Former Komets goaltender Gerry Randall died this morning at age 70 after a bout with leukemia.
A native of Gatchell, Ontario, Randall came to Fort Wayne in 1965 from Muskegon and he led all International Hockey League goaltenders with a 3.48 goals against average. The next season he finished second in the league with a 3.26 goals against average and led the Komets to the 1967 Turner Cup Finals.
The next year, he spit time in nets with Robbie Irons, and completed his stay in Fort Wayne in 1969 when he was traded to Columbus.
``He was alway a good guy and a lot of fun,'' Irons said. ``He enjoyed the game.
He enjoyed life and always laughed.''
Randall was the last Komets goaltender to play without a mask.
``He was a perfect gentleman,'' long-time Komets Owner and coach Ken Ullyot said. ``I liked him very much. He was so happy in Fort Wayne where he had a good job and found the love of his life. He was always a good man for the Komets.''
Randall and his wife Janice were married for 46 years. and have a son David, the boys basketball coach at Woodlan, and a daughter Stacie. There are three grandchildren. After retiring from hockey, Randall worked for SuperValu for 33 years as a grocery merchandiser until he retired in 2002.
``We were very close,'' former Komet Reggie Primeau said. ``Gerry was like a brother to me. He was an honest and sincere person. His wife, kids and grandchildren were his life and he was extremely proud of them all.''
Randall has struggled with his health for many years, going through five bouts with cancer.
``He was a fighter his whole life,'' David Randall said. ``He left the world on his terms and lived life on his terms.''
Services are pending at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside.