UNION VALE – Randolph Serrette, 94, died on August 8, 2020 at his home. An area resident for 55 years, he formerly resided in New Jersey.
Born in Trinidad, West Indies in 1925 to Frederick and Estella Serrette, the sea called him at the age of 16 to sail the world. He proudly served with the US Merchant Marines in World War II. When he sailed into New York harbor at the end of the war he knew he wanted to make America his permanent home. He joined the US Army and proudly served during the Korean War and became a naturalized citizen in 1953. He married his loving wife of 61 years in 1959, earned a BSEE from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1964, and moved to Union Vale where he was employed as an engineer and later a manager for IBM in East Fishkill for 27 years until his retirement in 1991. Randolph was a beloved member of the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Wappingers Falls.
In addition to the sea, Randolph loved to sing and enjoyed all kinds of music. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed tending to his large vegetable garden. Known for his infectious smile, twinkling eyes, sunny personality and wonderful story telling, he was beloved by his family and will be truely missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, Carol Sue, he is survived by his three children and their spouses, Michele and George Molnar of Westford, MA, Cheryl and Paul Dieffenderfer of Dawsonville, GA, and Roger and Andrea Serrette of Longmont, CO; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by two sisters, Eugena Thomas and Camilla (Lita) Riley; and preceded in death by four sisters, Beryl Sitahel, Lydia Jones, Amelia Guiland, Ormer Gittens.
The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday at 10am at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 253 Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls and will also stream live at https://www.facebook.com/125401824136702/live/. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., Hopewell Junction.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hudson Valley Honor Flight. Please visit Randolph’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.