Randy Collins Death – The Christian community in London and beyond grieve the passing of one of their catalytic leaders, Randy Collins. Randy Collins, the owner of Saturn of London and later Hully Gully in London, Ontario was announced dead today, Tuesday, the 27th of June 2023. He died after a brief medical encounter with a stroke. Randy was a “get it done” kind of guy and invested more in God’s kingdom. His impact and fingerprints will be felt for generations to come. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.
So sad to hear about the passing of Randy Collins. Randy and his wife Audrey were owners of Saturn of London and later Hully Gully! Their family were also instrumental in the creation of a number of Saturn Playgrounds across the city. He was a big supporter of the City of London and will be sorely missed by many across our area.
Randy and Audrey Collins were raised in Windsor, Ontario, a predominantly flat region situated across the border from Detroit, Michigan. The city was known for its automotive industry and mild winters. While Randy grew up on a dairy farm, he had been employed as a pipe fitter at Chrysler Canada. However, the couple decided to embark on an adventurous journey with their young children by purchasing a farm.
Randy was a devoted supporter of the City of London, but they made a significant move three hours north to Varna, a location in the snowbelt east of Lake Huron. Adjacent to their farmhouse, there was a gully that, along with the song “The Hully Gully Baby,” served as inspiration for naming their farm and herd.
About Hully Gully
The Hully Gully is a type of unstructured line dance often considered to have originated in the 1960s but is also mentioned some forty years earlier as a dance common in the black juke joints in the first part of the twentieth century. In its modern form, it consisted of a series of “steps” that are called out by the MC. Each step was relatively simple and easy to execute; however, the challenge was to keep up with the speed of each step.
The phrase “Hully Gully” or “Hull da Gull” comes from a folk game in which a player shakes a handful of nuts or seeds and asks his opponent “Hully Gully, how many?” “Hully Gully” is also a phrase in the pro-wrestling world as the predicament a wrestler finds himself in when hanging between the ring ropes or possibly tangled within said ropes. Made famous by the legendary Dusty Rhodes.
Randy Collins obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by the family.
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