George R. Randazzo

Visitation Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Visitation Time: 3:00-9:00 p.m.
Funeral Home: Salerno's Rosedale Chapels
Place of Funeral: St. Isidore Church
Funeral Notes: Family and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home Friday at 9:45 a.m.
Interment: Mount Carmel Cemetery

George R. Randazzo, United States Veteran of the Vietnam War 1st Calvary and Founder of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, with over 270 inductees over the last 42 years. Beloved husband of Linda (nee Collins); devoted father of Anthony (Vivian) and Marc (Yesenia) Randazzo; dear brother of Rosemary Favia; loving papa of Phillip, Linda Marie, Marc Anthony, Ashleigh, Angelina, Ava Bella, Sebastian, Valentina and Vittoria. Funeral Friday, family and friends are invited to gather at 9:45 a.m. at Salerno’s Rosedale Chapels 450 W. Lake St. Roselle, IL. 60172 (3/4 mile west of Bloomingdale/Roselle Rd.) to St. Isidore Church. Mass 10:45 a.m. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation Thursday 3:00-9:00 p.m. For info 630-889-1700 or www.salernofuneralhomes.com.

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Posted by:
Peter Bartzis

Posted on:
Friday, August 2, 2019

My deepest sympathies go out to the entire Randazzo family. We all have lost a true icon in the Italian American community! May his memory be eternal and God rest his soul!

Posted by:
Vince Ferragamo

Posted on:
Friday, August 2, 2019

To the Randazzo family, I just learned of George's passing. My condolences and my prayers go out to you. I met George a few years back since my induction into the NIASHOF. He was always appreciative and kind to me and treated me as if I were family. I guess it is the Italian thing. I will always remember him for being so active with the Hall. I remember my times there at the golf tournament feeling in for Tommy and the wonderful times at the banquet. I wish I could of been more of a frequent visitor but living in California prevented me from doing so. I will miss his energy and life for all our Italian festivities but his spirit will live on. Dio ti benedica, Giorgio, fino a quando ci incontreremo di nuovo. Vince Ferragamo

Posted by:
Paul Bialobok & Amanda Bays

Posted on:
Thursday, August 1, 2019

We are so grateful to have known George. For Paul, he was a reminder of his father, whom he spent countless hours listening to stories of the old days. George always had stories and they were always intriguing, funny, and fascinating. George was a man that you could go to with questions and he would almost always have the answers. And if he didn't, he knew somebody that did and reached out on your behalf. When Charlie needed a job during college, George was the first to offer him a place in the NIASHF in Chicago to get his feet wet in the real world. I know Charlie appreciated everything George did for him, as did I. George did me favors, and I strived to always be there any time and every time that there was something that I could do for him. We spent these past few years together buying and selling all kinds of memorabilia at the flea market and auctions, with our mutual friends Brad, Sarah, Mark, and Maria. I always looked forward to "George" days! I will forever be grateful for George and Linda's hand in bringing my best friend Brad together with his fiance Sarah, who has brought him so much happiness. George was a great patriarch for the Randazzo family. I am grateful to have met his sons and their families and to know Linda. George was so proud of his wonderful family, as he should be. He was also proud to be the founder and main guy at the NIASHF in Chicago. He worked all day, everyday, in his mind, in his office, and in his heart to keep his dream going and to make sure that the successes of countless Italian American athletes, coaches, and supporters were recognized for their accomplishments through NIASHF. Through sponsorships and scholarships, he recognized youthful organizations so that they could have more opportunities to reach their goals and dreams. I will always remember George, so fondly, for he meant so much to me and he was a man that I will forever be proud to call a good friend. I love you George and will miss you. Dearest Linda, Please allow me to carry on being there for George by allowing me to be there for you. Anytime you need something that you think that I can do for you, please reach out. I would be honored to be there for you and your family in any way that I can be. Amanda sends her love and wishes Godspeed to this most wonderful guy!

Posted by:
JACK BUTITTA

Posted on:
Thursday, August 1, 2019

GEORGE WAS A DEAR FRIEND OF MY FAMILY. MY FATHER JACK WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING GEORGE ESTABLISH THE HALL AND HELPED GEORGE AND LINDA PURCHASE THERE HOME IN SCHAUMBURG FROM CAMPANELLI BUILDERS. HE WAS A DEAR AND LONG TIME FRIEND HE WILL BE MISSED.

Posted by:
Maryanne Jakubowski

Posted on:
Thursday, August 1, 2019

To the family of Mr. Randazzo, my sympathy to all of you. I just want you to know having met George only once in the late 80's how kind he was to my young sons. My uncle Paul Zachara who passed away in Jan. of this year, worked with your dad at Motorola. I don't even know how we managed go to the Sports Musuem off of Route90, on a day it was closed and had a guided personal tour by Mr. Randazzo. My uncle was proud to have known him, and was thrilled to walk through the museum with Mr. R showing my sons around, who loved baseball and had all their questions answered. It was a great day, forever in my memory. Just want you to know, though I am sure you do, all the lives your dad touched, from humble beginnings he was so proud of his early museum, his love of sports showed through in just a few hours. He even showed us the photo of his son, a young umpire.. May he Rest in Peace, and peace be to all of you.

Posted by:
Maryjo loibel

Posted on:
Thursday, August 1, 2019

There are many word in my heart about My hero when I was a little girl My Mothers youngers brother My Uncle George my hero .I am lost for words but you will be missed just because I haven't been around for years that doesn't mean that I didn't think about you. You were my favorite out of my mother side of the family you always had a way to make a kid smile and laugh even if it was a bad day. .You may have been my mothers baby brother but you were also my mothers hero in more ways than one can think .Rest in Peace Uncle George with the angles .Love always Maryjo .

Posted by:
Gina Marie Schwieger

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

I was sad to hear of the passing of Tony and Marc's dad. Growing up as kids together with all the good ol' Bloomingdale group we had; I spent many afternoons at the Randazzo house. We all met during our days at Westfield Jr. High, where I have fond memories playing baseball in the Randazzo cul de sac and attending school dances together through high school. I was proud of my Italian heritage and happy to have Tony and Marc become our Bloomingdale Italian friends. It was my honor and thrill to be personally asked by Mr. Randazzo to be a model (with Marc) in his Inaugural Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Magazine. What a wonderful memory I have of that day donning my red, white, green baseball jacket which Mr. Randazzo had selected for Marc and I. Still have the magazine! Mr. Randazzo made me feel special that day and he was so proud of his new endeavor to share his Italian roots and heritage! My mom will greet you in heaven with cannoli Mr. Randazzo!

Posted by:
chris zizza

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

George Randazzo was the type of person that as soon as you met him you knew he was genuine and that’s genuine to a fault, if there is such a thing. He was one of the kindest people I have ever met. I first met George when I joined the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (Massachusetts Chapter) in 1992. As the National Founder he of course attended our Banquet. I once told George that People say to me, can’t you donate your time and money to a more worthy cause than sports? “Well , they are wrong!” George would say, “NIASHF isn’t just about sports! It’s about pride in Heritage, Helping Kids stay off the streets and drugs! By inspiring them through sports and introducing them to our Italian American heroes like Rocky Marciano or Tony Demarco, Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Lasorda, or Mike Piazza. We Maybe just a simple Hall of Fame in Chicago, but we help people everyday!” George’s heart was bigger than the body that housed it. He was a fellow Ellis Island “Medal of Honor” recipient, there is only 2600 of these individuals in the world and they are people like Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Mohammed Ali, and General Norman Schwarzkopf to name a few and give you an understanding of the company Georges Legacy will keep. George Randazzo Gave of himself to others all his life, his love of Heritage, Family, and Community will be his Legacy and he will not be forgotten. George Randazzo was an amazing man and I loved him for his friendship as well as his leadership. Rest in Peace My Dear Friend, I will forever miss our talks - Chris Zizza, NIASHF Director, Boston

Posted by:
Gerry Hughes

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dear Mrs. Randazzo, Marc and Tony, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Randazzo family during this difficult time. It was and honor and privilege to have known George and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to do so. I will always remember his kindness and generosity and his legacy will live on forever...god bless...Gerry...

Posted by:
Sam Tenuto

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dear Linda, Tony and Marc. I am so sad to hear about George passing. George was a wonderful and kind friend to work with. I fondly remember working with George to build the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame on Lake Street in the Village of Bloomingdale. I remember George inviting me to his fundraising dinners and kindly introducing me to the attendees as his Italian Mayor from Bloomingdale. I will miss my friend George. I am unable to attend the funeral for George because I moved to Arizona. Former Mayor of the Village of Bloomingdale Sam Tenuto.

Posted by:
Dino Galardi

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Condolences to the Randazzo family. He was a good man who did a lot for many others. He will be missed. God speed and Rest In Peace...

Posted by:
Eddie & Marcia Montague

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dear, Linda, Tony, Marc & family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I feel blessed to have met your wonderful father, and you can be sure he will be watching over all of you from his new home in Heaven. Our hearts, love & prayers Eddie & Marcia Montague & family

Posted by:
Marvin &Sherry Hudson

Posted on:
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.... a time to heal. Ecclesiastes 3:1... Praying for you all. Keeping you close during this sad time. Marvin & SherryHudson

Posted by:
Judge John Gale

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

When someone loses a family member or friend they suffer a traumatic loss. But when we lose someone like George Randazzo, it leaves a crater. I am so happy the he achieved his dream establishing The Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, and that he allowed me to be a part of it. He was more than George Randazzo. He was a wonderful, caring , creative and loving man that everyone loved. The Gale family loved you and will miss you terribly.

Posted by:
Mike Everitt

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Love you shooter !! May you and family find comfort in knowing you will be with your Dad again someday !! Blessings to you and family .

Posted by:
Fieldin Culbreth

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tony and family. I’m so sorry for your great loss. May God hold your hand and help guide you through this difficult time. God Bless, Fieldin Culbreth

Posted by:
Maryjo Loibel Krumrie

Posted on:
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Aunt .Linda ,Tony, Marc . Sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle George . I am waiting to see if I can make it back home . Love always . Maryjo Loibel ,Johnny /Vincent Sprissler .

Posted by:
Jim Randazzo

Posted on:
Monday, July 29, 2019

My wonderful Uncle George. My thoughtful and loving Godfather. The memories you gave me throughout my life will make me smile for all my days. You have touched so many with your deep generosity and goodness. The accolades were many and oh so deserved. Your strong character and charisma lit up many a room. I and so many others love and miss you so very much.

Posted by:
Christopher Paluso

Posted on:
Monday, July 29, 2019

My deepest sympathies to George’s family. George brought me into the fold of the Museum in 1993 as tha Official Artist and from that point on I was treated like family. It has been an honor to be associated with the Museum but more then that to call him my friend. He was a man of honor and integrity and I along with many will miss his enduring qualities and huge heart.

Posted by:
Tony DeMaro

Posted on:
Monday, July 29, 2019

It’s with deep sadness that we offer condolences to the Randazzo family George will be missed and NOT forgotten by us and so many more His kindness I’ll always remember