Ransford Cline-Thomas

Ransford Reginald Cline-Thomas

Monday, September 15th, 1947 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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    Greenwood Union Cemetery
    North Street
    RYE, NY 10580
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Motlatsi Motsoasele

Posted at 04:36pm
I remember how we used to tease you about your insatiable appetite for wristwatches! I recall the times when you would invite me to co- narrate PERSPECTIVE with you.
Most importantly I’ll forever remember you for the consummate professional you were in your chosen line of work.
Farewell, my brother and may your soul rest in eternal peace. Motlatsi


Posted at 03:50pm
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
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Gail and Sydney

Posted at 02:39pm
With heartfelt condolences to your family, and in loving memory of your professional and personal support and loyalty.
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Gail Bindley-Taylor

Posted at 02:27pm
From the time I entered the Radio Service I heard about Ransford Cline-Thomas, he was the voice of UN Radio and I had arrived while he was on mission. On his return he made sure to introduce himself and to practice his best Caribbean accent on me. (something he continued to do for years) We eventually found out that we rode the same train into the United Nations on the last leg of my ride in from Queens. Randy, Yvonne (who was from my country and already a trusted production assistant and friend of his) and I, became the number 7 train trio. Our friendship solidified with our daily train rides and the rest as they say is history. So began some 36 plus years of friendship.
It still feels so unreal to think of you as gone. You were one of my dearest and closest friends. The person whose professional opinion I valued the most. Editor par excellence and with a one of a kind voice and delivery that gave every documentary, magazine or news program its unique Cline-Thomas stamp. You were the person I bounced all my new program ideas off of. You could always come up with a catchy title or headline or a different approach. I could also always depend on you for another perspective.
We kept each other’s confidences and had a deep and healthy respect for our differing points of view. We could disagree vehemently but were always brutally honest and never stayed angry for long. We talked daily, even after I left the Radio Service and never ran out of things to say to each other. I still remember the speech you gave at my retirement party and the laughs people had at the numerous recollections among others of my calls to you for help with forgotten keys, or wallet or script when I was already in the 3rd basement garage and you were at your desk on the 8th floor.
I always remember when I was headed to Africa you said; "so who will you call when you are in trouble or forgot stuff somewhere?" And who did I call, you of course, even with an 8- hour time difference. You had my back, especially when it mattered most and for that I will always be grateful. I hope that I was an equally loyal, supportive and trustworthy friend.
You knew people from all over the UN system from your travels on mission assignment and your work with UN Radio. Your daily walks from the UN cafeteria to the 8th floor were always interspersed with endless warm and caring “hellos.” At the same you were a deeply private person, so I should not have been surprised that you never cultivated a social media presence. There is a part of you that none of us, even those close to you, ever got to know. Retirement seemed to make that harder and more distancing, and yet you never missed a retirement party for any of your friends and I will be forever grateful for your calls or emails to let me know who was leaving, or to share important information you thought I may have missed.
I will miss your constant teasing and your always upbeat larger than life personality. I will miss that wicked smile and that laugh that rumbled through your whole body. I cannot forget the whistling, or singing, or dancing that usually heralded your entrance into my office. You were the first person who tried to convince me that JLO could sing and you were always the life of the party in the days when the 8th floor was a place of celebration of birthdays and special work anniversaries, retirements and end of year activities.
I will miss your warmth, your silliness and your bear hugs. I will miss YOU. I pray you did not suffer, and I know as a person of faith that you are with the Father. Walk well dear Randy. Rest in peace and rise in glory.
My deepest condolences to Aurelia and Natasha and your extended family.

Gail Bindley-Taylor
Former DPI Information Officer

Samir Sanbar

Posted at 03:21am
Ransford Cline-Thomas ,an outstanding communicator, caring colleague and dignified friend with a refreshing sense of humor will be keenly missed .
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