Brought up struggling through the Great Depression, Mr. Rand appreciated relationships over possessions, valued living frugally and saving, providing for the family and maintaining that British “stiff upper lip.” He was a natural musician on the harmonica, squeezebox and spoons. Family gatherings and campfires included many evenings listening to Mr. Rand play jazz, blues, boogies, pop and traditional tunes of the American Songbook. In retirement he entertained as both a solo act and in bands performing for senior centers and nursing homes. In 2010 he won the “Seniors Star” for Chartwell Homes, which he considered a highlight of his life. He was an optimist, a flirt, and a lover of puns.
Mr. Rand was of the generation able to work for one company for 42 years with Bell Canada. Able to retire at age 58, he and his wife Joanne travelled North America in their Westphalia camper. Mr. Rand made one trip to his mother’s homeland in England where he connected with aunts and cousins, relationships he cherished until Alzheimer’s took its toll. He was able, however, to play his harmonicas, entertain, and maintain his sense of humor and gratefulness for life right to the end.
Mr. Rand was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Joanne C. Woodard in 1999. As a child Mr. Rand experienced the death of his younger brother, Kenneth to rheumatic fever and as an adult his youngest brother Eric died at age 49. He was predeceased by his parents, Reginald Clive Rand, and Norah Daisy Wareham.
Besides Susan and her husband Ian Schrauf, of Dover, he is survived by three sons, Brian, of Oakville, Stephen and Sheila Ward, of Cornwall, and Alan, of Kitchener; his sister, Kathleen Rand Sheppard, of Mississauga; his cherished partner of 18 years, Enid Maize, of Aurora; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A family reunion, celebration of life, and burial are being planned for the summer.