Randy S Preston


Randy S. Preston, 60, of Wilmington passed away Thursday, July 18, at his home after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Keene Valley, N.Y., on March 31, 1959, the son of Sydney and Mary Preston.
Randy was the supervisor of the town of Wilmington since 2008 and was the former head of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. He was also a member of the Wilmington Fire Department for over 40 years and served as Chief for 14 years. He was a staunch proponent of his hometown and also for Essex County. Randy supported the restoration of the Veterans Memorial Highway, the mountain bike trails in Wilmington, the conversion of the Frontier Town property and many other projects that enhanced his beloved town.
His sense of humor was well known, even in the darkest days of his illness.
Randy is survived by his wife, Michelle and his children: Bryeanna Villani, Jacob, Jonah and Rose Burns, Renee (Tory) Youngs and Nicole Matthews; his mother, Mary Preston and siblings Danny (Pammie) Preston, Diane (Robert) Kirby, Linda Preston and Alan (Lisa) Preston; his nieces and nephews: Cory Preston, Shannon Stanley, Jason Preston, Travis Preston, Michelle J. Preston and Kyle Kirby as well as several great-nieces and nephew, including his little buddy, Brantley. He is also survived by his best friend and partner in crime, Larry Gibbons.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, July 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the the Thwaits-Zaumetzer Funeral Home in Au Sable Forks. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Randy's memory can be made to the Wilmington Fire Department or Hope for Miracles (www.hopeformiracles.org).
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Published on July 19, 2019
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laurie sargent
Jul 25, 2019
I love you sense of humor, we always had some great laughs together. I am quite sure you will have heaven in stitches with your quick wit and sense of humor. Till we meet again my friend
Donna douglas
Jul 24, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of randys family. I am randys second cousin and i havent lived in wilmington for 20 years but i remember randy, his great personality and laugh like it was yesterday. I will miss him.
Jul 23, 2019
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Lorraine + Wester Miga
Jul 22, 2019
Our Deepest Sympathy is extended to the Preston family.
Words alone are not able to frame this loss, however Our focus is on All of the positive contributions Randy and his Family have made to Community + Essex County.
Lori Torrance
Jul 21, 2019
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Kristy Holzer
Jul 20, 2019
Randy love Wilmington NY and the residents who lived here! My Grandson Sawyer absolutely loved Randy and Randy loved him just as much! Rip Randy until we meet again!❤️
Lori Brady
Jul 19, 2019
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Debbie Coolidge
Jul 19, 2019
Randy will missed by a lot of people and the Town of Wilmington. He always had a smile no matter what was going on. He was good to my parents and was always there when they needed help. R.I.P. Randy .