Sun Journal sports writer Randy Whitehouse dies at 51

Lee Horton, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine
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Apr. 26—Longtime Sun Journal sportswriter Randy Whitehouse, a respected and award-winning journalist, died Sunday.

Whitehouse, 51, had been battling back from serious health issues since January and was making significant progress until a setback late last week.

He was a dedicated journalist, but those who had the privilege of getting to know Randy know that nothing fulfilled him like his family: his son, Andrew, was his pride, and his late wife, Joyce, was his joy.

Randy started as a news reporter at the Sun Journal in 1996 — he once said that the proudest moment of his journalism career came while covering the ice storm of 1998 when he convinced the Sun Journal's editors to run a photo of Vice President Al Gore reaching to pick up a downed power line — before he switched to covering sports in 1999.

For the next 20-plus years, including a stint at the Kennebec Journal between August 2014 and September 2016, Randy became one of the most trusted and respected voices in Maine sports. Readers, athletes, coaches, athletic directors and his fellow sports journalists knew Randy could be counted on to cover sports with much excellence and little ego. He combined good writing with an ability to capture the humanity and personality of the subjects of his stories. Randy was private and humble and wasn't a fan of awards, but he still earned many, including earlier this year when he received an Associated Press Sports Editors top 10 award in the difficult features category.

Randy was known for his dry sense of humor. It could be found in his "Huddle Up" columns, and even more so when he was among his coworkers. Even the person on the receiving end of his sarcasm felt like they were in on the joke.