Remembering Tim Randall

On June 16, Tim Randall, a Bellingham artist and fixture in the music scene, passed away. As word spread of his passing, social media was filled with tributes and memories from those who knew and loved him. Tim’s friend, Ali Hawkinson, penned this tribute to her dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s family, his friends and anyone who was touched by him. Rest in peace.

Tim Randall’s footprint on Bellingham

In 2007, Tim Randall was drawn to Bellingham, the place that he would call home for the last six years of his life. Tim had always had a passion for art, music and people, so it seemed only natural that he would love this place. Tim had worked with such big names as Prince, but was just as quick to work with local bands or artists who he respected. And he did. A lot.

Tim quickly found acceptance in the Bellingham art and music scene. From his art space at Jinx, now Make Shift, to guest appearances singing with bands, creating fliers and cover art, to hosting karaoke at Cap Hansen’s, Glynn’s, the Village, The Longhorn Saloon, El Nopal, The Pioneer, Nikki’s Bella Marina and what used to be the craziest of shows (much to the credit of Tim), Cabinoke, at the Cabin Tavern, not to mention singing at dozens of other shows and always showing support for everyone else. Tim had a love-hate relationship with karaoke… I won’t go too far into that, but anyone who knew him would understand. I have to smile just thinking about it.

Tim loved the band Sugar Sugar Sugar and the people in it. I remember when he picked up a sugar packet and said “the Sugars are genius” and smiled and put it back down. On many occasions he had bands staying with him from Oregon, California and many other places. Tim had more roommates and friends who were musicians than weren’t. A few years ago Tim moved into a small apartment with no roommates. This apartment would comfortably entertain about four people, but I remember nights when Tim would move furniture, find pillows, crates, boxes and anything else anyone could sit on so that he could share his time with as many people as possible, going through his record and CD collection and looking up artists online to expose us to. Tim never hesitated to give of his time, talent or treasure, no matter how much or little he had. He was one of the most generous people I have ever known.

If Tim considered you a true friend, you knew it. He might not call often or come to all of your events or follow your life through social media, but when he saw you he made sure to tell you that he loved you, and was always quick to tell you why. Tim found value in everything, believed in people and could help people to see what he saw and make them believe in themselves. He was an example of true love through friendship, and always wanted to share his friends with everyone. I remember several occasions where he couldn’t wait to introduce people to each other, and the look on his face bringing people together. Though sometimes a recluse, Tim was, whether he wanted to be or not, a people magnet.

Tim was living with Fibromyalgia and Huntington’s Disease. Tim found peace from his pain and worry on June 16. The community mourning has been inspiring to witness. Dozens and dozens of pictures have circulated, people sharing stories, tears, laughs, regrets and ultimately a huge amount of love for Tim, who he was and how he had such a huge impact on each and every one of us. So many, including myself, have been so lucky to know him.

Tim, we’ll never forget you. Thank you for everything.  Thank you for sharing your life and so much of yourself with us all.

-Ali Hawkinson