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“I never knew or worked with Brother Randy personally, but as a sister railroader I mourn his loss. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Donch - New Rochelle, NY

“You will be remembered, JP Wright RWU ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: JP - union brother

“Fellow union brother Randy will be mourned and I would like to offer condolences on behalf of the Norfolk Southern workers. An injury to one is an...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Daniel Scudder - Canton, GA

“All SMART members are sorry to hear the loss of Brother Vayda. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, freinds and co-workers. ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: Craig Peachy - Fond du lac, WI

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family , friends and co-workers. God Bless. He is in a better place now. ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Shannon Moran - Cleveland, OH

“Randy was a pleasure to work with and a welcome part of our group. My heart goes out to you, Randy, family and friends. You are in my prayes. May...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Gruzinski - Brook Park, OH

“My sincere condolences for your loss. I worked with Randy during his training period. He was a great, great guy. I joked with Randy that he looked...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Thomas Dennstedt - Avon Lake, OH

“Randy, We will miss you so much. We will also never forget you. Love Always, The Bennati Family Sheldon, Tracey, Toni, Nicole & Austin ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Tracey - Turtle Creek, PA

“We are sadened by another loss of a brother of our Union family, your family and friends are in our prayers, the Hill family and members of BLET 758...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Robert Hill - Washougal, WA

“Sue and Family You are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. I am so sorry for your loss. Everyone...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: DEBI STANLEY - LORAIN, OH

“My condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Randy . I meet Randy last year when he came to work with us . He was a great person to be...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: chad sigley and family - parma, OH

“Even though Randy and I never met, I am the first cousin of his Sister-in-law Doreen. If any one of my family hurts I hurt, if any one of my family...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: William (Wayne) Jones & Carol J. Keith - OH

“I'm so sorry that should have read family and friends.. God bless Laurie ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Laurie kenny - Shoreline, WA

“We don't know each other we have never met but I have prayers that I will send to yourfrankly and friends .I too lost my soul mate on the tracks he...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Laurie kenny - Shoreline, WA

“Every rail realizes the danger, that is part of the job......this indeed could be any of us. My heart goes out to the family, with prayers. ...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: T. Toney - Vancouver, WA - rail

“My heart breaks for the family of our fellow worker and union brother Randolph. Please accept my condolences on behalf of the Pacific Northwest BNSF...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Jen Wallis, BLET Division 238 - WA

“I would like to offer my condolences to the friends, family and co-workers of a fellow railroader. All of us in the railroader community nationwide...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Ron Kaminkow - Reno, NV

“Sue, Brenda and families - My deepest condolences to you all - you are in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Janie Kimble - Elyria, OH

“randy was probably the most humble selfless people i could have known,always had a smile on his face,i always looked foward to working with randy....Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Jesse Corby - sheffield lake, OH

“Randy's laugh was contagious. He always had a smile, and a fun spirit. Much love to Randy's wife & family, my cousins, and Aunt Edith. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Amy (Wallace) Petkovich - Cousin

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21 of 27 | Posted by: l am sorry for your lost may he rest in peace - OH

“Sue and family, please acccept our condolences on your sudden loss of Randy. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jeff & Cindy...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Jeff Rimbey - Beaver Falls, PA

“Sue and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please let me or Mark know if there is anything we can do. God be with you. ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Lori Daley - Lorain, OH - friend

“I didn't know Randy but I would like to express my condolences to his family and friends for their loss. The untimely passing of a railroad brother...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Ed Michael - Salem, IL

“I was one of Randy"s co-workers and loved him dearly. He always had a smile on his face and could always make us laugh. I will miss him dearly. My...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Brett Berkihiser

“Nicole and family My sincere sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Pultz

“To Sue, Nikki and Justin - Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: The Pupo Family - Olive Branch, MS


Randolph A. "Randy" Vayda, age 50, a native and lifelong resident of Elyria, died suddenly on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Randy was born August 19, 1962 to Richard R. and Edith L. (nee Wallace) Vayda. He married Mary Sue (nee Bennati) Vayda on October 20, 1983 and she lovingly survives.
Also surviving Randy are his children, Nicole Rae Vayda of Elyria, Justin Allen Vayda of San Jose, CA and beloved pet sheltie, Bella; his mother, Edith Vayda of Wellington; sisters, Linda Denny of Wellington, Brenda (John) McGrew of Elyria, and Wendy Vayda of Georgia; brother, Richard (Doreen) Vayda II of LaGrange; nieces and nephews, Heather Denny Horne, Shane Denny, Richard Raymond Vayda III, Tonya Vayda, Tara Vayda, Sabrina Dezort Vayda and Ryan Vayda; and four great nieces and nephews.
His father preceded him in death.
A 1981 graduate of Elyria High School, Randy was employed as a conductor at Arcelor Mittal Steel in Cleveland. He was a member of Local 979 United Steelworkers. Multi-talented and handy, Randy enjoyed building things, especially woodworking, tinkering with cars, playing golf and nurturing his rose garden. He was also a fan of James Bond, Star Trek, The Andy Griffith Show and MASH. Randy was passionate about his family and will be remembered for his humble, selfless nature.
Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Elyria.
Memorials are suggested to the Lorain County Animal Protective League.

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