Randolph Charles Gaudet
July 07, 1935 - January 16, 2017
Randolph “Randy” Charles Gaudet, a true gentleman, died Monday, January 16, 2017 in Houston, TX surrounded by his loving family. He was 81 years old. Randy was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 7, 1935 to Randolph “Joe” Fernand Gaudet and Anna Claire Cambre Gaudet.
Randy served on active duty in the United States Navy, aboard the USS Wisconsin, during the 1950’s where he honored both his country and his family. From his time in the Navy, he learned how to work on machinery and took these invaluable skills into his 25+ year career as a hotel chief engineer.
Randy spent the majority of his career with the Hyatt Regency Hotel. He started with Hyatt in New Orleans in the mid 1970’s and then transferred to the Hyatt Regency in Houston in 1981 as the Director of Engineering through the 1990’s. This promotion brought the Gaudets to their new home in Spring, Texas where they resided as the children grew up.
Randy was known for his warm heart, hospitality, and beautiful smile. Many describe him as a true gentleman. During his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering weekly at Amazing Place Dementia Day Center, serving his church at the Welcome Center, and volunteering at The Battleship Texas. He was an active member of the St. Michael’s Sociable Seniors; The Hotel Engineers Association, where he served as a past board member; and The American Legion Post 416. In Randy’s spare time, he enjoyed working out at the Trotter Family YMCA, and most importantly spending time with his family whether it was watching his grandchildren perform in band, bowl, sing, debate, play sports, etc., or boiling crawfish for the big family gatherings. He was proud of his Louisiana Cajun heritage.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Claire Gaudet; brother Norman; sister Doris Rizzuto. He is survived by his son Norman and wife Anna; daughter Michelle and husband Tim; son Randolph Christian “Chris” and wife Phet; daughter Gigi; grandchildren Bobby and wife Kaylei, Bonnie, Michelle, Johnathan, Jordan, Lauren, Aubrey, and Aaron; four great grandchildren. He also leaves behind sister Carolyn Coscino and brother-in-law Martin; brother Harold and sister-in-law Rose; brother-in-law Anthony Rizzuto; his dear friend Ginger Gaudet; as well as many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends will honor and celebrate Randy’s wonderful life by gathering for a Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056.
Due to the limitation of flowers the family is allowed to receive, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Amazing Place, 3735 Drexel Dr., Houston, TX 77027; (713) 552-0420