CANDOER Retirement Group

A World-Wide Organization

Communicators AND Others Enjoying Retirement

January 04, 2020 - 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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Thursday, Ma 12, 2022

I have posted a picture of the May 2022 Washington DC area luncheon attendees to the Picture Gallery!

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

We have a new member, Keith Fulton! Welcome aboard!

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Sunday, April 03, 2022

Funeral services for A J Kopiak

I received the following from AJ's son Andrew:

We will be having a service for my father Andrew J. Kopiak, Jr. on Friday, April 8th from 4-7 pm. The service will take place at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 W. Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046. We will have a blessing and military honors beginning at 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers, we would like to request donations to the following charity assisting children affected by the war in Ukraine:

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Death of A J Kopiak

I received word from Andrew X. Kopiak that his father, A J had passed away. As soon as funeral arrangements are known I will post them!

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Tuesday, March 29 - 3:00 p.m.

Received the following from Mike Sulak:

I found this in an old folder, thought it might be of interest to some! BAX Decomissioning Invitation.pdf

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Tuesday, March 29 - 2:40 p.m.

Received the following from Robert Novak:

Would you mind posting my “thank You” for all the support I received for my 2022 Firefighter Stair Climb in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I completed the climb on March 13.

Thanks for the support and encouragement of my Foreign Service supporters. It is a tribute to our FS extended family honoring our colleague, Rob Nolan’s memory with such generosity. Our climbing team crushed it (though I was crushed!) It was a great effort - collectively our five-man team raised over $9K, a record for us. You were represented with a group that had a fifty-year age spread between oldest and youngest climber; a father/son team; and a member of the survivor battalion – made up of only leukemia survivors in the Fire Service. You can also guess who was the oldest.

Some comments about the videos

One video is in the escalator - It gives you a sense of the dynamics and celebration as we headed to the stairwell via the outdoor plaza at the Columbia Tower. The other video is just prior to the entry to the 69 floor/1356 step stairwell. As you can see it was noisy and sunny (rare in Seattle in March) and the perfect send off.

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Friday, February 04, 2022 - 9:30 a.m.

Phil Blanchard furnished an up-date to e-mail address. Thanks Phil for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, February 03, 2022 - 9:30 p.m.

Jim Thompson furnished an up-date to e-mail address and telephone number. Thanks Jim for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, February 03, 2022 - 5:15 p.m.

Death of Christopher Gustavus

Today I received the following from Erick Morin in reference to the death and funeral arrangements for Chris:

On January 3rd, 2022, Chris entered the hospital with pneumonia as a complication of flu. He had been getting better very slowly, however on 2/2/2022 he had a massive heart attack and passed at 11:44 a.m. at Sentara Hospital, Woodbridge.

He leaves behind his four children, Tammy Williams, Jodi Tingle, Alexander Gustavus, and Kyra Gustavus. His two sisters Dot Blain and Kathryn Godden and his wife of 23 years Ellen Gustavus.

He was a kind and generous man who will be missed greatly not only by his family but also his friends.

Memorial service will be held at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Boulevard, Woodbridge, VA 22192 on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 12 noon. Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. The service will also be live streamed via Facebook.

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Thursday, February 03, 2022 - 3:30 p.m.

Kevin Bradshaw furnished an up-date to his bio, including a new e-mail address. He retired in 2014 and is now residing in Tamarac, Florida. Thanks Kevin for helping me keep my records up-to-date!

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Thursday, February 03, 2022 - 10:30 a.m.

Death of Christopher Gustavus

Yesterday I received word from several CANDOERs that Chris passed away suddenly from a heart attack. As soon as I receive any further information I will post it here!

I have the following contact information for Ellen (it is 8 years old so hope it is still good):

Ellen Gustavus
11174 Stonebrook Drive,
Manassas VA 20112
Tel: (703) 475-5759

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Death of Anthony "Tony" Muse
Tony Muse

Tony Muse, 68, of Parkland, FL entered into eternal rest on Sunday January 9, 2022. He is survived by his Wife of 25 years, Annette Muse, as well as his children Jessica, Dana and Nicholas. Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren Zoë and Charlotte.

He is preceded in death by his sibling Ricky.

Tony was born on July 29, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York to his parents Van and Naomi. He was a scholar at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire, moving on to Harvard University to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1975.

Tony enjoyed a long, successful career with the U.S. Department of State, most recently as Director of the Regional Information Management Center in Florida. This senior role followed a number of important postings in senior information management positions in Mexico, Australia, Côte d’Ivoire, Afghanistan, Kenya, Iraq and Germany, and as Deputy Chief Information Officer of the State Department in Washington, DC. Prior to embarking on his federal government career, Tony worked in the public and private sectors with roles across marketing, finance and operations at Wang Laboratories, Prudential Insurance Company, International Business Machines and the State of Illinois Insurance Department. In all of these professions and postings, Tony was highly regarded and respected as a colleague and a friend.

Tony was generous and kind, forever and selflessly giving to others. No task was ever too large or too small, especially if it could help those around him. Tony was a very intelligent, witty and interesting man with many achievements and a huge knowledge of topics ranging from politics and history to music and most any good film ever made. He was rightly proud of his children and his family, who will miss him dearly. He was an inspiration to all those close to him.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Anthony's memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

A gathering of family and friends with a short Memorial Service will be held at Coral Springs Funeral Home on January 20, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Editor's note: I have no contact information to allow CANDOERs to send Annette condolences!

Thanks to Russ LeClair for furnishing the above obituary

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Julio (Junior) Dominquez

One of our retirees has lost everything due to the fires in Colorado. A gofundme has been established to help he and his family:


My name is Mimi Somoza and I am creating this fundraiser to help my brother, Julio (Junior) Dominguez, his wife and their two children restart after losing their Sagamore Community home and its contents to the Marshall Fire (Superior, Colorado) on December 30th, 2021. We are forever grateful that they made it out safely by car but they are now faced with the task of securing a place to live while attempting to rebuild from scratch as almost everything they own was lost in the fire. My brother recently moved to Superior, Colorado after serving his country for over 30 years of which the last 15 were with the U.S. Department of State overseas. They chose this area so that my sister in law, Ahagata Oreamuno, could help at her family's restaurant, Il Pastaio, which has been open since 2000 in Boulder. Please help us by making a donation and sharing with anyone you think can help at this time.

On behalf of our family THANK YOU for your help!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Death of Paul Junior

The following information was received from Robert Meyers this morning:

I just received the following from a Paul'son that Paul had passed away on January 10, 2022.

Editor's Note: If any further information is received I will post it here!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Death of Carroll Martin

The following information was received from Robert Meyers this morning:

I just received the following from a Carroll's wife that Carroll had passed away on December 28, 2021 from double pneumonia.

Editor's note: Carroll was a GS Contracting Officer CTR at OBO SA-6 for many years.

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Thursday, January 06, 2022

Joan Wilson sent me a picture of her and Ed on picture day at Dunnellon (FL) Police Department (DPD).

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Death of Paul A. Bialecki
Paul Bialecki

The following information was received from Dick Kwiatkowski this morning:

Dick said that Paul's wife informed him of Paul's death from cancer after receiving a Christmas Card from him!

Paul A. Bialecki, age 71, passed away at his residence and into eternal life on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Paul was born on September 10, 1950 in Racine, WI to Stanley and Charlotte (Czuper) Bialecki. He grew up in Racine and graduated from St. Bonaventure Prep. He enlisted in the US Army from 1971-1975. During his service he was stationed in Amberg, Bayern, Germany, and received the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals. He received a B.S. in Labor and Industrial Relations and a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Paul married his beloved wife, Sally Majewski, in 1985 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Racine.

In March 1978, he joined the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and served there until his retirement in April 2002. During his distinguished career, he served in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; N’Djamena, Chad; Lilongwe, Malawi; Port Louis, Mauritius; London, United Kingdom; Seoul, South Korea; Helsinki, Finland; and also had two tours of duty in Washington, D.C.

After his retirement from public service, he worked as a State IT Manager at the Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy for 10 years.

He was a member of the American Foreign Service Association (ASFA). Paul enjoyed travelling to exotic locations, was an avid reader and loved to journal. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, gardening, hiking in nature, and taking long walks with his Welsh Terriers, Toby and Finley. His physical presence is no longer, but he remains intensely in our minds and hearts.

Surviving are his loving wife, Sally; sister, Kathleen Bialecki of Racine; sister-in-law, Susan (David) Arvai of Racine; and brother-in-law, Gene (Linda) Majewski of Pineville, NC. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at ST. MARY OF THE LAKE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5460 Mary Lake Rd, Westport, with Msgr. James Gunn Presiding. Visitation was held from 9:00 AM on Thursday until time of Mass at the church. Entombment took place at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.

Anyone wishing to send belated condolences to Sally the following is furnished:

Sally Bialecki
4326 Beilfuss Drive
Madison, WI 53704