Williamsburg, MA – Mario Randa…

Williamsburg, MA – Mario Randall Gigliotti, known to all as Randy, died on October 31, at his home in Williamsburg. After a long illness, he passed peacefully, surrounded by music and held by dear friends. He was 63.
Born in Denville, New Jersey, on August 21, 1955, Randy was the first child and only son of Marie McGrath Gigliotti and the late Mario Ernest Gigliotti. He grew up in Schenectady, New York, and Wilmington, Delaware, where he graduated from high school in 1973. In 1975, he earned an A.S. degree in Communication Electronics from Grahm Junior College in Boston, where he helped produce live music broadcasts from Boston’s famous Jazz Workshop. From Boston he moved to Gloucester, where he lived from the mid-70s until 1993, when he moved to Northampton to be with his fiancée, Freda Brackley. They married in 1994 and divorced in 2014.
Randy’s primary career was as an electronics technician. He worked in Gloucester for Varian, a manufacturer of semiconductor process equipment, and in Northampton and South Deerfield for the Millitech/Telaxis/Millivision group of companies. He also owned and managed a masonry company, Village Brick and Stone Works, in Gloucester.
Music was Randy’s central passion. He was a devoted guitar player and inexhaustible collector. He treasured his butterscotch blonde Fender Telecaster and his vast CD collection of jazz, blues, rock, and other assorted genres. He loved to introduce people to music new to them, trade rare tracks with fellow enthusiasts, and create on-the-fly soundtracks for every day possible.
Even more central to his life than music was his beloved only son, Joshua. Randy was a single dad for many of Josh’s first 12 years, and he was a devoted and very proud father. Josh passed away at the age of 30 on November 11, 2011.
Randy was an exceptionally kind, generous, and gregarious person. He loved to schmooze and make jokes, and never forgot a face and name. He couldn’t walk down a street in either of his longtime communities without encountering people he knew and stopping for a chat.
Randy’s final years were marked by steadily declining ability due to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). PSP is a prime-of-life neurodegenerative disorder with no known cause or cure that strikes about five in 100,000 people, usually in their 50s or 60s; other diseases in this brain disorder spectrum include ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia.
Randy was remarkably gracious in living with the limitations imposed by the disease. He continued to enjoy listening to his favorite music, soaking up sun on his back porch, and laughing at any jokes that came his way. He was sweet and patient with his personal care assistants, who found him easy to care for in more than one sense.
Randy Gigliotti is survived by his mother, Marie McGrath Gigliotti of Ashburn, Virginia; his sisters, Teri Townsend and Sharyn Rivas of Sterling, Virginia, and Jill Rafferty of Juno Beach, Florida; his former wife, Freda Brackley, who cared for him through the course of his illness; his nieces and nephew and other loving members of his own and his former wife’s family.
All are welcome to attend Randy’s memorial service on Saturday, November 10, at 12 p.m. at the Edwards Church, 279 Main Street, Northampton. Burial will be private.
Ahearn Funeral Home, 413-587-0044.

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