Randolph Boyd Kettle

August 12, 1955 to February 9, 2023


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With broken hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Randy Kettle, age 67, surrounded by the love of his family on February 9th at the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre Palliative Care Unit.

Predeceased by his father Nathan James Kettle (2011) and mother-in-law Esther Margret Crocker (2022).

Left with beautiful memories; his loving wife and best friend Karen (Crocker); his two beloved children Matthew (Bretta), Sarah (Brandon); and precious baby granddaughter Cassy.

Also leaving to mourn; his devoted mother Patricia Kettle and brothers Calvin, Blair (Marjorie), Bob and Michael; the Crocker family – Sylvester & Moya, Debbie Jacobs, Gary & Vicki, Brenda (Ted – deceased), Daphne (John – deceased), as well as nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Randy,  “Mr. Kettle”, was a dedicated and well respected long time teacher at Bishop’s College. As an educator with great compassion and understanding he thrived on building relationships with all of his students and was committed to their success. He enjoyed nature and all it has to offer, and loved animals – big and small. Randy was an avid, skilled outdoorsman who cherished time spent salmon fishing, trouting, moose hunting and berry picking. He was our gardener, builder, family photographer, documentarian (of the annual moose hunt) and exquisite gourmet chef.

He will be dearly missed.

A special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ahmad, Dr. Greenland and Dr. Mann at the Health Science Centre Cancer Clinic.

The family would like to extend their gratitude for the exceptional care and kindness Randy received from the compassionate Palliative Care team at the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre.

Cremation has taken place.

Relatives and friends may visit the family at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Saturday, February 11th, 2023 from 12-4 pm and 7-9 pm.
Funeral service will take place at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Sunday, February 12th, at 11 am. Interment to follow at a later date.

Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations in memory of Randy may be made to the Ronald MacDonald House or The Gathering Place.


A limb has fallen from the family tree

that says grieve not for me.

Remember the best times, the laughter, the song,

the good life I lived when I was strong.



12-4pm on February 11, 2023

7-9 p.m. on February 11, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Sunday February 12th

Carnell’s Funeral Home
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“Et tu, Brute?”

The words I cling to as you so passionately spoke them to me. I am graced to have experienced this life in your presence.

“…His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world ‘This was a man!”

To Karen and Family. So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I pray that you will find strength in the coming days ahead. Will pray for the family.

Karen I am so sorry to just read now of Randy’s passing. I hope that, over time, many happy memories will help to fill that empty void. Thinking of you.

Oh my gosh. I am only now seeing this. Mr. Kettle was one of my favourite teachers throughout all of highschool. I had him for English in Grade 11. I missed an assignment we were supposed to do on any topic of our choosing. When I got him again in Writing in Grade 12 (which I chose as a “fun” elective”) I handed it in for another assignment! He was the best. The most supportive. So sorry to hear of his passing.

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Kettle’s passing. He was a wonderful teacher and I was fortunate enough to have him during my time at Bishops College. My grandfather (Gilbert Pike) often spoke of his father, whom he was friends with and how wonderful a family they are. My deepest condolences to the family.

Karen, Matthew and Sarah
My deepest condolences on the passing of Randy. Have many good memories of our time working together.
Garland Jennings

I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Kettle’s passing. He was a wonderful teacher who could keep his students engaged. He was a kind soul and I’m glad I had the opportunity to learn from him. He’s personal story is both remarkable and unsurprising, in that, he seemed to be a man of countless talents. God bless him and kindest condolences to his family.

I had the privilege of teaching with Randy at Bishops College. He was a beloved teacher and the most kind and caring man. My deepest condolences to his family at this difficult time.

Karen and family, so sorry to hear of Randy & your dad’s passing , thinking of you all .Randy was a wonderful man. Hugs take care.

Sincerest condolences
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Harry Balsom

I’m heartbroken to hear about the passing of Mr. Kettle. To say he had an impact on my life, in high school and beyond, would be an understatement. He put the belief in me that I could pursue anything, as long as I had a spark of passion, and then I did. He wasn’t just a great English teacher, he was an outstanding person. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

“Oh Captain! My Captain”

Mr. Kettle is the sole REASON I had belief in myself in high school or in life in general . to peruse a career in a industry like music or RAP was a “foolish “ or “stupid” thing to do but me kettle helped me get through English and saw my love for words and life more so then anyone I’ve ever met to date . This man even went as far as to buy me a cd press kit when I was in grade 11 so I could press my very first album and he even taught me how to use the program to do it ! Mr kettle , randolf kettle as I would call him , you where the best teacher and one of the best human beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing . He loved our class so much he was supposed to retire when we where in grade 11 , he told us he was choosing one more year of teaching so he could retire with our graduating class . Heart broken . Will always love you like family mr kettle . Until we meet again. Deepest condolences to his family , in which he adored more then life itself .

Karen, Matthew & Sarah and family,
We are saddened by the news of Uncle Randy’s passing and so very sorry for your loss. It’s heartbreaking to lose a loved one, but we hope you can take comfort in the all the memories you shared together as a family. I’ll never forget Uncle Randy’s kindness; from jars of his homemade bakeapple jam to sharing his culinary creations, or simply giving us digital copies of childhood photos that he took over the years. We have him to thank for capturing so many memories and documenting our lives through photos & videos. He will be missed dearly. We are thinking of you & sending a big hug your way.
-Alison Crocker & Jeremy Andoff

Our deepest sympathies Karen, we were so sad to hear 0f Randy’s passing, please know that you and your family are being held close in our thoughts and hearts.

My sincere condolences to Karen, the Kettle and Crocker families.
Randy and I had some great chats about what was happening in the news anytime I was at the Crocker cabin. He taught Roslyn at Bishops and was one of her favourite teachers. He was a great teacher and kind, compassionate man.
I’m saddened to learn of his passing, way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Karen I am so deeply sorry to hear of your husbands’ passing. I remember how you always had a glow about you when you spoke of him. Treasure your memories.

Karen, Sarah, Matthew and family, please accept our sincere condolences during this very difficult time. May your many happy memories bring you peace and comfort. Our thoughts are with you.
Sincerely, Bill and Elsie

To Randy’s family:
I am saddened to learn of Randy’s too soon passing—a sadness tempered by Bishops College memories that bring a smile. May your own precious memories bring smiles through your tears.
Lloyd Gill

To Karen and family, I am so sorry to hear news of your loss. I know you have many good memories of Randy to give you comfort and strength. You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.

Aunt Karen i am sorry sorry for you and your family’s loss.I always thought Uncle Randy was a kind gentle man with a living soul.My thoughts n prayers are with you all

So sorry to hear about Randy’s passing. Like many others, I’m thinking of you throughout these recent days and offering sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Ellen Earles Alcock

Karen & Family I am so very sorry to hear of Randy’s
passing.. Please accept our sincere condolences. Thinking of you at this very sad time of your life.. Treasure all your happy and special memories.. They are yours to keep forever.. Take Care Karen.
RIP Randy
Dianne & Brian Kennedy.

Karen, family and friends, my sincerest condolences. I met Randy during my time a Bishops and his passing has left a void in a lot of hearts. I found him to be a gentleman and enjoyed our times together. My prayers are with you all.

Karen, Matthew, Sarah and the Kettle family, so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. My deepest condolences to you all. I had the privilege of working with Randy for many years at Bishops College and learned very quickly what a well respected and well liked teacher he was. Randy was also a great mentor to me, not only as a teacher, but as an outdoorsman and moose hunter. He was only too happy to give advice and was equally eager to hear of my hunting misadventures. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, God bless.

Karen, So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

Karen and family, So very sorry to read of Randy’s passing. Deepest condolences, may he rest in peace and may you find comfort in your memories.

My deepest condolences to you all.

Karen, my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time!

Karen and family. So very sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. May he rest in peace.

Karen and family , so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing . I hope your memories and the comfort from family and friends makes this time a little brighter . You’re in my thoughts . Bride Norman .

So very sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. He was a great teacher and a wonderful colleague. Deepest condolences to his family.

Dear Karen – I was shocked to read of ur dear Randy’s passing way too soon. I can remember when u were first dating and being at ur wedding. Where did the time go. Wishing u and ur family strength at this very difficult time💐💐💐💐💐

Karen and family I offer my sincere and deepest sympathy on your loss! Thinking of you all during this difficult time. May God bless!

I am so sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. May you find comfort in your memories

Our sincere condolences to your family..💔 thinking of you and keeping you all in our prayers.. Karen, Sarah, Matthew and Pat hold tight to the beautiful memories he gave you ! All our love
Peter and Dale Kettle

To the Kettle Family,
Sorry to her of Randy’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. We have fond memories of living in Port Aux Basques and spending time with Pat and Nate’s lovely family. Over the years we have been close friends with his Mom, our dear Pat, and she kept us informed about Randy. We know today she is heart broken. Lots of love and hugs , Pat!
You all have wonderful memories of Randy. Cherish them and each other as your journey through the days ahead. God bless you all!
Calvin and Belle Butt & family

Mr. Kettle was my English teacher. He was one of a kind. I could ask him to define any word in the dictionary and without hesitation he’d recite it word for word (I would have the dictionary open just testing him, he never took offence). He always sighed at me but I knew it was his form of kindness. It’s hard to explain. He had so much kindness in him and cared deeply about all his student. Rest In Peace Mr Kettle. Ol always remember my high school years with you. My deepest condolences to the family.

Karen and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences. You are in my prayers.

I was saddened to read about Randy’s passing. I so enjoyed many conversations with him over the years. Take care Matthew, Sarah and Karen- you are in my thoughts, Ms Cathy

So sad you were an amazing teacher sir and an even better confidant , you always knew what to say and you were always there to give great advice thank you for that and may you Rest In Peace condolences to the kettle family

Seems hard to believe how the passage of time often brings such change to our lives and how brief a lifetime can be in the overall context of time. As a little boy of 10 or 11 years of age I considered my father of 50 years years of age as a somewhat old man…….He passed at away at 68 and now I guess I am somewhat of an old man at 63. As a teaching colleague of Randy’s for over 20 years, I shared numerous chats with Randy and spent much time in his company……enough to feel the right to relay my true impression of him. And, so I say I observed him to be a person who held great compassion for his fellow human beings. He was a stately man who carried himself well and a person who was a sound and stable thinker whose views and advice were well respected. But, he had another side to him which reflected a sense of humour which made him comfortable to be around. And as an educator, he was always understanding of the new technologies and always available to explain it to others who often found them hard to grasp (e.g. myself). One final observation I feel compelled to make is that I sensed in him from early on that he was “family man”. His wife and kids were the sustenance of his life…….So to his family stay strong like him and take comfort in knowing Randy lived a happy life and now is in God’s hands until you will surely meet again.

So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. He was a great friend and colleague when we both taught at Bishops College. We had many a good chuckle. A great teacher with his students’ education being his biggest concern. He let his mark on his profession. Condolences to family and friends.

Deepest condolences to Karen and family. A good man gone to early.

I had the pleasure of having Mr. Kettle as a teacher as well as getting to know him as a distant relative at Bishops from 2006-2009. His ability to connect with students from all walks of life was truly special. He took interest in students’ lives, always showing a genuine interest in their success. He respected his students and they truly respected him back.

So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great man and will be missed by many. Sending my condolences as you are going through this difficult time.

Pat , Karen and family- my sincerest condolences on Randy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time. May your memories of him and a life well lived bring you comfort and peace.

Evelyn Devereaux ( Hennessy)

Sarah, thinking of you and your Family at this deeply sad time. In reading the tributes, I can see that your Dad was so very admired, loved and respected by his Bishops family and by his own family and friends. Take care of eachother.

Sending along sincerest condolences to Karen and family, may you find comfort in the memories you shared.

My sincere condolences to Mr. Kettle’s family, he certainly was one of the best.

To, Karen and family, Aunt Pat (his Mom), brothers Calvin, Blair, Bob and Michael

Thinking of you all at this Most difficult time. Hold onto the precious memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Edna and Gus

So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing.. He was a good friend and colleague at Bishops College. May. your memories carry you through the difficult times.
My condolences,
Daphne Butler

Randy was a wonderful brother, and a great man. His presence in my early life filled me with a sense of belonging, a sense of the natural world, and a sense of pride.

Throughout his youth and young adulthood he was an adventurer and an individualist. I wasn’t privy to all of his adventures but his life enriched my world beyond words. He enriched the lives of my entire family and those who knew him.

When I began at MUN he was still there, and he kept me within his world. That’s when I met Karen, (the girl to whom he would devote the rest of his life) and her fabulous family. They all adored him, and he them. I was included in that, his greatest, adventure.

He was my brother and he made that real. He was proud of me, and I of him. I’ve felt that all of my life. I’ve lost a big part of me with his passing. My wife Marjorie Nzefili loved him too. Randy and his family and the full Crocker clan embraced her. She loved “mommy Esther” and “father Ted” and they her. Randy made that happen. And Marjorie weeps with me. She understands the magnitude of what has happened.

But Randy has left me and my mother and brothers and their families with something (the only thing,) that can help fill the giant hole in our hearts and our lives–his own family. Karen, Matthew, Sarah, Bretta and Cassy.

They all had their own experiences with him, just as I did, but their love for him, my love for him, their memories and my memories will keep his memory alive. I love them all dearly. Together we will treasure and honour him. We will carry on together, each holding a piece of him.

Rest well brother. I love you.

Karen and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mom and Dad always spoke so highly of Randy and truly enjoyed time spent at your home. You and all of the family are in my prayers.

Karen, Sarah & Matthew and families. Wishing you strength and beautiful memories as you walk through the days ahead. I remember all of the stories from Mom on the amazing food Randy made for “wild night” and when she went for Flippers & cards. Randy was clearly the pillar of an amazing family. My most sincere condolences to you all.

Karen and family, I am sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Randy Kettle was the first person we spoke with when we moved onto our street in 1989. We had just moved in across the street and we needed to use a telephone and Randy willingly obliged. We then realized we knew each other as colleagues in teaching; indeed, his father Nathan had hired me for my first teaching position in Port-aux-Basques in 1973! And what perfect neighbours the Kettles turned out to be since that first 1989 meeting. Always respectful of a neighbour’s privacy yet always ready with a helping hand, a bit of news or a friendly wave.
Randy and Karen kept an impeccable home and garden…so much so I would tease them on setting too high a standard for us neighbours to keep up. It was fun to watch Matthew and Sarah grow up on our street, play with their friends, fill their trick-or-treat bags on Halloween, and then watch them return on occasion later from their new lives elsewhere. We found Randy a great source of information and help as we fumbled our way through home maintenance or lawn care. Always keeping a casual but careful eye on our house when we travelled. Or just a quick inquiry into each others well-being. And how many times did he chug across the street with his snow blower to relieve our sore backs from all that snow clearing, accepting just a wave for gratitude! Quite a few of our neighbours have arrived and then left over the years, but the Kettles remained an important part of our life on the street for over 30 years.
To Karen, Matthew, Sarah, and Mrs. Kettle (Randy’s mom), and all your families, please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. We hope that it gives you some comfort and peace to know that he did life the way it was meant to be done. He was a good man.

Your neighbours,

Fred and Colleen Wood

Very sad to hear of the passing of a longtime teaching colleague at Bishops College. Randy was held in very high regard by all fellow teachers and students. A very quiet, gentle and caring, man, he dearly loved his profession and contributed in so many ways to the life af Bishops College. I offer my sincere condolences to his family..

I was lucky enough to Call Mr Kettle my English teacher at bishops 96-99. He was strict and had high expectations but was also well liked and funny. It was quite obvious that he loved his job.
Thinking of his family – so sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind. Rest peacefully Mr Kettle – go have a yarn with Mr Beauchamp.

Dear karen. How sorry I am to hear of Randy’s passing. Years slip by and as we move on we never forget having wonderful neighbours like you and randy. My three children attended Bishops and all were taught by randy. His teaching like others played a key role in their education and development. Please know that I will always be greatful.
Peace be with you and yours
Ian Timmins Sr

Randy was an absolutely terrific man. To Karen and family, and to aunt Pat and family, Valerie and I are terribly sorry to hear about your lose. Please know that you are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

Great family man, great colleague, great teacher.
A great person..
My heart hurts for Karen, Matthew, Sarah and all the people who loved Randy..

To Sarah (and Family,) so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Sincere condolences.

Bob Kirby

Mrs. Kettle our condolences to you & your family. Sorry for your loss.

Ray & Betty Butt

Karen and family condolences so sorry to have read this another good man gone to soon.

Sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. I remember him as a great storyteller, which kept the interest of many students.

So sad to hear of Randy’s passing. Randy was a very valuable, dependable member of our Bishops team, a man you knew that students were fortunate to have as their teacher. Thank-you, Randy, for all that you did to help our students reach their potential and become good people. Your memory will live on in their hearts and minds. Condolences to your family and friends.

Mr kettle was one of if not the greatest teacher i’ve ever had! i think of him often! sad to dee him go…..

My deepest condolences to his family. Randy use to come to our home all the time He was a great friend to myself and my brother. I will always remember the time he hold me down so my brother could make believe they were going to cut my nails. They knew my nails were everything. I have so many wonderful memories of Randy from my childhood
Jane Tremblay (cornish)

Mr.Kettle was an amazing teacher and loved all his students. Sending lots of prayers to his family and friends at this difficult time. RIP mr. Kettle BCB for life

So sorry to hear about Mr. Kettle’s passing. We knew him when we went to school at Bishop’s College, all those years ago. He was a great teacher. Our sincerest condolences to his wife, children and to the rest of his family. Rest in peace Mr. K.
Sincerely, Sandra (Fry) Ford, Jeff Fry and their families.

So sad to hear this news.Thoughts and prayers to all of Randys family at this difficult time

I was so sad to hear of Randy’s passing. I completed my teaching internship at Bishops in 2008 and subbed there for a few years after. Randy was very much respected by his students…and he didn’t always have the easiest students to build a relationship with. He was kind. He was patient. When I go to work tomorrow, after a long week, I’m going to think of Randy and have a bit more patience with my students.

Sending our deepest condolences on Randy’s passing. He was an extraordinary educator and will be fondly remembered for his jovial nature and his storytelling. Recess and lunch was always a pleasure when Randy shared his daily updates. He must also be admired for volunteering to teach the most difficult classes at Bishops. To this day, we still remember quotes he shared from his time in the English trenches. And while he didn’t seek attention or applause, he deserves a standing ovation for his dedication to helping the most challenging students succeed. To put it simply: Randy was The Man!
—Vera Calloway & John Walsh

Mr. Kettle was an incredible teacher, and I often still speak of him 20+ years later. Always kind and patient. Very sorry to hear of his passing, condolences to the family.

I was so sad to hear of Randy’s passing. We had a lot of laughs together at Bishops. He was a great mentor for me as well. So sorry for your loss.

So very sorry to hear of Randy’s passing. He was a great treacher and a wonderful colleague. Deepest condolences to his family.

Pat and family,
I am very sorry to hear of Wendy’s death and send to you my deepest sympathy. I remember him as a child in Port aux Basques, when Hate and I would be having our le gthy discussions in your living room. May he rest now in peace and rise in glory with his dad. Bill Bellamy

There are no words I can offer to ease this unimaginable pain. Randy was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He was strong and formidable while being gentle and kind. Although he was technically my “uncle “ I think of him as a friend. May the many precious memories and the love of family and friends help you through these sad and difficult days. Much love and sadness, Deb and Lou

Sincere condolences. I have many fond memories of working with Randy at Bishops College. He leaves a legacy to thousands of students who succeeded with his kind and caring teaching. Godspeed.

Mr. kettle was a wonderful teacher. Always kind, always patient and always always with the right words. Though I haven’t seen him since graduation, I have often thought of him, how truly kind he was and how much he cared about his students successes. I hope his family knows he gave alot of students courage and gave them confidence. And he has always been remembered by so many of us. Rest easy Sir, we’ll all try to bring it down……. “Just a notch.”.
Vicki Stokes Class of 1990

I have lovely memories of his kind smile and great advice while I did my internship at Bishop’s College. He showed wondrous compassion for a young, nervous teacher. I send condolences to your whole family at this time.

I am so saddened at the news of Randy’s passing. We were childhood friends growing up in Port-aux-Basques, partridge hunting trout fishing and hiking. We were classmates through our school years and he was an awesome classmate. He was a super teacher to my son at Bishops College. We shared our time together at Memorial University and had many laughs together. We haven’t seen much of each other over the past few years but I will always consider him one of my best friends. He will be truly missed. My condolences to the family and friends.

So shocked to learn of Randy’s passing … he certainly was a beautiful person… enjoyed our chats evenings after class was out… loved hearing of his Vegas trips… God Bless… Condolences to his family .. Rest in Peace..

Mr. Kettle was an absolutely wonderful teacher, and a lovely person. Condolences to his family, I’m sure he will be remembered fondly by all of his former students.

To Randy’s family thinking of you all at this sad time. I had the pleasure of working with Randy at Bishops College. RIP

I was lucky to work with Randy at Bishops College in the 2006-2007 school year. I was a young teacher and he did so much to make me feel welcome and part of a team. He always had great patience with students and this really resonated with me. I jokingly encouraged him to start a radio show in retirement as he had a radio voice for the ages! Great man. Condolences to his family. .

Randy was an integral part of my teaching career. I did my internship at Bishops College and substituted there for the next five years. Randy was the first person to call me to book my very first day. From there on, he was always around to lend a hand and give advice. The students adored him and I was able to witness first hand why.

You will be dearly missed.

Mr. Kettle was a great teacher. My condolences to his family.

Randy was a beautiful person, a gifted educator, and a fantastic colleague. He would have us in stitches with his great stories in the Bishops College staffroom. My deepest sympathies to Randy’s family and wide circle of friends. May your memories bring you comfort.

Deepest condolences for your loss. Randy was a wonderful colleague at Bishops College..

Hi Pat and Family,

I was very sorry to hear that Randy had passed away. I want you to know that I’m thinking about you and praying for your whole family. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

So sorry to hear of Randy’s passing .
We worked together at marine Atlantic in our younger yrs,went salmon fishing quite a few times together until he left for university.

to Karen, Pat and extended family,
my sincere condolences on the passing of Randy. Love to you all,

So sad to learn of Randy’s passing, deepest condolences to Karen, Sarah, Matthew and all of his extended family. I feel blessed to have known Randy as a colleague and friend at Bishops for 28 years. We had many a heartfelt chat and often shared a story or joke between classes or in the staffroom.. His memory will live on in our hearts. RIP my friend.

Sarah and family I’m so very sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences.

I am so sorry to hear. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. 😥😥🤗🤗🙏🙏

Sorry for you loss. Please except our condolences.

Greg and Anne Marie Saunders

I want you to know, Calvin and Family Members, that you are very much in my thoughts at present. God bless. Jim