Ware - Randy Stanley Topor (Tope), 58, of Ware, passed away on April 5th after a heroic battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Ware, he attended St. Mary’s School and Ware High School, graduating in 1980. He attended the Police Training Academy in Agawam and was appointed to the Ware Police Department part time in June of 1984 and then full time in July of 1987. Randy was appointed interim sergeant in April of 2015 and remained an officer until his retirement in November of 2019.
Randy is survived by his daughter, Alexia Jordan Topor of Ware, former wife Kelly McDonell of Ware, his stepson, Tyler McDonell, partner, Nikki Stevens and granddaughter, Ahria of Ware, brother, Michael of Kingsland, Georgia, sister, Lorrie Stanley of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and many loved nieces and nephews. Randy is predeceased by his father Edward Topor, his stepmother Gail Topor, and beloved Great Dane English Mastiff, Walter.
He was known for his upbeat and positive personality. He was always willing to help anyone. He was frugal, fair, modest and hated phonies. He had excellent relationships with the youth of Ware. He loved to hunt, fish, garden, and meticulously care for his lawn. He always looked forward to game night with his daughter and friends be it Cribbage, Yatzee, or Rummy. He had a passion for lottery tickets which he would scratch like doing surgery.
Randy was an excellent athlete playing both football and baseball for Ware High School captaining the football team his senior year. He continued his love of sports playing for the Polish Hall in a men’s softball league. A particularly proud moment for him in his sports history was the opportunity he had to try out for the Houston Astros. Randy was an avid Red Sox and Bruins fan and would delight in attending games.
He was a member of the Ware Foundry, Club 12, the Weir River Club, and the Gabriel Narutowicz Club. Randy spent his life in service to keep the people of Ware safe and secure. The best day of his life was when his daughter was born. He treasured spending time with her and creating memories. His love for her was his pride and joy.
There may be a private service at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to the Ware Police Department Gift Account, 22 North Street Ware, MA 01082.
“Have a beer,” Randy recently said, "and toast to my life, not grieve my death.”
Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware is assisting family with arrangements.
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