George Randolph Buchanan


Randy passed away peacefully on January 29th with his dear wife and best friend Trudy, by his side, after a short and intense battle with Cancer. He was 67.

Besides Trudy, he leaves a void in the lives of his sisters Karen McCullough, Glenda (Peter) Neufeld, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews from his and Trudy’s side of the family. Having no children of their own, they all were held very close to his heart.

He was very generous to all and delighted in being able to help his friends and family in any way he could, be it in business, life issues or just being there when they needed him. He was the family Mr. Fix-it and always found a way to help.

Randy grew up in Calgary, the son of George and Ruth Buchanan, and excelled in sports, or as he told everyone, as well as being an honor student through all his academic studies. He received his Bachelor of Science from U of C and majored in Geophysics. He won the Governor General’s award for Academic excellence.

Randy and Trudy were married in 1980 and from that day on you never saw one without the other. After graduating Randy jumped into the Oil and Gas business and for many years ran a number of successful oil companies both public and private. When Trudy felt a need to be a little closer to her family in Edmonton, Randy suggested they move there. A Calgarian at heart, it must have been a tough decision, especially to give up their Calgary Flames season tickets.

Randy had the biggest heart, sharpest mind and we always felt that he was larger than life and simply invincible.

Because of Randy’s many great, and great-great nieces and nephews, any donations may be made to the Stollery’s Children Hospital,
800 College Plaza,
8215 – 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8

At the request of the family, there will be no funeral services.

“Don’t think of him as gone away, his journey has just begun.
Life has many facets – this earth is only one.”

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James Batchelor

Our profound sympathy for Trudy and the Buchanan and Wolbeck families
Both Lorraine and I were supremely surprised to hear of Randy’s sudden illness which was followed too quickly by the sad news of his passing.
Our worlds have been shaken by the sudden loss of an associate, dear friend and a long time companion.
I first met Randy back in the glory years of Gulf Canada where his smiling face was omnipresent in the office halls and social gatherings. For me, this was the start of a long wonderful +15 yr association as business partner and friend.
No words can ever assuage our feelings of sorrow and grief at times such as these. But I do believe this is the way of journeys we know not of….those of mystical wings.

Valerie And Dennis Fitzgerald

Dear Trudy and Family
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts and condolences are with you at this
time. God must have needed another angel up in heaven.

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