Randy (R.J.) John Bing

19/07/1952 - 18/01/2021

Obituary For Randy (R.J.) John Bing

With great sadness and heavy hearts, the family of Randy (R.J.) John Bing announces he passed away January 18, 2021 in Mandaue City, Philippines. He had been on the vacation of his dreams since October 2019 and had plans to return home in Spring.

Left to cherish his memories are his Mom Yoko (Bing) Gillett, sister Brenda (Bing) Lindquist (Norm Sveinson), nieces Sabrina McCormack (Steven), Kimberley Buratto (Bryan), Jennifer Eaton (Brett Watson), nephews Bryan Eaton (Zoe), Arlen Gillett-Brown (Jenny); step brother Darren Gillett (Trish), step sisters Rhonda Gillett and Debbie Eaton (Dean), Aunt Nora Nelson and a large extended family. His passing leaves his immense circle of friends heartbroken.

Randy was predeceased by his birth mother Lillian (Masuda) Bing, father Eng Yue Jong “John” Bing, stepfather Charles James Owen Gillett; cousin Yvonne Morgan; aunts Florence Dan and Jean Ryder; uncles Sonny Bing, Robert Bing and Arthur Ono.

Randy was born in Kamloops, BC. He started his educational journey at elementary schools in Kamloops and completed high school in Burnaby, BC. He attended both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia; completing a degree in Real Estate. Randy was amazing in his work at the BC Youths Detention Facility; transitioning troubled youth back into society. He also sold and managed real estate holdings in the Vancouver area before realizing he was better suited for physical work. Randy enjoyed working within the forest industry at Weyerhaeuser operations in Merritt and Vavenby. When those plants closed, he relocated to Grande Prairie to be closer to family. His great charisma, sense of humor and solid work ethics was a welcome addition to the Trican workforce – he retired in April 2019.

To his close friends and workmates, he affectionately was known as R.J. He had a great admiration for his family, friends and life itself. R.J. loved to golf, camp, fish, ride his motorcycle, listen to and play jazz music, learn new languages and travel. R.J. enjoyed practical jokes, had a hearty laugh and an unforgettable smile. He was always generous with his time; always helping others in need. We take comfort in knowing that he truly embraced life and was living his best life; traveling the world, immersing himself in cultures of the world, expanding his circle of friends, and continually leaving smiles on the faces of all he knew. His kind heart, selflessness, pure love for his friends and family will never be forgotten.

A private memorial service for Randy will be held on Friday February 19, 2021 by invitation at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. For those unable to attend, a livestream of Randy’s service will begin at 10am. To access the livestream, please click on “Livestream Link” at the bottom of Randy’s obituary or you may go directly to the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube page.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Good bye Randy.
- Wendy N.
The only thing bigger than his love and generosity towards all that knew him was his sense of humour. Whether working together, fishing, golfing or relaxing at home he always wore a massive and suiting smile. You were an amazing role model and an even better friend. I miss you more than can be explained. I am sending love to the whole family and wish I could be there. Love you forever RJ. Bryan.
- Bryan Eaton
Truly a one of a kind human being. It takes a special kind of soul to make everyone around them feel like family, and that is just what he did. We will remember him for his selflessness, infectious laugh, and the joy he spread everywhere he went. He is just as loved and he is missed. XX Nicole Braun
- Nicole Braun
Words cannot express our feelings of sorrow on hearing of the passing of Randy. I am so proud and happy to hear how he pursued and embraced life. He worked hard in his community and was well loved and respected by all. My regret is that we were not able to reconnect after our elementary and high school years, but I have never forgotten him. May you take comfort in knowing that he had a wonderful life surrounded by love from his family and friends. With love and remembrance of Randy, Mary (nee Yoshioka - 2nd cousin)
- Mary Power
he taught me everything about nitrogen pumping and was the best person i worked for and enjoyed being around . he is the finest man i every had the pleasure of meeting .A great leader and friend. i will miss you prayers to the family ,,,miss you -your friend Carey Hurd
- carey hurd
I am so saddened by the passing of my oldest cousin. Good to know that he was living life to the fullest and was enjoying what he loved to do. He will be truly be missed. Thinking of you and praying that God will give you comfort and strength to carry you through this difficult time. With much love, Jennifer
- Jennifer Tong
Randy was such an upbeat positive person. His zest in life was such a joy to see working in the landscaping business with me he never complained always arrives early and stayed late helping to offload maintain equipment. His infectious laugh and sense of humour always made the days go by quickly RIP Randy. You will be missed
- Norene Parke
One of a kind. A smile that would light up a. Entire room! I know he wouldn't want us to be sad but smile through all the beautiful memories we shared with him!
- Jeremie and Brandy Seveck and family
Thank you for all the fun & joy & love & smiles you brought to our lives RJ!! We were truly blessed to know you & spend time with you!! Always going to cherish your kind ways & hearty laugh! LOVE YOU BRO!! XOXO Big Hugs & Smiles as you would say!! #trulyblessed #RIP #BeautifulBro
- Darren & Trish

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