A founding organizer of the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Festival died just after celebrating his 50th year volunteering for the organization.
74 year old John Randinelli died of a heart attack Sunday in Auburn.
The Pennsylvania native moved to Auburn in 1964, where he began his career in banking and established himself as “Auburn’s biggest cheerleader.
It was Randinelli’s involvement with the Jaycees that led him to help park cars for the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Festival in 1964. Since then, Randinelli helped put Auburn on the map in various volunteer roles.
Randinelli was honored just last Thursday with a plaque celebrating his 50th and final year as an official volunteer for the ACD festival.
Randinelli’s death on Sunday was a “huge shock” for the community.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Auburn Presbyterian Church, where Randinelli was a member. Calling will be Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn.