Randy L. Brenner Obituary

 HARRISBURG Randy L. Brenner, 63, died Sunday, May 11, 2014. Randy most always understood the right thing to do. He knew what to do and he knew how to do it. And most importantly, he understood why. He believed in people even when they didn't believe in themselves. He made lifelong friendships. Randy related to people by looking into their souls with love and without judgment. Randy being a guidance counselor seems as natural as sunshine. His competitive nature was fierce. Racquetball, basketball, baseball, golf, bowling, 500 bid-it didn't matter-he had the expectation that he would win and he usually did. Randy's sense of humor was, to put it mildly, warped. He would deliver one-liners that were biting and satirical with absolute evil intent. He could be relentless.He only showed this to people he liked. Godsend-definition-a desirable or needed thing or event. Related words: grace, mercy, favor, kindness, mitzvah, gift, relief, aid, support, comfort, solace, delight, joy, pleasure. Randy was a godsend. Randy loved to be outside on his mountain, Blue Mountain, which was part of the migration route for hawks and many other birds. He was a gentle man with a heart of gold. It is appropriate that his passing weekend was the Pennsylvania Migratory Bird Count. My golden eagle is soaring to new heights. Randy was born in York and was retired from Susquehanna Township School District, where he was a guidance counselor for over thirty years. He was on the Board of Directors at Second Mountain Hawk Watch and was a counter for years. He was also a member of the Manada Conservancy, Audubon Society, Friends of Wildwood Lake Nature Center, Hawk Mountain, and the Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology. Randy was the cherished husband of Mary Anne Brenner for over thirty-nine years. Randy is survived by a beloved daughter, Jamie Brenner Wallace (husband Mardey Wallace) of Bensalem, PA, and a grandson, Javier Wallace. Randy is predeceased by a son, Jeremy M. Brenner and his mother Charlene Brenner. He is survived by his father, Dale Brenner; sister Tami Pressel; brother Kevin Brenner; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Hoover Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 6011 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg. The Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and on Wednesday one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Manada Conservancy, P.O. Box 25, Hummelstown, PA 17036. -

"Randy was my assistant coach for 11 years and my friend for 37 years.  He was fun, insightful, caring and talented. He was small in stature, but a giant among men."-Bill Gaffey)