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Randy L. Troup

May 23, 1957 ~ February 12, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old

Randy Troup Obituary

Randy L. Troup, age 66, of West Haven passed away on February 12, 2024.  He was born in Enola, PA, son of the late Kenneth and Shirley Smith Troup.  Randy is survived by his children, Jessica (Michael) Valsamis of East Lyme and Geoffrey (Matt Pyrch) Troup of West Haven, his grandchildren Ben and Sofia, his brother Kenneth (Dona) Troup of PA, his companion Susan Dotson of West Haven and his former wife Teresa Troup of West Haven.

Randy was known for his warm heart and unfiltered sense of humor.  He liked to say he was “HR’s worst nightmare.”  He was unwavering in his love for family, especially his children and grandchildren, and, of course, his beloved New York Mets.  He treated his sons-in-law like children of his own, welcoming them into the family and referring to them as sons.  When his children were growing up, he delighted in coaching his daughter’s softball games and attending his son’s plays in high school.  When his children became adults, he loved calling his daughter to hear about his grandchildren and having endless political debates with his son. 

Randy was very athletic in High School, playing basketball, football, and baseball.  He continued playing basketball recreationally with friends post-high school and always loved following professional sports of all kinds. 

He worked in retail management for the majority of his career, first with Kinney Shoes, which brought him from Pennsylvania to Connecticut, where he remained for the rest of his life.  From there, he was part-owner and operator of Cameo Cleaners in West Haven for nearly 20 years before returning to retail management with CVS and finally Marshall’s/TJX company.  He retired early and enjoyed lower stress part time jobs to keep busy. 

He spent his final 10 years with his partner Susan Dotson.  Together they maintained a home with lots of plants and cared for their dogs Bella (nicknamed Boo Boo) and Rosie (also oddly nicknamed Boo Boo), and endured life’s joys and challenges together. 

He maintained a close friendship with his former wife and mother of his children, Teresa. They spoke several times a week and continued to spend holidays together with their children and grandchildren.  He specialized in making deviled eggs and crab cakes for the holidays and made sure he emphasized how hard he worked on them. 

On a typical Sunday afternoon, you could find him working in the yard, enjoying the company of his dog, and catching the game in the afternoon.  He developed a passion for woodworking, making birdhouses and decorative outdoor pieces for friends & family.  He remained faithful throughout his life, both outwardly and internally, and carried the most generous lessons of Christianity with him.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3-6pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.



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February 18, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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