CANDOER Retirement Group

A World-Wide Organization

Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

February 09, 2020 - Present

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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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Tuesday, March 23, 2020 - 7:40 p.m.

N O T I C E -- Washington, DC Area CANDOER Luncheons are cancelled until further notice due to the Coronavirus! Pray all of you stay safe and well! Take care!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.

Death of Mark Cole

I received the following information from Mike McCaffrey:

Bob: It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing away of Mark Cole, retired Foreign Service Communicator. His wife, Evelyn, just called us. Mark passed away last night at a hospital in Las Vegas after having been admitted several weeks ago. This is all the information I have at the moment. I’ll provide more as I find out. I was stationed with Mark in Beijing, and we saw them many times in Las Vegas over the years.

Cards of sympathy can be addressed to:

Mrs. Evelyn Cole
217 Ocean Gate Way
Las Vegas NV 89128-7463

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.

We have two new members, Sammy De la Torre Davila and significant other, Aidelyn Baba Portalatin! Welcome aboard!

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Friday, March 06, 2020 - 11:30 a.m.

Death of Kenneth J. Charvat

I received the following obituary from an anonymous source:

Kenneth J. Charvat, age 59, passed away November 7, 2018 at Hospice House surrounded by his family.

He was born July 18, 1959 in Cleveland. Ken was a U.S. Marine Corps and Army Veteran.

He worked in Information Technology at Kaman Industrial Tech Corp.

Ken is the beloved husband of Margaret (nee Cook); loving father of Matthew (Leigh), Andrew (fiancée, Ellen), and David; grandfather of Anna, Jonathan, and Baby C; son of Margaret J. and the late Frank Charvat; brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Novovember 12 at 10 a.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 7575 Bellflower Rd. in Mentor. Burial was at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman on Tuesday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Anyone wishing to send Margaret condolences the following is furnished:

Margaret Charvat

6433 Carter BLVD #BL,

Mentor, OH 44060

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Friday, March 06, 2020 - 11:15 a.m.

I received the following link from Karlie Kramer Managing Medical Expenses in Retirement

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Thursday, March 05, 2020 - 8:30 p.m.

The following was received from Jim Norton and is for you action/information:

CANDOER colleagues.

I occasionally see interesting and relevant job opportunity announcements on our CANDOER list.

You may not be aware that FEMA has paid reservist job opportunities within their Disaster Emergency Communications Division. I have been a FEMA reservist for over two-years, primarily serving as a Mobile Communications Office Vehicle operator and now also as a FEMA instructor. Other than for training missions, all of my deployments were President declared, federal disasters (NC and FL hurricanes, MO flooding.) FEMA salary specifically during a presidential declared disaster deployment is exempt from the federal retirement annuity cap – a significant plus for us federal retirees.

If any CANDOER wants more information on FEMA reservist job opportunities and typical deployment missions, feel free to contact me directly ( (FYI: There are more reservist employees in FEMA than regular FTE. Lots of job opportunities in a variety of skill sets and experience, including COMMS and IT.)

And yes, I am still a part-time (WAE) Dept. of State, OIG Inspector. Will be in DC the next couple of months and hope to attend one of the upcoming Springfield CANDOER lunches.

Best regards from West Michigan.

Jim Norton

The following vacancy announcement has posted within the Disaster Emergency Communications Division. Please share this announcement with any qualified/interested candidates.

Job Title: Telecommunications Specialist (Disaster Emergency Communications Group Supervisor)

Link to Announcement:

This announcement will close on 3/12/2020. Please contact: with any questions regarding this announcement.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2020 - 11:30 a.m.

Death of Floyd Hagopian

Floyd Hagopian

I received the following obituary from Mike Sulak:

Floyd Hagopian, 75, died Jan. 1, in Sebastian, Fla. Floyd served in the U.S. Navy prior to joining the Foreign Service in the 1960s. Serving as an information management officer, Hagopian held posts in London, Djakarta, Moscow, Saigon, Bangui, Niamey, Bonn, Abidjan, Warrenton, Kinshasa, Pretoria, and Asmara. He retired in 1996 and continued another 15 years in the Foreign Service as an eligible family member in Mbabane, Asuncion, Lilongwe, Tokyo, Tashkent, Ouagadougou, and Yaounde in many different offices. In retirement, he enjoyed softball, tennis, darts, and was an avid card player. He is survived by his wife, Patti; two daughters; and two siblings.

Floyd chose to not furnish an address so I cannot furnish information so you may send Patti condolences!

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Tuesday, March 03, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

Death of Ralph C. Girdner

Chuck Chesteen received word from Shirley Girdner that Ralph passed away on February 28, 2020. Shirley reported he would be creamated and a memorial service would be held at a later date.

Anyone wishing to send Shirley condolences, the below is furnished:

Shirley Girdner
5505 Sundance Place,
Tucson, AZ 85718

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 3:40 p.m.

We have two new members. Lisa Chichester (Daughter of Bil Hempel) and Mari Jain Womack. Welcome aboard ladies!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 3:30 p.m.

Novak to climb the Columbia Tower again to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Robert Novak

69 Flights I 1,356 Steps I 788 Ft. Vertical Elevation

Here I am training at the station in November

Climb. Conquer. Cure.

A number of friends and supporters had asked if I was climbing again this year, YES - I am again participating in the 29th annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 8, 2020 in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Before I ascend the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle, WA, I will be raising funds throughout the season in the name of funding and finding a cure. Please consider making a donation to not only help me achieve my personal fundraising goal, but to benefit patients and their families everywhere.

This year I will be dedicating my climb to the grandson of a foreign service colleague I served with in both Abidjan and Vienna. He is 3 years old and his name is Grant. He was recently diagnosed with leukemia, a disease that also targeted his father around the same age.

What is the LLS Firefighter Stairclimb?

The LLS Firefighter Stairclimb is the world's largest on-air stair climb competition, and annual fundraiser held at the tallest building in town, the Columbia Center. All 2,000 participants are career, volunteer, or retired firefighters who will climb up the second tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi in full turnout gear, weighing over 60 pounds, while on-air. Throughout this grueling course, we all remember that every step forward is representative of moving closer to a cure. Although this is an extreme test of physical endurance, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients endure. All proceeds raised directly benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and since its inception in 1991, this event has raised over $20 million thus far. Thank you for your time, consideration, and sincere generosity in this cause worth climbing for.

To donate, please click on the link: Locate the "Donate Now" button near the top of the Web page.

Thank you!

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Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

Death of Kenneth Lutes

Ken Lutes

I received the below obit from Mario Escobar (Ken was a CCO in 5440 for many years):

Kenneth Lutes, Master Sergeant, USAF, Ret. (Age 85) of Woodbridge, Virginia passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 7, 2020. Beloved husband of Christine Lutes for 17 years.

Kenneth is survived by sons Patrick Lutes and Mikel Todd Lutes and family; and his grandson Jacob Lutes.

Kenneth, one of eight children, is also survived by his brother, Bobby Lutes, and two sisters, Betty and Phyllis Lutes. Kenneth is also survived by his step-son Kenfrank Luyen Tra and step-daughter Jessica Tra and her children.

Friends called at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, February 14, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM with the funeral service beginning at 1:00 PM. Interment followed at Fairfax Memorial park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Kenneth’s name to Operation Smile.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 4:40 p.m.

Today I received another useful links from Sloane Scott to add to the "Useful Links" Web Page. Preparing your home for disaster

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 3:40 p.m.

Today I received two new useful links from Emily Strum to add to the "Useful Links" Web Page. The first, Seniors and Driving: A Guide and the second, Auto Insurance Guide for Seniors.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

Death of Dewey S. Holmes

Dewey Holmes

I received the below obit from Brenda Holmes:

Dewey S. Holmes, 90, a retired Foreign Service officer, died peacefully in Temple Hills, MD on January 25, 2020.

Mr. Holmes began his Foreign Service career after serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Fluent in Japanese, Dewey served tours in the Congo, Japan, Ethiopia, Burundi, Iceland, Singapore, Nicaragua, Beirut, and Burkina Faso. He received Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards for his work at State. He retired in 1985.

Mr. Holmes was born in Houston, Texas but made Maryland his home. His greatest joy was teaching Sunday school and playing golf. His wife, Odra Savannah Holmes, passed away in 2009. He is survived by his step son, daughter, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral service 10:30 a.m. at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home 7474 Landover, Rd, Landover, MD. Interment Private.

The following is furnished for those who wish to send the Holmes family condolences:
6705 Tall Oak Drive
Temple Hills, MD 20748

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