CANDOER Retirement Group

A World-Wide Organization

Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

April 15, 2020 - Present

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Susan Musser has furnished all new contact information. She now resides in Florida. Thanks Susan for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Friday, July 24, 2020 - 3:45 p.m.

Death of Nivea Ribera

It is with sadness and deep regret that I inform you that I received word from Bob that his wife passsed away this morning.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to Bob the following is furnished:

Robert C. Ribera
821 Lake Port Boulevard, Apt. M507
Leesburg, FL 34748
Home: (352) 460-0691

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 2:45 p.m.

Death of Benjamin Ray "Candy" Candelaria


Medal of Honor Recipient

I received word from Erick Moran of the death of one of our colleagues and a good friend of Erick's:

Benjamin Ray Candelaria (aka Candy) passed away peacefully in Cottonwood, AZ after suffering a number of years from Alzheimer's disease.

His wife of 43 years, Barbara, and his stepson, Christopher Silva precede him in death.

He leaves his daughter, Rebecca Cooper (Gene) of Prior Lake, MN; his son Benjamin Candelaria Jr. (Hannah Roosa) of Providence, RI; his daughter, Marilyn Granados and his son, Matthew Candelaria, (Minta) both of Prescott, AZ. There are 8 grandchildren who include Christopher, Emily and Nicholas Cooper; Benjamin Ray III, Hannah and Sophie Candelaria; Sarah and Samantha Granados.

Ben loved his grandchildren as long as they didn't get between him and his television. "You make a better door than a window!"

Born and raised in Redlands, CA, he worked in the orange groves lighting smudge pots while attending Redlands High where he met his wife, Barbara. He joined the United States Navy as a teenager (fudging his date of birth) during WWII before transitioning to the United States Air Force at its inception. In the Air Force, he achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E9) and earned countless awards and the Medal of Honor. He served in three wars: WWII, Korean and Vietnam. He retired from the USAF in 1975 at which time he went to work for both Rockwell and Raytheon Intl. in Corona, CA. He then joined the US Department of State and served over ten years. His military and DOS careers included assignments in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the United States. He put down permanent roots with Barbara in Prescott, AZ in 1992 after retirement. Barbara passed away in 1997.

Ben was an avid golfer and was on many a bowling team. He taught each of his children how to spot bowl, which was approached with the discipline and seriousness he felt was deserved of his much-loved sport. The last love of his life was a 1992 BMW 535i, picked up from the factory in Stockholm, Sweden and shipped to Long Beach Harbor where he welcomed her with open arms. Just ask anybody. His friends, acquaintances or even the mailman. Yep, they all knew how much she meant to him. Ben enjoyed a good meal and would eat just about anything except mushrooms. "Fungus!" When a bowl of "frijoles and beans" was placed before him his reliable exclamation would be "I've died and gone to heaven!" He must be enjoying a bowl with flour tortillas and chili right about now.

There will not be a funeral service held in Prescott, rather a military honors ceremony will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA at a date to be determined.

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Monday, June 01,2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Will Saylor furnished a new e-mail address and telephone number. Thank you for helping me keep my data base up-to-date!

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Friday, May 29, 2020 - 11:05 a.m.

Death of Paul Del Giudice

Paul Del Giudice

It is with deep regret and deep sadness I notify you of the passing of Paul this morning at 2:30 a.m. I received work from his wife Eileen just a few minutes ago. Paul was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer about 3 years ago that had spread to his hip and then spread to other organs. He passed after a week in Fair Oaks Hospital and a week in hospice. The luncheons won't be the same without Paul being there! RIP Paul! Gone in body but in our hearts and minds forever.

Those wishing to contact Eileen the following is furnished:

Eileen Del Giudice
10825 Broadwater Drive
Fairfax, VA 22032
Tel: (703) 278-8934

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Friday, May 22, 2020 - 1:40 p.m.

Death of Hugh A. Buffman, Sr.

Hugh Jr. informed me of the passing of his father on the 21st of May. Hugh Sr. served as technical support for Bonn Bax from 1977 to 1992. He was a few days short of celebrating his 89th birthday (June 1, 1931 - May 21, 2020).

Anyone wishing to send condolences to Hugh Jr. his contact information is as follows:

Hugh A. Buffham, Jr.
6758 Scott Road
Jamestown, PA 16134-5826
Tel: (724) 927-2265

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Friday, May 22,2020 - 1:30 p.m.

Richard Hoffer furnished a new e-mail address. Thank you for helping me keep my data base up-to-date!

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Wednesday, April 22,2020 - 11:40 a.m.

Ed Wilson's badge

Ed Wilson sent me pictures of him recently being sworn in as a Detective in the Dunnellon, Florida Police Department.

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Wednesday, April 15,2020 - 1:40 p.m.

Jake Kocher furnished a new e-mail address. Thanks Jake for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 1:30 p.m.

Death of Elvira "Vera" Barone

Vera Barone

Elvira "Vera" Barone, 85, of Windham, NH passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, March 14, 2020. She was born on June 7, 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA to Anita (Nardi) and Agostino Barone.

Vera began her 30 year career with the United States Department of State as one of the few females working in the communications department in the US Embassy for the US Foreign Service. She traveled the world and visited 64 countries seeing places no ordinary tourist would. While working and living in Iran she was part of the little publicized hostage situation that happened in February of 1979, when she was held hostage for 4 days.

Following her retirement Vera made her home on Cobbett’s Pond in Windham, NH.

She was a free spirit, always up for an adventure whether it was hot air ballooning, going on safari or tasting the local cuisine. In addition to her love of traveling with her sister and friends, she enjoyed cruising the lake on her pontoon boat.

Vera is survived by her loving family, sister, Rose Chrissis and her husband James of Windham, NH; her niece Lisa Chrissis Nikitas and husband Michael of Windham NH and nephews, Dr. James Chrissis Jr. and his wife Deborah of Vandalia OH, Jeffrey Chrissis and his wife Cynthia of Powell, OH, Byron Chrissis and his wife Lynn of Windham, NH, and Anthony Barone and his wife Donna of Waynesburg, PA, nine great- nieces and nephews; and one great great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Albert Barone. Services will be private.

Thanks to Judy Chidester for bringing Vera's passing to my attention.
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