John A. Candela

World Trade Center

John Candela, 42, generosity ruled life

No one had a more giving heart or was more full of love for his family than John A. Candela.

"There were so many wonderful things he did for his family," Elizabeth Davis Candela said of her husband. "He was very fun-loving. He always wanted to make people happy and smile. He was a great guy."

Making people smile could mean using his snowblower to clear a neighbor's walkway or just sharing candy with co-workers.

The 42-year-old Glen Ridge resident worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower. He was there when hijacked airliners slammed into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11.

A memorial Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, 339 Pompton Ave./Route 23, East Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove.

"We had a great marriage," Elizabeth Candela said. "He was my best friend. He was just a beautiful person."

The couple had two children, Juliette, 7, and John, 4.

"He just loved to be with his family, doing everything from playing cards with his son, with a Barbie Doll with our daughter, to riding bikes -- with both of them -- to their grandmother's house five blocks away," Elizabeth Candela said.

Mr. Candela also loved fishing, driving his 3-year-old 35th anniversary silver Ford Mustang convertible -- that family members called his "vroom, vroom car" --and playing guitar, Elizabeth Candela said.

Born in East Orange, Mr. Candela moved to Glen Ridge when he was 5. A 1977 graduate of Glen Ridge High School, Mr. Candela earned an associate's degree from Middlesex County College in 1983, she said.

After college, Mr. Candela spent 13 years working as an over-the-counter trader with the Shearson Lehman Brothers before joining Cantor Fitzgerald five years ago, Elizabeth Candela said.

Mr. Candela is also survived by his parents, John and Phyllis Marone Candela of Glen Ridge; one brother, Joseph of Cedar Grove, and three sisters, Valerie Speller of Noank, Conn.; Karen Ann Mee of Cedar Grove, and Joan Brady of Maplewood.

Profile by Kevin C. Dilworth published in THE STAR-LEDGER.

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