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JOSEF RANDA  Obituary pic


Born: Jan 10, 1933

Date of Passing: Jul 06, 2005

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JOSEF RANDA After a long struggle with cancer, Josef Randa passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2005. His memory will live on with his wife of 53 years, Dada; his children, Bill and Eli; daughter-in-law Lucy and son-in-law Irek; grandchildren, Stefan, Kristine and Tomas; sister Ann in the Czech Republic. Dad was predeceased by his father Joseph, mother Bozena and his sister Jana. Dad was born January 10, 1933 in Prague (Czech Republic). He studied at the Ceramic School of Prague from 1952 and apprenticed thereafter. He worked for the National Artist Group where he was a sculptor and a restorer. The family immigrated to Canada in the fall of 1968. After a difficult start in a new country, dad begun to work full time as a sculptor in the mid 70s. His artistic talent, his experience and knowledge of various mediums allowed him to create works in bronze, plaster, glass and fibreglass. Dad was a complete artist who not only could create beautiful works of art but also did his own formwork, casting and reproductions. His many works are scattered around the world and are too diverse and numerous to list. In Winnipeg the most prominent sculptures can be seen at the Aquatic Hall of Fame, the Pan-Am Pool, Royal Winnipeg Ballet Building, numerous Winnipeg churches, and Citizens Hall of Fame located at the Assiniboine Park. His other works are kept in numerous private collections. Dad loved all forms of art, he was proud of his heritage, he loved his city of Prague, he participated within the local Czech and Slovak community, and he was a husband, father and a grandfather. We will miss you. The Randa family would like all Josef's friends to join them and celebrate his life on Tuesday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. Reception will follow at the Canadian Czechoslovak Benevolent Association building at 154 McKenzie St. Our family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. A. Pacin, Dr. Maxwell and the caring staff at Victoria Hospital. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations may be made in Josef's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 09, 2005

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