ForeverMissed

Psalm 91  
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Randall 'Randy' Aquino, 69 years old, born on February 28, 1951, he went to be with the Lord on  January 29, 2021. 

Randy is cherished as a family man,  always surrounded by an abundance of love and a lifelong title as the favorite. 
Randy is survived by four adult children. His first born Sean and Jona from his marriage to Gayle into his early 30's. Chaz and Tia from his marriage to Michelle, into his mid 50's. He is also  survived by his daughter-in-law Jahnelle, his son-in-law Bezalel and Octavio Jr.

Randy  is survived by beautiful grandchildren that love and adore him. They are listed eldest to youngest: Alana, first born grandson Noa, Kalea , Alexis, Sean, Seanie, Seth, Ty,  Naomi, Kaelen , Elyanah, Nolan and great grand daughter Leila. He also considered  Omar , Nena  & Jayden an extension of his family.
He also is survived by his first cousin Pep, who is like another brother. His nieces, nephews and  their families as well as long-long family friends including Ruthie and Octavio . 
Randy has gone to be with his Parents Gregorio & Cristine Aquino. His three older brothers George, Errol and Tyrone as well as his sister Jenny Okumura. We felt it significant to mention that his brother Tyrone passed just three days before him. Randy was the last Aquino of his generation and now his sons and nephews carry on the name with honor . 

Randy was a native of Hawaii. He considered Hawaii to be his home, and he brought that  Hawaiian way of life with him wherever he went. That "aloha spirit" is deeply rooted in his character and in the way he treated others. It is said that home is not a place, but that it is a person. We found our home within his heart, and no matter where he was, we were there with him. That kind of love never leaves you. 
Randy was a very musical man, he played the harmonica and congas,  as well being the karaoke star of the family.  He could play the Tahitian drums and fire dance. Randy enjoyed  his Hawaiian music , Motown, Jazz, Salsa and Oldies to name a few. Randy is full of soul and leaves us with so much music in our hearts.
He was an avid reader who loved mystery books.  He is also a man of faith , who read many Christian books including the Bible. Randy was retired, his pass time was reading, watching movies, playing chess with his grandson Kaelen, hanging with his brother Ty , making his rounds with his kids and being a full time, "cool" grandpa. 
Randy had many different seasons. One of the most beautiful things about him is that no matter what he was going through, he never complained or spoke negative about anyone. He remained gentle in spirit , forgiving in his heart and kind to everyone. His character spoke deeply to us and richly blesses our lives. 
Please  go over to the life events tab above and enjoy more about his history and accomplishments. We however want to emphasize, that his legacy of  "aloha"  is  the treasure that will eternally impact the lives he touched and lives of the generation of children that follow him. 
We will be holding a Sunset Celebration of Life , on May 1st @ 6:30 Hawaiian Time 
  The link to live stream Randy's service can be found here;

We chose May 1st  , because of its significance , it is Lei Day in Hawaii . It is a special day to celebrate the spirit of aloha, which  is our dads greatest legacy.  A lei is a gift of  aloha . In lieu of flowers ,  we ask that you would consider adopting the tradition of sending a lei to someone you care about in Randy's remembrance.   
We invite you to contribute pictures,  stories , videos  or kind words of Randy and how he has touched your life . This website is a living legacy so come back and visit  . 
 We thank you with all of our hearts for sharing in this time with us . Thank you for the abundance  of love and support  .  We bless you and we thank you dearly . 
Much Mahalo 
Posted by Jona Aquino on June 2, 2021
miss you everyday day dad.. we all do ! we do not take for granted how blessed we are that you are our dad! we live our lives with you in our hearts and bring the best of you with us on this journey ! love you pops !
Posted by Ruthie Gonzalez on May 5, 2021
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Randy, as this is hard to put down in words how much you are missed just seeing all the broken hearts, especially OJ Tía and the boys the emptiness in the home takes a piece of all our hearts. We are keeping you alive as we remember all the great times we had together. I feel your presence as you watch over your family and continue to show signs of your love ❤️ I remember how we would reminisce of those Dolores Park days and who knows you may have known my sisters from Mission High School those conga days as all the groups played b4 becoming famous, Santana Malo Tierra etc... we are so ever so grateful that our kids met and became one family. You have a beautiful family your kids and grandkids who will always keep your love in their hearts forever. We will keep your memories alive and one day be together again, God Bless you Randy thank you for your friendship love and wonderful times we had. 
Posted by Tia Aquino on May 2, 2021
I miss you everyday Dad.
My heart and soul are aching.
I hope your dancing, playing music, cracking jokes in heaven. We miss your presence in our home and in our life’s. RIP our beloved Dad, Grandpie, Friend, Family member.
Posted by Jona Aquino on March 1, 2021
Pops, thank you giving us all that you have , from your heart! You left a legacy with each of us , the gift of who you are.. gentle, kind, generous, understanding, patient , forgiving, gracious ,wise and oh so funny! We hear your laughter still, we hear your sweet voice greeting us , we hear your gentle but wise advice.. we hear you singing , in our hearts... We are thanking God Almighty , that He chose you to be our dad . We are eternally grateful for the heart that you have and for the aloha you shared with us, it will last a lifetime.. until we meet again.. Aloha oe

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Posted by Jona Aquino on June 2, 2021
miss you everyday day dad.. we all do ! we do not take for granted how blessed we are that you are our dad! we live our lives with you in our hearts and bring the best of you with us on this journey ! love you pops !
Posted by Ruthie Gonzalez on May 5, 2021
https://music.apple.com/us/album/europa-earths-cry-heavens-smile/265816081?i=265816838

Randy, as this is hard to put down in words how much you are missed just seeing all the broken hearts, especially OJ Tía and the boys the emptiness in the home takes a piece of all our hearts. We are keeping you alive as we remember all the great times we had together. I feel your presence as you watch over your family and continue to show signs of your love ❤️ I remember how we would reminisce of those Dolores Park days and who knows you may have known my sisters from Mission High School those conga days as all the groups played b4 becoming famous, Santana Malo Tierra etc... we are so ever so grateful that our kids met and became one family. You have a beautiful family your kids and grandkids who will always keep your love in their hearts forever. We will keep your memories alive and one day be together again, God Bless you Randy thank you for your friendship love and wonderful times we had. 
Posted by Tia Aquino on May 2, 2021
I miss you everyday Dad.
My heart and soul are aching.
I hope your dancing, playing music, cracking jokes in heaven. We miss your presence in our home and in our life’s. RIP our beloved Dad, Grandpie, Friend, Family member.
his Life

Early years

Graduate of Kailua High School  Class of 69
Randy left his homeland of Hawaii with his brothers and his mother when he was in middle school.  He spent his primary years  in the Mission District of San Francisco with his older brothers showing him the ropes . Randy went back to Hawaii with his mother Christine  to live with his dad . After meeting Gayle and the Chamblee family,  he transferred from Roosevelt  to  Kailua high school.   He spent a lot of time in Kaneohe . Randy worked at Zippy's Restaurant for almost 3 years and this would  be the beginning of his love for cooking and dream to one day own a restaurant. 

Moving to the Mainland

Spending most of his childhood years in Hawaii , the way of life would prove to never leave him .  After graduating, Randy decided to move  back to the mainland. He was about 19 years old,  it was than that he would start a family with Gayle ... they had Sean than Jona .  They lived in San Francisco close to the Presidio .  He would later buy a house in Pittsburgh and spent many years in Union city as well.  He worked  for Pacific Bell during the week and on the weekend  he would be performing for the Polynesian dance company “ Pomaikai” , that he and Gayle had started in 1972 .  The Halau was recognized within the Hula community and given the blessing to teach. It was a very fun time and they made life long friendships. He was a talented fire dancer and played the Tahitian drums. Randy would take his young kids to the Presidio area ,  Fort Mason,  Fishermans Wharf and PIer 39 . He would take them to play the congas at  Crissy Fields Beach , to visit family and spent a lot of time making unforgettable memories .

A new chapter

Randy had  begun a new season of his life when he met Michelle aka Mickey. They had Chaz and Tia came a few years later.  They built a good life together , resided in San Leandro and later would end up  buying a home close to the Oakland border .  At this time , Randy had been an independent contractor as a cable splicer for. many years . He worked very hard , acquired his own lift truck and business was good.  Randy was able to move his family to Brentwood,  California to buy a beautiful brand new home.  He took such pride in his yard, pool and hosting family events , always with a backdrop of good music and the smell of tasty food.  Randy was working underground in Santa Cruz when  a relatively large earthquake hit . The top of a 250 lb man hole came crashing down on his head. The nerves in his neck were  injured  . He  would be forced to retire from splicing at this time and a new journey would be ahead .
Recent stories

Remembering Randy

Shared by Kelly Macdonald on May 3, 2021
I have a couple of stories.  The very first time I met Randy was in 1970 when I was 13 and visiting my grandmother with my mom in Waikiki. My brother met us there for R&R from Vietnam.  My brother had rented a car so we could drive around the island and visit relatives.  One night my brother went out with some friends who came to Hawaii with him and when he returned back early to my grandmothers condo there was a car parked in my grandmothers parking spot.  He found a place to park a few blocks away and came and told my mom and grandmother there was a car in her spot.  My mom and I went down to the garage and my mom wrote down the license plate number and make of the car.  My mom went to my grandmother and asked if she knew who's car this might be.  My grandmother had no clue, so my mom called the condo management and told them about the car.  The car was towed and a few hours later we had a knock at our door.  It was Randy and Gayle they had gone to the movies and used my grandmothers parking spot since Gayle was her great niece and had permission to use it whenever in town.  Since I was 13 I don't remember how he got his car back.  Gayle would have to finish that part of my memory.  I do know my grandmother felt bad because she always let Randy and Gayle park there when they came into town and she forgot who might of parked in her spot.
The next time I encountered Randy was when I was 22 or 23 and we were visiting from Reno, Nevada to Union City on vacation.  Gayle and I would usually go out at night into the city but this one night Gayle already had plans so she asked Randy to take me into San Francisco to see some of the clubs. Coming from Reno I was into country music at that time but I was game to see what the clubs had to offer in San Fran.  So Randy took me to a couple of punk rock clubs, I think.  I was totally out of my comfort zone but I stayed close to him since I wanted to make sure I got out of there alive.  LOL   I remember my mom totally freaked out which was normal for her that I went into the city with Randy, Gayle's husband and I was single at the time.  Randy was a perfect gentleman and kept me safe.  He opened my eyes to another world of music which I have never seen before.  Especially coming from Reno.  RIP Randy you will be missed by your family and friends, but knowing we will all meet up again someday should bring peace to the soul. Until we meet again, Aloha! 

Grandma Christine

Shared by Jona Aquino on April 16, 2021
Going to see grandma was always eventful. Dad always took us to see her . He would bring her mangos, papaya and guava. She loved her sweets.  She was blind ,so she would feel our faces and talk non stop. He would just sit patiently, listen to her and laugh. She was always so happy to,  in her broken english, ( Portuguese and Pidgeon mixed) to let us know all about what is going on at the convalescent home ... than zhe would sing Hawaiian songs to us. He was  faithful in visiting her . Dad was a good son who honored his mom.