Charles Randall “Randy” Bielinski, a resident of Fairhope, AL, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the age of 73.
Randy grew up in Kingston and Saugerties, New York. He graduated from Saugerties High School where he played football and won the state championship in wrestling. He also graduated from Troy University in Alabama with a B.S. degree in Business.
Randy served in the Army as a helicopter pilot during Vietnam, where he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He continued in the Army as a flight instructor and a Test Pilot. He achieved the rank of Colonel.
He started several businesses in the real estate, metal buildings, and construction field. He was also a part-time pastor for New Hope Methodist Church in Florida. He retired at the age of 55.
In his spare time, Randy loved sailing and moored his sailboat in Pensacola, Florida. He also liked camping and travelling. He and his wife Lynn traveled frequently to various places, including Hawaii, England, Scotland, Puerto Rico, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington State, Washington, D.C., Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Maine, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Tennessee.
He loved history and volunteered as a Docent at the Mobile Museum. He also did history presentations at the Fairhope Middle School, the Fairhope Rotary, and the Fairhope Library. Randy volunteered at Shepherd’s Place Adult Day Care Respite in Fairhope. He also volunteered at the William F. Green Veteran’s home in Bay Minette. He volunteered as a Lay Minister at the Homestead Village Chapel in Fairhope.
Randy was a member of the Fairhope First United Methodist Church, where he was in the Friends in faith Sunday school class. He was a member of the Fairhope Rotary and received the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Randy is preceded in death by his parents, Paul E. Bielinski and Helen G. Coddington Bielinski.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Lynn Louise Chilton Bielinski; his children, James (Cindy) Bielinski of Pensacola, FL, Kim (Andre) Bielinski of New Orleans, LA, Dana (Dylan) Campbell of Deland, FL; step-sons, Scott (Samantha) Chilton of Saltillo, MS, Michael (Olivia) Chilton of Madison, AL; sister, Joanne Bielinski of Wilmington, NC. Randy had five grandchildren, Brandon, Bella, Clayton, Milo, Claire and Paige; along with other family members and friends.
A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at Fairhope First United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope, on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date at Barrancas National Cemetery Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Charles “Randy” Bielinksi, to Shephard’s Place Adult Respite Day Care, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532, as he was a volunteer there.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL.