Randy, K4XRM, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Tuesday, February 5th. The funeral was held in Jamestown, NY, on Sunday, February 10. Randy was a long time DFMA member and led the Durham County ARES group as its Emergency Coordinator. He and his cheerful demeanor will be missed by all that got to know him.
Randy, K4XRM, in a Red Cross class in 2010
Below is a biography taken from the web site of the Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown, NY.
Randy W. McCray, 57, of Durham, NC, formerly of Jamestown, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday February 5, 2013 in his home. He was born May 6, 1955 in Jamestown the son of Donald H. and Phyliss S. Ehrhart McCray. Randy was a 1973 graduate of Southwestern Central High School and attended Edinboro University where he participated in marching band and sang with Up With People. He worked as a 911 Dispatcher for the City of Jamestown while attending JCC. He received his nursing degree from Jamestown Community College and moved to Kentucky where he worked as a charge nurse at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Returning to Jamestown, he worked as a Registered Nurse at WCA Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department. He was instrumental in establishing the Alstar and Starflight programs, serving as Operations Manager. He was also coordinator of the Lifeline program and served on the New York State EMS Council for ten years. Randy was a dedicated volunteer fireman, serving with the Celoron Fire Department as a New York State Certified EMT and as President.
After moving to Durham, he continued to be active with the Parkwood Fire Department. For 20 years, he worked at Durham Regional Hospital as a Registered Nurse and recently as a Resource Nurse with Labcorp of United Healthcare. He was a Ham Amateur Radio Operator and member of the Durham County Weather Spotters.
Surviving besides his father of Lakewood are, his wife, Wanda Schrader McCray whom he married September 4, 1976; a brother, Rex (Micki) McCray of Jamestown; three sisters, Rynda McCray and Rissy (Michael) Viglione, both of Erie, PA; Robyn McCray of Elizabeth, CO; a niece, Shannon (Bryan) Olson of Jamestown; and nephew, Michael (Ryan) McCray of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his mother on February 26, 2007.
Central Carolina Red Cross has been designated the initial chapter for Red Cross Operations should Hurricane Irene hit the Coast of NC according to a message from Tim Bothe. Durham ARES needs to be ready to assist with communications needs anytime after Thurs 8/25 when operations are slated to begin depending upon the storms track.
4pm today observations have the Irene hitting the Outer Banks sometime this weekend.
Stay Alert and Prepare
Folks can now take advantage of on-line Spotter training through the Comet MetED program at https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id=23. The course includes two modules: "Role of the SKYWARNSpotter" and "SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics" and takes about 2 hours to complete. The Raleigh NWS will honor this training and include individuals who take this online training as part of its database ofSKYWARN spotters for central North Carolina.