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Ted F. Randazzo

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Ted F. Randazzo (b.1926) departed this life on February 17, 2019 surrounded by family after a decade-long cancer struggle. He was 92 years old (young). Ted is survived by his wife of 69 years Barbara (Zahn) Randazzo and his seven adult children: Catherine (s. Harvey; c. Alex and Eve), Barbara (s. Paul; c. Mary, Michael, Matthew and Katherine); John (s. Birgit; c. Kelly, Alexis, Caprice, Ted, Jack, Aiden and Liam); Peggy (s. Kevin; c. Kathleen and Amy); Thomas (s. Victoria; c. Erica, Sophia and Harry); Jacqueline (s. Steven; c. Gabriel, Conor, Lucy and Ian) and Jeanne (s. Christopher; c. Jenna and Haley) and 11 great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his younger brother James and his parents, Antoinette (Giambalvo) and John Randazzo of Brooklyn, NY.

Ted grew up in Brooklyn, graduating from St. Jerome Elementary School and Midwood High School and completed an associate’s degree from New York City College of Technology. He was both a Boy Scout and a Sea Scout and, as a Sea Scout, patrolled New York City beaches during WW II to sound the alarm in the event of an enemy invasion. Ted enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1945-1946, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was posted to Germany and Switzerland, witnessing the devastation of war first hand, and participated in post-war military efforts in Europe.

Ted met and married the love of his life Barbara in Brooklyn where they lived with their growing family until moving to Shrub Oak, NY in 1971, eventually retiring in 1986 to live in the Catskill Mountains. He was employed by the New York Telephone Company in Brooklyn and New York City from 1950-1986, rising in rank from line splicer to engineer, and was well known by his colleagues for never missing a day of work. During this period he was recruited by the Western Electric Co. to participate in the secret government program Operation White Alice, installing the permanent radar system called the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line which was built across Alaska in the 1950’s to warn the U.S. of an attack by Russia. He spent six arduous months in Alaska constructing this defensive line for the nation. After retiring from the NY Telephone Company, he returned to the NY Telephone Co. to serve as a consultant, before moving fulltime to Halcott Center, NY.

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