ERIE, Pa. — Gerald “Jerry” R. Candela, age 89, of Erie, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Manchester Commons.
He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on June 20, 1924, the son of the late Anthony and Sarah Kangas Candela. He graduated from Ashtabula H.S. and the Ohio University School of Journalism. Jerry served in the WWII Army’s Fifth Armored Division and was wounded; recuperated in a London Hospital, and then received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
He was employed as a courthouse reporter for the Erie Times News, was a legislative assistant to Congressman James Weaver, MD and County Executive Russell Robinson, worked for the Erie Chamber of Commerce, and was a real estate agent for New Horizon.
Jerry was a member of St. Luke R.C. Church and was a Times Old Newsie. He was a long-time musician; playing the drums and he especially enjoyed his pets: Googa (dog), Naja (dog), and Kitty Cat.
Jerry gave generously of his time to the community and he truly loved helping those less fortunate. Jerry was very proud of his family and enjoyed visiting with his grandchildren. He was loved by all. May he rest in God’s Peace.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sara Coyne.
He is survived by two sons, Sean P. Candela (Mary Schupp Candela) of Millcreek and Brian Candela (Annie) of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Patricia Massi of Wadsworth, Ohio; six grandchildren, Derek, Braden, Xavier, Sara, Carlo and Jacob Candela; one nephew, Greg Massi; and two nieces, Cheryl Peto and Janice Pate.
Friends may attend a Memorial Mass at St. Luke R.C. Church, 421 E. 38th St., on Saturday, Jan. 11th, at 1:30 p.m. Private interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Humane Society of NW PA, 2407 Zimmerly Road, Erie, Pa. 16506.
Arrangements were handled by DUSCKAS-MARTIN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 4216 Sterrettania Road, Erie. Obituary and condolences at starbeacon.com.