Charles (Chuck/Candy) John Candiano

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit CandianoChuck was born February 8, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to Concettina (Avola) and Carlo Candiano. 

He grew up in an Italian-Polish neighborhood in Chicago, and attended Wells High School, where he played trumpet in the school band and participated in student government and theater.

An avid music lover, he managed to see all the popular big bands of the era whenever they came to town. 

Following high school, he worked four years at Wrap-In-Wax Paper Company before attending University of Arizona in Tucson, where he continued to play the trumpet, joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and received a BS in business administration/advertising.

To fulfill his ROTC requirements, he completed 2 years of military service in the U.S. Army, serving as platoon leader and company executive officer in Recon Company, 4th Infantry Division.

In 1957, Chuck and Sally Neill married in Encino, Calif., after meeting in the U.S. Officers’ Club in Frankfurt, Germany where he was stationed after World War II and she was employed at the U.S. Embassy in the Foreign Service Corps.

They lived briefly in Arizona, where Chuck attended the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird). 

From there, while he pursued a career in international business, they moved to Wash. D.C., NYC, Chicago and New Mexico before moving to Los Altos, Calif., where they lived for 37 years and raised their daughter, Nicole.

Chuck worked in the wine industry in California (Italian Swiss Colony, Christian Brothers, Mirassou) for 34 years.  He traveled extensively overseas during this time. He  was a pioneer in the export of California wines in an era when they were just beginning to be recognized around the world.

Chuck was chosen to accompany the California secretary of state on a trade mission to Asia during the late 1970s — a career highlight.  He maintained warm and long-lasting friendships over the years with his business contacts in many countries.

Chuck and Sally retired to Cloverdale, Calif., in 2000, where they enjoyed visiting the nearby wineries and the redwood forests of Northern California and made many new friends. 

In 2006, they moved to Washington to be closer to family and resided at Emerald Heights in Redmond, where their circle of friends expanded again.

Chuck was a devoted husband, exemplary father and proud grandfather.

Family always came first for him. 

Following a serious stroke in the late 90s, he endured many years of disability with humor and grace, always making sure others were comfortable.  His generosity was immeasurable.

Chuck died November 19, 2013.  He was 84.

Chuck was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sally, and sister, Nancy Mylander.

He is survived by his daughter, Nicole; son-in-law, Bruce (Johnson); granddaughter, Caya; sister, Grace Santangelo (Bartlett, Ill.); one niece, four nephews and their families.

A memorial Sservice will be held on Dec. 14, at 11a.m. at Emerald Heights, Redmond, Wash.

A Funeral Mass will be said on Dec. 16, 9AM at St. Jude Catholic Church, Redmond Wash.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toThe EvergreenHealth Foundation, Hospice Services, 12040 NE 128th St, MS 5, Kirkland, WA, 98034-3013,


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