Randall Stewart Baird, 51, a former big-8 consulting-firm manager and entrepreneur, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at his San Francisco home of more than 25 years.
He was born Sept. 21, 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts to G. Stewart and Martha Haskell Baird of Dover, MA, where he grew up. His most precious and enthusiastic loves were raising his two sons, Hunter, 13, and Tyler, 11, as well as singing for over 15 years in the Glide Ensemble in San Francisco.
Adventurous, spirited and ambitious, as a pre-teen Randall bicycled 800 miles and camped out from MA to the US Bi-centennial in Valley Forge with a teenage friend. His desire to experience the world led him abroad to Korea, Japan, Italy and the South Sea Islands and his love of sports never dimmed from playing hockey and tennis to rooting for his favorite Bruins team, a pass-time he remembered fondly doing with his sister Laurie over the years.
While at Williston-Northampton School, he helped develop a sci-fi section at their library, founded an all-male a cappella singing group and sang tenor with the Chamber Chorus and musical comedy productions. He earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University in 1989 and was an active participant in his Alpha Delta Phi fraternity winning the Inter-Fraternity Pool Singles Championship in 1987. Later that same year he joined his parents with the Dedham Choral Society to sing the Verdi Requiem in Boston’s famed Symphony Hall.
Randall subsequently relocated to San Francisco, a city that embraced his quirky geek nature and love of all things sushi, where he sang in the Calvary Presbyterian Church choir before joining Glide Memorial United Methodist Church and their Ensemble. He also served as President of the San Francisco Brown Club and worked as a consultant with Arthur Anderson, Deloitte & Touché and Accenture prior to establishing his own company, 3cept, to both minister to individuals as well as provide technology direction and support for growing businesses.
Friends are welcome with their musical instruments, voices and refreshments at a memorial service scheduled for Saturday April 22 from 5-7:00pm at the Lake Merced Boathouse in San Francisco where fond memories will be shared of Randall’s warmth, humor and joie de vivre. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco or charity of your choice.
To a man that, as one friend put it, lived with texture, color and a lot of soul – you will be dearly missed.