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Alfred Joseph Candido, Sr.
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Mr. Alfred Joseph Candido Sr., 88, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Masonic Care Community.

Al was born in Utica on December 18, 1928, a son of the late Joseph and Mary Divina (DeFazio) Candido. He was educated in local schools and a graduate of TR Proctor High School. Al later attended Utica College, where he received a Bachelorís Degree in Science. He continued his education and was awarded a Masterís at SUNY Cortland in Health Science Education. Al served our country in the Naval Reserve during the Korean War.

On August 4, 1949, Al was joined in marriage to the former Anne M. Pitrel. Anne and Al shared a marriage filled with love and devotion to each other for over fifty-four years. His beloved Anne passed away on September 9, 2003 and appropriately he has now joined her on Valentineís Day.

Mr. Candidoís work career began at the lab at Utica Psychiatric Center and later as a Medical Technologist then as Chief Technologist at Faxton Hospital Laboratory for over twenty years. Al went on to a career as a Health Science Teacher with the Utica City School District. He eventually retired after twenty years as the Director of the Utica Teachers Center. Never one to be idle, Al also worked at Vernon Downs for fifteen years, as well as volunteering in many local nursing homes.

Al Candido was a true Christian Gentleman in every sense; he was a lifelong devoted communicant of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, where he was an usher and member of its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Knights of St. John; active in the Utica Teachers Union; served on the Board of the Utica Red Cross, where he was a past president; and also served on the Board of Directors of the NY-Penn American Red Cross Bank.

Al gave his all to his God, his family, and his community, and will be sadly missed by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred Jr. and Debbie Candido, of Kayuta Lake, and Dominic and Teresa Candido, of Hanover, NH; his adored granddaughter, Brandi Candido, who was like a daughter to him; his beloved grandson, Luke Candido; great granddaughter, Alexis N. Candido; he was like a brother to his in-laws, Dominic and Theresa Pitrel and Carmella DeCotis and the late Alfonso DeCotis, and the late Rosie and Rick Dimeo; and also many beloved nieces and nephews. Al will be missed by his many friends and the patrons of the Marr-logg Restaurant where he was daily fixture for over twenty five years.

He was predeceased by his three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Dominic Candido, Raymond and Joy Candido, and Joseph and Josie Candido; and one sister and brother-in-law, Cora and William Campanaro.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial with Military Honors on Friday at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish. He will be laid to rest beside his wife at Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., at Mohawk St., Utica.

The family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Masonic Home, especially the Bronx Unit, for the loving care and compassion shown to our dad during his stay there.

In memory of Al, please consider donations to the Alfred J. Candido Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund to be established at T.R. Proctor High School or The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Donations may be made at the funeral home.

The Knights of St. John Co 385 will meet Thursday at 6:30 pm at the funeral home for ritualistic services.

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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GOD's BLESSINGS Cuz! Give our LOVE Ann and keep lots for yourself! Cousin Carl

Written by Carl Capraro
2017-02-15 4:08:28 PM

Al and family....our deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Dad. A man among men, now in Heaven. Ralph Paladino and family

Written by Ralph Paladino
2017-02-15 9:37:16 PM

To the Candido family We are so sorry to hear of your loss he was a great guy. We will keep you in our prayers.With Deepest Sympathy Jimmy &Maryrose Schiavetta

Written by James Schiavetta
2017-02-16 11:25:41 PM

Alfred, Dominic and families, my heart is sad after hearing the news about Al. He was one of the nicest men I have ever known. He is gone but will never be forgotten. Peace, prayers and blessings to all of you at this time.....Love, Annette Martellotto

Written by Annette Martellotto Hawkins
2017-02-16 11:34:56 AM

Al and Dominic my condolences to you and the family. Your father led a long life and knowing what we were taught he is at peace with your mother again after all these years. You have many memories that will get you through the difficult times, always rely on them to put a smile on your face when you think of your parents. Your father was an integral part of our lives in East Utica and most of all at Mt. Carmel. He was like a second father to many of us giving us advice when needed. He was an exceptional man that was so devoted to his love, your mother. I'm sure he is looking down on you now alongside your mother with a smile on their faces looking at the legacy they have. I'm sorry I won't be able to pay my respects in person, but know I will keep you, the family and most of all him in my prayers this week. My he RIP.

Written by Bob Ollerenshaw
2017-02-16 2:14:02 PM

Al and family, My sincere sympathy on your loss, may the Lord give you peace in knowing that his soul is now in heaven.

Written by Francis Horgan
2017-02-16 3:20:02 PM

Al,Debbie and family, Please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Losing a parent is so hard and there are no words that can take the pain away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Written by Jim and Annette Simpson
2017-02-16 8:00:30 PM

To all of the wonderful Candidos and extended family, please accept sincere and heartfelt sympathy for the passing of a man I had the pleasure of knowing first through my childhood friend Barbara and then later as one of my favorite teachers. How easy it was to be around him. May he Rest In Peace with his beautiful bride who was also a gem. God bless and help you during this sad time. Therese Plante TC

Written by Therese Plante
2017-02-17 3:09:08 AM

Al, Debbie and family, We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Sincerely, Erlene and Joe Puleo

Written by Erlene Puleo
2017-02-17 5:54:03 AM

Al my condolences on your loss. Don Wolanin

Written by Donald wolanin
2017-02-22 1:03:26 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Candido Family. The mold was broken when Al was born. Memories of my childhood at Mt. Carmel Church were fond ones of Al. Through his life he was the nicest man to all he encountered. RIP Mr. Candido ‚úĚÔłŹ

Written by Lorraine J Dominick
2017-02-26 2:23:35 AM

Alfred and Dominick, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing he was such a wonderful man. So many memories of our younger days and at Proctor with him. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Written by Sabrina Cozza
2017-03-04 12:56:44 PM

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort in warm memories. And the coming promises from the Bible. Revelation 21:3,4 "With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say:'Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.'"

Written by Thomasa McCleave
2017-03-12 3:34:16 AM