Randy B. Laakso, 51, of Shrewsbury


Randy B. LaaksoShrewsbury – Randy Bruce Laakso, 51, of Shrewsbury, MA passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 18, 2021. He was born in Adak, Alaska on September 24, 1970 to Larry Bruce and Lynda Rae (Puro) Laakso. The family moved around and eventually settled in Somers, CT. Summer vacations were spent with family at Vinton Pond fishing, biking and exploring. The family still partakes in monthly saunas (pronounced sa”w”na) holding true to their Finnish family traditions.

Randy attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Randy joined Fidelity Investments in 1996. It was through Fidelity that he met his wife Jocelyn. As a financial planner, Randy held his CFP, (Certified Financial Planner) and RICP (Retirement Income Certified Professional) along with a number of other licenses including Series 7, 8 and Insurance.

Randy loved his toys, and the fact that he was able to work on and fix them. He was known to grill a steak and bake an apple pie even if it took the entire day. If he was not working on a project, he was working out at F45 Training Northborough. It was here that he made his fit fam.

Over the past few years, Randy started running road races and doing fitness challenges. Not only did he recently come in 3rd in his age group at the Fenway Park Spartan race, he was so proud that he beat his friend Gledia in their last 5k – but he wasn’t competitive at all! After every workout at F45 he read the following quote: “Family isn’t defined by last names or blood. It is defined by commitment and love. It means showing up and supporting each other. It means deciding to love, even on the days when you struggle to like one another. It is making the conscious decision to serve and sacrifice. Family is making the choice to never give up on each other, no matter what.”

Randy is survived by his beloved wife Jocelyn M. (Castellano) Laakso and their son Kyle of Shrewsbury, MA; sons Ethan and Nathaniel Laakso of Pepperell, MA; father Larry Bruce Laakso of West Townsend, MA; brother Erik Laakso and his wife Debra of Peoria, AZ, and their children, Jared and Rebecca; brother Brad Laakso of West Townsend, MA; and many friends and family members that loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his mother, Lynda Rae Laakso.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Chiampa Funeral Home, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury, MA. Randy’s funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Randy’s honor to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306. https://t2t.org/.