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Randal "Randy" Raymond Berg

23/05/1970 - 31/01/2021

Obituary For Randal "Randy" Raymond Berg

It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Randy Berg on January 31, 2021 at the age of 50.

Randy was born on May 23, 1970 in Grande Prairie, Alberta to Jack & Cathy Berg. Growing up, Randy enjoyed all the family trips in the motorhome to the West Coast as well as those that took the family east to Saskatchewan to visit family. Those that know Randy know his love for the outdoors whether he was camping, fishing or on the lake with his boat wake boarding or water skiing, Randy loved it all. Not too far behind Randy you would find his two dogs, Optimus and Star. Family and friends were important to Randy and he could always win the crowd over with his many stories. Randy was always up for an adventure no matter where it took him.

Randy will be deeply missed by all his family and friends including his children, Henry, Franklin and Shandi, all of Alberta, his brother John (Sherri-Ann) Berg of Grande Prairie, Alberta, his nieces Keyanna and Kingsley (Brody) Berrington and great-nephew Beckham of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Randy was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Cathy Berg.

A Celebration of Randy's Life will be held by invitation on Thursday February 11th, 2021 at Bear Creek Funeral Home (11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie, Alberta). For those unable to attend, a livestream of Randy's service will be available at 2pm on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube page, a link available below.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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John, and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Randy was absolutely larger then life. Him and i were friends for a long time and i am going to miss him so much, but im glad i got to be a part of his life. I am better for knowing him, as are everyone who did.. i offer my condolences and prayers.
- Kayla johnson
To John and family and to Randy's family. We were in shock to hear of Randy's passing through our Son, Brad. Our sincere condolences to you and your family as Randy will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Bill and Fay Lovell.
- Bill and Fay Lovell
So very sorry to hear this news. RIP Randy. Murray and Janet Gummer
- Janet and Murray Gummer
Dear John & Family, My deepest condolences to you at this time John. When I think of Randy, it takes me back to a time when we were all young, hanging out at the ski-hill and 'oh, how your big brother was quite the tease'. May he rest in peace. Shalene Chascha Rycroft
- Shalene Chascha Rycroft
Dear Berg family. Today I was saddened and shocked to hear of Randy's passing. we spent a lot of time together in the 80s and 90s. He lived with us in Edmonton for a short time. I moved back to GP and I would run into him from time to time and we always mused about the great times we had together on the ski hill or out riding sleds or whatever crazy things we were up to. He was a very kind hearted boy who seemed to struggle in his quest to become a man. I lost track of him after I moved to Saskatoon except an occasional contact on Facebook. My condolences to the family in your loss. Yours truly. David Chalmers.
- David Chalmers

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