Alexandria’s mayor for 20 years, Ned Randolph died early this morning in Grace Home after a long illness. He was 74.
He took over the reins of city hall from John Snyder, who, though colorful, left Alexandria with many challenges. Randolph sent Alexandria in a new direction, especially after the closing of the England Air Force Base. He was in office from 1986 to 2006, serving in the state senate before taking over city hall.
He is survived by his wife Deborah and three children. Arrangements are pending at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria.
His widow issued a brief statement this morning:
“He waged a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease for many years and I am grateful to have been at his side to help him through this journey, including the final moments of it.
“Ned often told me how privileged he felt to have had the opportunity to serve his community as mayor. He described those years as the best of his life.
“Our children and I and other close family members are currently making funeral arrangements and will release information when it becomes available.”
Alexandria Mayor Jacque Roy also issued this statement today:
“Mayor Ned Randolph possessed a genuine love or Alexandria, this community and our region. Studying him and his wonderful legacy, I often think about Ned’s greatest twin virtues of kindness and integrity. Those two virtues he possessed in abundance allowed him political, but more importantly, personal success. He left his imprint everywhere, and he left a legacy of how decency defines great people, how the goodness of this man who wanted to minister to people as a pastor ended up informing the life of a man who ministered to the people as a mayor.
“Thank you to Deborah Randolph for her support of Ned, and her own contributions to our area. She was with him until he passed, at his side taking personal care of him until it was literally impossible. She is to be commended or her exemplary devotion to her husband, to the oaths we take as married people, and again like him, for her own decency, her integrity and her kindness.”
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