On Tuesday night, July 11, 52-year old Randall Pineau of Sandy Hook died after the vessel he was operating on Lake Zoar was struck by another vessel, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Randy’s 20 year old son, Cory Pineau, has set up a gofundme page titled Randy Pineau's Memorial Fund on behalf of the family. More than 25K has been raised to date.
Randy, a Navy veteran, leaves wife Katherine Pineau, and sons Ryan, Conor, and Cory.
“With the sudden loss of Randy, we are all still in shock. This fund is going directly to Katherine to help pay funeral costs and other financial challenges that she and our family may still face. Any amount helps and is much appreciated,” Cory says.
The gofundme page reads:
After Randy's days in the Navy, he moved back to his home state of Connecticut where he later married Katherine and they started a family together, having three beautiful sons. They were very proactive in raising their children. Randy shared his passion of computers, photography, cars, and countless other hobbies with the boys, keeping them very involved in extra-curricular activities like baseball, karate, cub scouts, and boy scouts.
Randy was truly one of a kind. Those who knew him had their hearts touched by him in so many ways, he was selfless and lived to create happiness for everyone he knew and loved. He championed Katherine's dream of owning a deli, and could often be found brewing coffee or making hundreds of egg sandwiches on busy Saturday mornings at Katherine's Kitchen. He inspired Ryan to take on the hobby of photography and supported Ryan in learning to play bass guitar. Randy was Cub Master of Cub Scout Pack 570 and can be credited for encouraging Connor to pursue his Eagle Scout, which Connor did in 2011. Cory has followed Randy's passion for computers and with Randy's guidance, Cory is entering his senior year at WCSU majoring in Computer Science. Randy lived in the moment and always took the good from the bad- spreading positivity and smiles everywhere he went. He never met a stranger, everyone that he met was an opportunity for friendship.
The Viewing will take place this Friday, July 21 from 4 - 7 PM at Honan Funeral Home (58 Main Street, Newtown).
Interment will take place on Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 am with escort by Weston Police Department from the funeral home to Zoar Cemetary in Sandy Hook.
Click here to learn more and to donate.
*Image courtesy Randy Pineau's Memorial Fund gofundme