Daniel M. Candido passed away peacefully June 27, 2020, at his home. Danny was born August 7, 1931 in Waterbury and was the son of the late Alfio (Tony) and Anne (D’Lea) Candido. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Frances Candido and his brother Alfie Candido. Danny was born in Waterbury CT and spent the majority of his life in Southbury Ct.
Danny was a colorful character, and well known around Southbury in his younger days. Whether it be cruising around town with his buddies or causing mayhem in one of the local bars at the time. Danny was always up for a party back then and was usually the life of it. There are rumors that he has danced on bars as a leprechaun…transformed into Santa Claus at Christmas…and one time the counterpart to a roll of toilet paper!
After graduating Woodbury High School, Danny enlisted in the Army, serving in the Korean War. He was employed at Baskin Robbins (the Old 100) Dairy for over 34 years, working in maintenance. Danny was the first Commander and charter member of the VFW Post 1607 and was a Teamster. He was the bartender at several establishments before him and Fran, along with Alfie and Ann, purchased what was to be forever known at the Southbury Package Store. He worked behind the counter and one could always count on a sarcastic greeting or insult upon entering the store. But if you knew Danny, you know that this was his way of expressing his fondness for someone. And the worse the comment, the more you were loved.
Danny worked until his 80’s at the store until he was convinced retirement was a good idea. He then took up the hobby of long drives around town, tending his yard and watching Fox news with Pete, grumbling about the state of the world. His favorite part of the week was Sunday mornings with Harold Shady. The two would take a drive and go out for breakfast, usually to devour an egg sandwich or a stack of pancakes.
Danny leaves behind his step-children, Dann Messenger, Darcey Ahearn, Randall Messenger, Donna Wells, Richard Messenger and David Messenger, his nephew Michael Candido and niece MaryAnn Candido, several grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His son Dann would especially like to thank Pete Kokoski, Danny’s tenant and friend, who was a constant support and provided Danny with companionship and care the last few years.
You may pay your respects from 2-4 pm, July 3, 2020 at the Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere, 235 Main St., N., or at the graveside service with Military honors at 4:30 pm at Pine Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make donations to St Jude’s or the VFW Post 1607 in his name. To leave an online condolence for the family please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com
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