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By Barbara Coven-Ellis
I know that many of you reading this are not personally involved in our theater and film communities, but over the years, you've gotten to know some of us through our work.
One actor you may have met - and/or enjoyed on stage - was my friend, Randy Godwin.
Randy was a scarecrow of a man. Thin as a rail and as funny and dry as they come.
He wrapped shooting on the movie High School about two weeks ago, and had been cast in many of the films that have made their way to Michigan over the last few months (and in many horror Indies, and numerous commercials before that).
Need a reminder?
He was the face of Greektown Casino for a l-o-n-g time! You know, the skinny guy freezing in the walk-in cooler? The guy on all the billboards (before they went to models)?
He played everything from a cop to a villain - but mostly, he was just an extremely talented man and a really loving human being (though he did his damnedest not to let everyone know it).
Anyway, I'm writing to tell you that Randy is gone.
We're not exactly sure when he passed, because he lived alone, and his brother had to break in to find him.
I know many of you aren't within the normal actor "loops" and wouldn't find out until it was too late to pay your respects. So I'm taking on the task of trying to let everyone in the local industry know.
Details for formal "goodbyes" are below.
However, I suspect the acting community will be having a memorial for him sometime around the first of the year - most likely at one of the professional theater venues in the area. When I have those details, I'll pass them along as well.
For now, here's what's happening:
Viewing Service - Sunday (12/21) from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lynch and Sons - Milford
408 E. Liberty St.
Milford, MI 48381
Funeral Service - Monday (12/22) at noon
Milford United Methodist Church
1200 Atlantic St.
Milford, MI 48381