saddened with the news of Randy’s passing. May God be with Debbie and the children in this time of need!

  2. My prayers & thoughts are with Debbie & her 3 children. You all now have a very special, loving Angel to be with you & watch your every move. I know that he will always be protecting you & his love will be felt in your hearts until you are together again. Think of it as ,he is just away until the day, you will be together to stay, for all eternity. With love & synpathy, Mere ( Christian Weaver’s ) Grandmother

  3. Greg and Family, Debbie and Family, Joe Forte and Family, I’m so sorry Randy left us so soon. My heart and prayers are with you all. May God provide the strength needed at this time. Somethings in life we will never understand. Love, Debbie Gallaty LeJeune and family. My parents send their love and comfort at this time.

  4. My heart and prayers go out to your family and friends. Im sorry the lord took him so soon, We all will meet him again one day. He was a great father, brother ,friend, and husband. Thinking about everyone always….

  5. A beautiful writing, a beautiful tribute to Randy, a beautiful tribute to Debbie and the kids. What a wonderful place to be for transitioning from this world to the next! How pain-free and peace-filled Randy must be! My prayers are for Debbie, the children, and Randy’s extended family to be pain-free and peace-filled as well. May God grant them courage, strength, and all graces needed at this time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    ~Maureen (Moser) and your SRB Krewe

  6. Debbie,
    God will take care of him and your family. My heart goes out to the entire family. To Allen you and your kids and momma gros. I love all of you! Many Many good times in the past. My brother has stage 4 cancer, and just like ole parish guys do “we fight” whatever comes our way! Until God says let me take you from your suffering! Love all of yall Jeff

  7. Debbie… thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family during this time of mourning. I feel privileged to have known Randy, laughed w/ him, and even have a few beers w/ him on occasion. This world is less without him and is stronger in the next one with the addition of his tremendous soul. R.I.P, Randy Gros.

  8. Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. He was a wonderful person and I am lucky to have met him. All of us here in NM will keep you, the kids, and your whole family in our prayers. I know that Randy is in a better place, but he will be greatly missed by all who had the privillage of knowing him. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. All our love!

  9. The Gros family my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time, if you need anything let me know.

  10. To The Gros family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I grew up with Randy, he was friends with my brother, Rob. Randy was a sweet guy, who always had a smile on his face. Your family is in my prayers.

  11. I had the opportunity to meet Randy in the August of 2006, I had been visiting a mutual friend Eric Dupree and we all went riding together. Although I only met him one time for a couple of days I never forgot about him. He left a lasting impression with me. I would call Eric and always ask, Hows Randy? Tell him I said hello etc…. Unfortunately over summer I heard about his diagnosis and the tell Randy I said hello was replaced with “How is Randy doing, any changes?” Im glad that I got to meet Randy, and I will never forget him… My prayers are with you Debbie and the children….

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