James R. Candage

BANGOR — After a short battle with cancer, James “Jim” R. Candage passed away July 18, 2012, at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Born June 18, 1945, in Machias, to Ralph and Lena Candage, Jim peacefully joined them as he was called home to rest.

He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Betty M. Leland; nephews, William and Bruce Smith, and Dennis Grindle. He is survived by sister, Nancy Grindle; nephews, Alonzo H. Grindle IV, Southwest Harbor; Jesse Loveland Jr., Ellsworth; nieces, Candace Winton, Hancock, Roxanne Landry, Kenduskeag, Susan Smith, Limestone; great-nieces, Kasey Geter, Ellsworth, Melanie LaPoint, Penobscot, Jennifer Dyer, Ellsworth, Kristy and Misty Smith, Ellsworth; great-nephews, Adam Grindle, Surry, Joshua LaPoint, Wilton, Jacob and Eric LaPoint, Castine; and seven great-great nieces and nephews.

Jim was a retired veteran whose naval career took him all over the world. Duty locations included: USS Talbot County, Panama, Davisville, R.I., Antarctica, USS California, USS Iwo Jima and many more. Jim earned four Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Antarctic Service Medal. He always had lots of stories to tell and had a really good sense of humor. Jim never met a stranger and enjoyed his special friends and times on 3rd Street. in Kenduskeag. He shared a favorite program, “Young & Restless” with his sister, Betty. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. Upon taking ill, Jim stayed at the Maine Veterans Home. It was there he found more friends and came to feel at “home.” Jim was a friend to everyone. He had a special love for a canine friend, “Dolly,” and her owner, Stacey of Ellsworth.

The kindness and friendships made at the Veterans Home will forever be appreciated by Jim’s family as we know he was provided with the best of care. A funeral will be held 1 p.m. Aug. 2, 2012, at Leland Cemetery, Trenton. In lieu of flowers, support of the Maine Veterans Home is requested as this would honor his wishes.

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