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Born: Jul 31, 1950

Date of Passing: Jun 08, 2018

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RANDOLPH B. MCNICOL, Q.C. July 31, 1950 - June 8, 2018 It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Randy McNicol after a tragic and accidental fall. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 43 years, Catherine, his children, Curran (Erin), Scott (Nikki), Shannon (Chris Ateah) and Colin. Randy is also survived by his brother David (Cynthia), aunt Gloria Busch (Ken) and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was adored by his five grandchildren, Isla, Declan, Cohen, Quinn and Lily. Randy will be markedly missed by his family, many great friends and colleagues. He was a loving husband, father, papa and mentor. Randy touched the lives of those who were fortunate enough to come into contact with him. Randy was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended St. Paul's High School and ultimately the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. Randy had a distinguished 30-year career at Fillmore Riley as a lawyer before retiring in 2003 after suffering a stroke. During his career, Randy was known as a force in all aspects of advocacy. He was a litigator with tremendous work ethic and unquestionable ethical standards. Randy was involved in many significant cases during his career, including several public inquiries that impacted the legal landscape in Manitoba. Randy served as a Bencher of The Law Society of Manitoba and in 1990 was appointed a Queen's Counsel. Randy loved his job and had a true passion for the law and helping others. In addition to his professional activities, Randy also gave his time to Marymound School, Legal Aid Manitoba, St. Paul's High School and acted as the Honorary Solicitor of the St. Andrews Society of Winnipeg. Although his stroke robbed him of his illustrious career, Randy showed courage and fortitude in dealing with adversity. Randy was proud of his Scottish heritage and of the time he spent piping in The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada Pipe Band. Randy had a tremendous passion for the outdoors and, in particular, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed the genuine camaraderie developed on hunting and fishing excursions with friends and family to Delta Marsh, La Rivière, Sparrowhawk Lake, Shoal Lake, Winnipeg River, Nejalini Lake and Lake of the Woods. Most of all, Randy loved his family unconditionally. He was a devoted and kind husband and a supportive and giving father. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren and served as an exceptional role model. Randy enjoyed countless trips with his family to Longboat Key, Florida, his favourite place. Randy was also fun and enjoyed humour, even if at his own expense. He was loyal, generous and made all those around him better in every way. A celebration of Randy's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at The Gates on Roblin, 6945 Roblin Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Randy's memory to the Randolph B. McNicol, Q.C. Memorial Scholarship at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, which can be found online at THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to
Publish Date: Jun 16, 2018

RANDOLPH B. MCNICOL, Q.C. July 31, 1950 - June 8, 2018 It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Randy McNicol, at the age of 67 years. Memorial service arrangements are pending. A longer obituary will follow.
Publish Date: Jun 12, 2018

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2018, Jun 16, 2018

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I always remember Randy as my oldest cousin. I will never forget when he gave me my first Jack knife. I still have that knife. I will miss him and send all of his family members lots of love through these very tough times. Jimmy & Cathy Busch - Posted by: Jim Busch (Cousin) on: Jun 16, 2018

  • Randy was much admired by my beloved late Father, Joseph Locke (Rentals man)..our deepest sympathies to all whom cherished and admired a very fine person. - Posted by: pat fraser (public) on: Jun 16, 2018

  • Cathy and family, so sorry for your loss. Judith and I have many fond memories of the time shared with you all during your visits to Rob and Mardi MacNeils at Lac du Bonnet. I will remember Randy for his sense of humour and drive to get on with the task at hand. By example he showed us how precious life is. - Posted by: Hart Brown and Judith Harper (Family friends) on: Jun 16, 2018

  • From our first meeting doing title searches in summer before law school, and through the candy store on Academy, Randy showed the character and integrity that foretold the impact he would make as counsel. And formidable counsel he was. May his family find some comfort in knowing the respect and admiration held for and paid to Randy by his colleagues for so long will continue. Gordon Marshall Vancouver - Posted by: Gordon Marshall (friend and colleague) on: Jun 16, 2018

  • I had the honour and privilege of working for Randy for 15 years as his personal assistant and paralegal. I saw first hand the greatness of his mind and legal acumen. He was a compassionate and skillful advocate and a fierce, but respectful, adversary. I am beyond grateful to have reconnected with Randy and Cathy very recently. Randy was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. With love and sincere condolences to the entire McNicol family, Elaine Gross. - Posted by: Elaine Gross (Former Assistant/Paralegal) on: Jun 16, 2018

  • I was 12 years old when my nephew was born. I had many happy years watching him grow into the very special person he was. From the time he was little he said he wanted to be a lawyer. I think he did that profession proud! With much love Cody - Posted by: Gloria Busch (Aunt) on: Jun 16, 2018

  • We are so sorry and sad to hear about Randy's passing. We will always have our memories of those times at the trailer in Lariviere. Hug to the families. He will always be in the thoughts and hearts of family and friends. - Posted by: Bernadette & Barry Funk (Friends ) on: Jun 15, 2018

  • I have always had the greatest respect for Randy who always exhibited exceptional competence and incredible professionalism. Proud to say he was a friend and I greatly admired him. - Posted by: Bruce Mellon (Met in court on numerous occassions during my duties as a Crown Attorney) on: Jun 15, 2018

  • So sorry to hear of Randy's passing. Although not recent, our memories of him are happy ones. We will remember him with the utmost respect as cheerful, friendly and caring. Kathy and family, our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. Sincerely Stan & Sharon Orr - Posted by: Stan and Sharon Orr (Friends) on: Jun 14, 2018

  • I have some great memories from my childhood involving Randy, and I remember him being very funny and extremely generous, but more importantly a doting husband and wonderful Father. Keep the memories close to your heart. Sending love and prayers. - Posted by: Catherine Leiendecker (Dyck) (Family Friend) on: Jun 13, 2018

  • Very sorry for the loss to the entire family. Randy was a legend - in the court room, on the hunt, in a boat, or at the dinner table. It was a privilege to have worked for him, to have called him a mentor and more importantly, a friend. A strong family man and generous to the core. The Ryall family will always count him as one of the all time greats. Condolences from Dan, Mike, Judy, and Val Ryall. - Posted by: Dan Ryall (Family friend) on: Jun 12, 2018

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