Randolph C. Blymire
Randolph "Randy" C. Blymire, 50, died Thursday, February 24, 2005, at 6:11 p.m. at Memorial Hospital. Funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at WorkingerSemmel F.H. and Crematorium, Inc., 849 E. Market St., York. Viewing will be 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Wrightsville. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Robert Renjilian. Mr. Blymire was born December 7, 1954, in York. He was the son of the late Thomas I. and Zenith E. (Fries) Blymire. Mr. Blymire was a printer, working at local printing press companies. He was a graduate of William Penn High School Class of 1972. Randy was a lifetime member of York Community Access Television and served as the station's Program Director, Vice President and President. He was a member of PA Nonbelievers and directed many TV programs for that organization. He also directed over 30 TV programs for the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of York and directed over 20 TV programs for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. He also designed the window displays at Martin Memorial Library for Gay Pride month for the last four years. He was a social member of the Columbia American Legion and the Amvets. He is survived by three sisters, Sandra K. Meisinger of Columbia, Linda D. Dillman of Birmingham, Ala. and Brenda J. Bonsell of Dover; a brother, Michael S. Blymire of Dover; 10 nieces and nephews; 12 great nieces and nephews.
Published in the York Daily Record & York Dispatch on 3/1/2005.
From an on-line guestbook (.pdf link) for Randy:|
For those friends/acquaintances who were unable to
attend Randy's viewing/services I wish to share the
following poem that was printed in Randy's Memorial card.
I think it speaks highly of Randy and is so very "Randy."
Whoever selected it deserves credit.
I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and
I'd like the tears of those who
grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.
Jackie & Bill Hrubovcak (Stewartstown, PA)
Longtime activist and ‘Gay York’ show host dies
YORK, Pa. (AP) – Randy Blymire, host of the long running “Gay York!” show on York Cable Access Television, died Feb. 24. He was 50.
Blymire devoted much of his time to the cable access station, producing shows for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. He also produced and directed a show called “Free Thought Forum”.
“Gay York!” first aired in August 1997.
Blymire was “relentless” in his fight to get a 1993 ordinance passed in York banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment and public accommodations, his co-worker Cindy Mitzel said.