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Bernard A. Candela

Bernard A. Candela, 72, died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Hackensack Hospital, surrounded by his family. Ben was born on June 4, 1947 to Nancy and Anthony Candela. He grew up in Bergenfield and graduated in 1965 from Bergenfield High School. He attended Bethany College in West Virginia, and after graduating with a degree in Economics and Math, he went on to earn his MBA in Marketing and Business Management from New York University’s Graduate School of Business. He became a pharmaceutical salesman, working for Bristol-Myers Squibb until 2013, and even after he retired, he continued working part-time. His hard work and dedication led him to win ten Pinnacle Awards and acceptance into the Legion of Excellence, the highest honor at Bristol-Myers. He not only took great pride in his over 37 successful years in pharmaceuticals, he also enjoyed his interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals, and truly valued the friends he made during his time in the field. When he wasn’t working, Ben was happiest with his family, spending time at his home away from home in the Poconos, and cheering on the Yankees. He was especially happy walking his children’s dogs and making friends along the way with Primo in Piermont and Juliet in Saddle River Park.  He was a dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher, a member of the Church Council, the Property Committee and the Fund Committee. Ben will be remembered by all as a loving father and husband, a loyal friend, and a fighter until the end. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Barbara, his children Christine and David, his brother Anthony and his wife Pat, his brother-in-law Richard and his wife Rose, his mother-in-law Esther, his niece Katie, his nephews Anthony, Kevin, Michael, and their families, and many other loving cousins and friends. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HUMC for their wonderful care and loving support. Family and friends are invited to Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 South Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 on Thursday, August 15th from 4-8 pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 16th at 10:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 430 Knickerbocker Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ben’s life. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the John Theurer Cancer Center’s Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, 360 Essex Street, Suite 301, Hackensack, NJ 07601 or the Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, Trinity Lutheran Church, 430 Knickerbocker Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670.

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Ben was a one of a kind person who I had the honor on knowing and working with at Trinity. He was always upbeat and always Caring for all the members of Trinity. He put others first and loved his family to no end. There are no words to express how much he will be missed I still can not wrap my head around it. He will forever be in my memories.

Darlene & Paul Conover Aug 15 2019 12:00 AM

I will miss you my dear friend.
Always, will remember the good times we had at the BMS POA Meetings

Jose Antonio Berdecia

Jose Berdecia Aug 14 2019 12:00 AM

Dear cousin, you fought long and hard with Barbara, Christie and David at your side. I will miss our conversations and your laugh! Rest nowuntil we meet again.

Mary Lou Flach Aug 14 2019 12:00 AM

Ben was our backyard neighbor for 25 years. He was such a kind person. Always asking about our kids and so proud of his own. He was always upbeat and ready to share a laugh or a funny story. We will miss you, Ben. Rest In Peace. Sincerely, the McCormacks

Lisa Mccormack Aug 13 2019 12:00 AM

Truly one of the good guys. R.I.P. You earned it!

jeffrey h. savlov Aug 13 2019 12:00 AM

Not a conversation went by when Ben didnt talk about his children. The definition of a family man if there ever was one. Honest, kind, caring, thoughtful. Not enough words. To know Ben was to love him. A beautiful soul has left us. Ben was like a father to me. He would call me from the hospital to get his mind off of things and reminisce about the old days working together. Ben loves to talk lol! What a beautiful man and a great role model. You will be missed but you will live on always in the memories of all whom you touched. Love you Ben. Miss you already.

Keith Reynolds Aug 12 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bernard A. Candela

Jennifer L Vesta Aug 12 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bernard A. Candela

Marianna Aug 11 2019 12:00 AM

A Large Dish Garden was sent on August 11, 2019

My heartfelt sympathy to everyone- Ben was a dear friend and neighbor and I will miss him. Let our memories and stories of time together offer solace and comfort in the days ahead . Love always, Marianna

Expression of Sympathy Aug 11 2019 12:00 AM

Words cannot express how much I adored Bernie. I will miss his smile, his stories and simply just having his presence in our clinic. He was loved so completely by his wife and children. It was beautiful to witness all that love and care. I will miss him dearly.
Love, Maria T

Maria T Aug 11 2019 12:00 AM

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