CANDOER Retirement Group

A World-Wide Organization

Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

October 21, 2022 - Present

All member's addresses and bio have been removed from the Web site. A member list is available under the heading of "MEMBERSHIP LIST" on the Main Menu. I am still keeping the bio information up-to-date off-line. If you have a change to your information, please send it to be at my e-mail address of If you are a member and wish to get information on another member, send me an email message and I will furnish it! I moved the bio's off-line because I was unable to fix the password program I was using, and it allowed ANYONE to see all your information. Everyone who has furnished an email address you can find their email address on the Main Menu under E-Mail Adds (A thru L) and E-Mail Adds (M thru Z).

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Monday, January 09, 2023

For several years now the monthly Washington DC Area CANDOER Luncheons have been held at a TGI Friday's in Springfield, VA. Sometime shortly after our November luncheon they had a fire in the kitchen and had to shut down. For our December luncheon we rerouted to the Silver Diner in Springfield, but we were not happy with the prices or quality of the food.

I talked to the TGIFriday's manager today and he said that for the near future they are not going to open until 4:00 p.m. each day. This means we need to find a new restaurant for our monthly luncheons.

One of the regular attendees suggested we try the following restaurant:

Delia's Pizzeria & Grille
6715-F Backlick Road
Springfield, VA 22150
Low-key spot whipping up pizzas, pastas, sandwiches & salads
(703) 451-0242

I looked on Google Earth Pro and it appears to have plenty of free parking.

If they do not meet our needs I will look for another place.

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Mike Sulak furnished a new snail-mail address for Kathy McQuigan. Thanks Mike for helping me keep my records up-to-date! Mike reported that Kathy is now living in the Cherry Hill Assisted Senior Living Facility.

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Monday, December 18, 2022

Death of Frank Meyers

At our December Luncheon Hal Hutson reported that Frank Meyers had passed on July 14, 2022!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Death of Lionel "Babe" Martin

Babe Martin

Lionel R. “Babe” Martin, 84, passed from this life on November 17, 2022, to start a life with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born August 26, 1938, in Edmundston, NB, Canada, the son of Patrick and Marth (Albert) Martin.

Babe moved from Madawaska to Brewer at the age of 14 with his family and enrolled as a freshman at John Bapst High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Upon his completion from the military, he returned to his hometown of Brewer and served a short time on the Brewer Police Force. Babe married his first love, Jane Montgomery, and took a job with the United States Government State Department, where he worked honorably for 30 years. He traveled as a courier to many places in the world.

Lionel volunteered his time to coach kids in many sports. He and his wife Patti spent a year at St. Michaels’s Mission in AZ. He was a master of all trades, from a plumbing job to teaching girls and boys many different sports. Lionel was well-loved and respected by all who knew him.

He loved sports of all kinds, his favorites being the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He loved discussing politics and being of a democratic persuasion. He didn’t back down on his standards.

In addition to his parents, Lionel was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Martin; son, Martin Kuhn; grandson, Matthew Daily; brothers, John Martin and Bob Martin.

Babe is survived by his wife, Janet (Patti) Doucet-Martin; son, Joe Martin and wife, Jen; daughters, Annette Daily and husband, John, and Kathy Martin; brothers, Lou Martin and wife, Vicki; sisters, Frances Harrill and husband, Jim, and Patti Martin; brother-in-law, Jack Montgomery; many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Babe inherited a large family from his wife Patti, starting with Lynn Nicke, Carol and husband, Bob, Joey and wife, Nikki, Rene and husband, Russ, Jonathan and Jason.

He is also has many grandchildren, Mathew, now gone; Maya, Samantha, Alex, Anthony, Nadine, Aaron, Bailey, Kaitlin, Lily, Ethan, and Hunter.

Babe will be sadly missed by his family, who truly loved him, and his many beautiful friends, both near and far. He truly believed in the teachings of the Catholic Church and in singing God's praises with the choir. Now that you are finally joined with your wife Jane again, may you rest in peace in the knowledge of a life well lived.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at St. Paul the Apostle, St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor. Those wishing to attend the Mass remotely may do so by visiting The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the Parish Hall immediately following the Mass. The Rite of Committal will be in the Quantico National Cemetery, Virginia.

Those wishing to remember Lionel in a special way may make gifts in his memory to a charity of your choice.

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Death of Lionel "Babe" Martin

Babe Martin

It is sadness and deep regret that I report the passing of a dear friend, Lionel "Babe" Martin! I received the following from his daughter, Kathy, this morning:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our Father/Grandfather Lionel(Babe) Martin. We could not have asked for a better Dad/Granddad. He was kind, compassionate and had a love for life. He was always there to get us through the tough times. He loved to talk and tell stories and always gave us a good laugh. We take comfort in knowing how much he was loved by everyone who knew him. As difficult as it is for us to lose him, we know he is at peace and reunited with Mom, his son Martin, and sadly his Grandson Matthew.

We love you Dad and will miss you but you will forever be a part of us.

RIP Dad,

Kathy, Joe, Annette and Alex

NOTE: For those wishing to send condolences to his family the following is furnished:

Mrs. Patti Martin
35 Frenchmen Lane, Unit 2
Orrington, ME 04474

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Status of Lionel "Babe" Martin

I received word from Kathy Martin, Babe's Daughter than Babe has had a stroke and is in the hospital. She has asked for our prayers!

For those wishing to send a get well card the following is furnished:

Lionel R. Martin (Patti)
35 Frenchmen Lane, Unit 2
Orrington, ME 04474
Cell: (207) 951-2191

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Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Death of John Adam Tyburski

John Tyburski

John Adam Tyburski, age 80, of Springfield, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. John was born February 26, 1942.

John passed after a long, brave, battle against Esophageal Cancer!

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Tyburski family.

Thanks to Mike Sulak for furnishing the above information!

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Friday, November 04, 2022

Death of Jenny P. Potter

Jenny Potter

I received word from Mark Butchart that his former wife had passed away. He asked that I post her obituary.

It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved sister, Jenny Paige Potter, graciously accepted her invitation to Heaven on October 20, 2022. She passed peacefully after a fierce battle with lung cancer. Jenny was born in Albany, Georgia on December 1, 1960, of the late James Edwin Potter, Jr. and Shirley Ann Larrett Potter. Jenny’s was a life well-lived with great courage and an adventurous spirit. At 61 years young, Jenny was taken from us far too soon, all the while grabbing pieces of our individual and collective hearts as she left us.

Jenny followed her father's footsteps into the Navy and was very proud of her military service. She later joined the State Department Foreign Service and traveled extensively with her then husband, Mark Butchart. Jenny obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and worked into the role of financial management officer. During her decades long career, Jenny worked in many foreign countries such as China, Germany, Swaziland, Nigeria, Algeria, Columbia and Panama; however, If asked her favorite duty station, she would not hesitate to say,” Tel Aviv, Israel”. Jenny was tremendously happy that she could bring our mother to visit Israel, experience that trip with her and fulfill her lifelong dream.

Jenny’s love language was acts of service and her acts were the glue that has kept our family tethered. She was the first one to help and the last one to leave, she gave selflessly of her time, physical strength and financial resources to those she loved. She was loving, gracious, forgiving and did not operate in malice aforethought. Jenny was our caretaker during illness, our biggest cheerleader and the best friend we ever had.

Jenny’s passing leaves us broken hearted. She is survived by five brothers, Joe (Deborah) Potter, William Potter, and John Potter, all of Sylvester, GA; Daniel (Stacy) Potter of Albany, GA and David Potter of Leesburg, GA; and three sisters, Laney Koulovatos of Charleston, SC; Lauria (Tony) Grift of Champaign, IL; and Mary Potter of Albany, GA. Jenny is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews – all who were greatly loved.

Jenny is preceded in death by her two brothers, James “Jimmy” Potter and Jeffrey Potter as well as her beloved niece, Lindey Thompson. Also mourning are many life-long friends, several of whom she reconnected with later in her life. These conversations were of great comfort to her as she battled her illness.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm Hall & Hall Funeral Home with Rev. Robin Chaplin officiating. The family will hold a celebration of life for Jenny at a later date to be announced.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

While on a trip to Honolulu visiting my granddaughter Annie, who attends Hawaii Pacific University, I received the following from Joe Chaddic. Recently he gave a 90 minute talk about his career at a local community college. Below is a link to the speech. I found it very interesting.

Just below the sign-in box you will find the link to Joe's speech. You do not have to create a sign in, just click on the link!

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Friday, October 21, 2022

The following was received from Mark Copeland and is posted here for your information:

Immediate Change to Annuitant Employee Express and Employee Express: Locking Inactive Accounts After 60 Days

Effective October 15, 2022, all Annuitant Employee Express (AEEX) and Employee Express (EEX) accounts ( will be locked after 60 days of inactivity.

AEEX and EEX will send email reminders to the annuitant and employee email address on file 30 days, 15 days, and 5 days prior to the account being locked out for 60 days of inactivity.

To access AEEX, annuitants must have an email address on file. AEEX access assistance can be requested via the Help Request link on the AEEX website in the top right of the page. If the Help Request link is chosen, under the Agency drop down menu, please select Department of State (Foreign Service Annuitants/Retiree). Once unlocked, the AEEX Help Desk will send the user an email message. The user will then be able to log in through to gain access to their account. Please reach out to for assistance with adding email address information to annuitant files, if necessary.

For questions regarding this notice, please email For questions using the functionality, please send inquiries to the helpdesk:


The Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services Global Compensation (CGFS/GC) Communications Team