Randolph Tartagio, 54, a jeweler in Chestnut Hill for 17 years, died Aug. 4 of injuries he suffered in a fall in Cape Coral, Fla., where he had been living for the past two years.

Mr. Tartaglio had operated Randolph’s Fine Jewelry since 1997 at 7902 Germantown Ave. He sold the business in 2014 and moved to Florida the following year. He was working on the roof of his home when the accident occurred.

Born in Atlantic City, N.J., Mr Tartaglio was raised in Absecon, N.J., and graduated from Atlantic City High School.

When he was 18 years old, helping his father build a concrete vault for Atlantic City jewelry designer Carl Marsini, the young Tartaglio observed Marsini at work just long enough to realize he wanted to “turn in my sledge hammer for a jewelry hammer,” and began what would become a six-year apprenticeship with Marsini.

He went on to open his own jewelry store in Brigantine, N.J., and then, from 1992-1996, he was a subcontractor for J.E. Caldwell & Co. He opened Randolph’s in 1997 and over the years created a following of faithfully appreciative customers.

Mr. Tartaglio is survived by his father, Robert Tartaglio Sr.; and his mother, Roberta Dingel. A brother, Robert Tartaglio Jr., preceded him in death. – WF

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