Candace Jane Porter

Born: Mon., Apr. 8, 1957
Died: Fri., Jul. 27, 2018

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Aug. 25, 2018
Location: Voluntown Baptist Church

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Voluntown - It is with heavy hearts that we announce Candace Jane Porter, previously Candace Jane Hoye passed away Friday July 27th, 2018.  Candace, born on April 8, 1957, grew up in Preston Ct to Francis and Phyllis Jane Hoye, sibling of Roxanne Peel (Chuck and Monty), Michael (Nancy) Hoye, Gregory Hoye, and Shelley Dennis.  
Her love of adventure and fun was paramount in dictating what road she would take next.  From setting off to Florida at 18 to joining the Army National Guard at 25.  
Candace worked hard, so she could play hard.  From Blockbuster Video to Cake Decorator, from Real Estate Agent to Contract Specialist.   Her career path was chosen based on her ability to show up when she wanted. Because being there on time wasn’t an option.  
From Clown College to UConn, from juggler to her bachelor degree. These are some of her proudest moments, but not defining ones.  This degree helped propel her through life to help sustain her love of travel.  From Florida to Maine, From Costa Rica to the Galapagos’.  
She loved travel, but not as much as she loved traveling with Robert DeSantis.  The love of her life.  With Bob, her competitive spirit was brought to life.  Crossword puzzles, Scrabble, board games, and trivia.  Even sports with Kayaking, hiking, and golf.  Nothing was off limits.  And she had fun doing it.  
Highlights of her life are their grandchildren; Liam, Kayla, Beckett, Brent, Ezekiel, Miles, and Harper.  Having them just made life more fun.  Her children and their spouses will miss her; Mary and Mark, Emelia and James, Heather and Jason, Andrew and Danielle, Sarah and Brenton, Kenny and Rebecca.  As well as all her nieces and nephews.  
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on August 25th at the Voluntown Baptist Church.  A reception to follow.  For online condolences please refer to

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   Posted Mon July 30, 2018
To the family of Candace, my heartfelt condolences for your loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you find comfort in knowing that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including pain and death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises from God's word, the Bible give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

Karen and Paul
   Posted Mon July 30, 2018
Our hearts are heavy, dear friend. You're leaving behind shoes far too big for any of us mere mortals to fill! Talented, artistic, fun, loving, smart, compassionate, driven, competitive......
You enriched every single life you touched, Candace. We're all better for having known you and we will remember and celebrate you forever.
Karen and Paul.
p.s. Paul says to keep working on your swing and keep your competitive streak burning! He'll expect a game when(ever) he gets there!

Mark & Sue Huebsch
   Posted Mon July 30, 2018
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Candace’s beloved family. We were lucky enough to meet her and Bob at a family gathering in Iowa a few years back. You’ll be in our bought sand prayers.

Mark & Sue Huebsch
Carroll, Iowa

Susan Lorinsky
   Posted Mon July 30, 2018
I met Candace when she was the office administrator at Beth Jacob Synagogue. I helped her in the office and we became friends. She was wonderful. Candace loved her kids and was so proud of them. She was a great baker and made my daughter's birthday cake. She was blunt and to the point. Everyone liked her. She will be missed.

Ted Romaine
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
In 1987 ~ 1990 I had spent my time in the U.S. Navy stationed in Groton, CT. Candace opened her home to me, offering me brief respites from the barracks life and submarine duty as I was so far from home which was Wyoming. I remember my final visit to her house as I was preparing for my return home in less than a week. I was excited to be back in the U.S. after a five month deployment that took me around South America. It was in the evening, and she, her then husband and I talked at length of the possibility of me settling down in Connecticut. I had one possibility of that to investigate on my way out of CT on that fateful day and it didn't pan out. I ended up settling in Vancouver, Washington and raised a family there instead. There are times when I visit Astoria, Oregon I am reminded of Groton and Mystic. The beach cultures on either coast are but a mirror image of each other with subtle differences. I would have been glad to open my home to Candace if her travels eventually led her to the Pacific NW. Sadly, now as in my former home town of Laramie, WY I no longer recognize my high school class mates and the gulf between me and my former shipmates in Groton has widened as well as I still refuse to get onboard social media platforms. The irony in my life since my last visit with Candace has seen a phone call from that girlfriend in CT come six months too late (After I had moved in with my now wife of 25 years) and the control room of my submarine removed and placed on display at the Submarine museum in Keyport, WA after it was decommissioned in Bremerton in 1993. You can find its website online and save you the trip unless you want to visit my wife and I. I offer my condolences to Candace's extensive family and she is in my thoughts and prayers. Ted Romaine.

Rose Kovalik
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
With a very heavy heart I will say Goodbye to a good friend

Cynthia Bentley
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
To Candace's family: My most sincere condolences. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. I am honored and blessed to have known Candace. Always a smile on her face, and a stare to let me know I messed something up in SPS. Always willing to lend a hand and assist when needed to correct that mess-up. Loved the stories that she shared about her travels. The office chair that will be empty, will always think of her with fond memories and that beautiful smile.

Rebecca and Scott
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
Scott and I would like to send our deepest condolences to Candace’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of spending time with Candace on multiple occasions and she was a wonderful person. We have known her daughter Mary for years and have seen them together being funny, unique, and full of spirit. There is no question how greatly she will be missed.

Debbie Guild
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
I was shocked to hear about what happened to Candace. She was a great person, I knew her as a co-worker, as my realtor who helped me buy the house I live in, and as a friend. Its hard to believe she is gone, and in such a tragic way.

She has touched many lives and she is greatly missed.
Deepest Condolences to Candace's family and her fiancé Bob.

Debbie Guild

Penelope M Stonerook
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
We sincerely wish to extend our sympathy to Robert, the Hoye family, the children of Candace, and Robert. Tremendous loss for everyone. Candace was a wonderful person and so happy for the times we got to meet. Her visits to Iowa were appreciated. She had a positive approach to life and the ability to enjoy it. God bless your family during this difficult time. May her faith in Jesus our Savior be an example to us all. God does not wavier on his promises. You are in our thoughts and prayers... cousins..Penny, Nancy and Vicki

Candida Figueroa
   Posted Tue July 31, 2018
Although Candice and I worked for different Departments, we are all still one family, SUPSHIP Groton. I admired Candace for her energy so early in the morning (6:00 a.m.). She had so many beautiful plants by the window on our floor. I would ask her how do you keep them beautiful and alive, she had the "green thumb" and love for them. She was always smiling, great personality and willing to help out where ever she could. My deepest condolences to her family. She is in my prayers. God Bless you and may she rest in peace.

   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
I was shocked to hear the tragic news of our wonderful Candace! Candace I will miss you by my side as my partner on Monday nights! We had so much fun golfing together coaching each other! you made me laugh girl! I will miss you dearly my friend!!! My heart is saddened with your passing! My heart goes out to your family!!!! I will carry you with me always! With every drive I hit I know your wings will carry my ball the distance! RIP my friend!!!

Linda L Mossberg
   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
My heart broke when I read the email from Voluntown Baptist. My deepest sympathies to all who loved this lady. Heaven gained an angel with a sweet smile.

Michele and Curt Solarek
   Posted Thu August 02, 2018
We are so very saddened to hear of Candace's passing. Her enthusiasm, generosity and just kind spirit will be missed. It was a pleasure working with and knowing such a friend.

Donna Gaska
   Posted Fri August 03, 2018
My sincere and deepest condolences to Candace's family. This is truly heartbreaking. I will remember her for her incredible kindness and also for her many many talents. She will truly be missed. Prayers to her whole family

   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
My sincere condolences to the Hoye and DeSantis families. I knew Candace when she was a little girl and I knew then that she would do wonderful things with her life. She just had that twinkle in her eye. May the memories of her fabulous life be close in your heart, that way she is always with you.

   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
My condolences to Candace’s family. We grew up together but lost touch over the years. May you all find peace in knowing she touched so many hearts.

   Posted Sun August 05, 2018
Candace was a wonderful addition to our golf league! I’ve only know her for about a year. But, in that year I knew she was special! We started to plan outings with Bob and my husband but sadly it never happened. She is missed by many on our golf league. Candace was very competitive and her last round of golf on on our league was her best. A lovely lady taken too soon!,

Steven & Lisa Lombardi
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
Lisa and I wish to express our most sincere condolences to Candace's family and to Bob.

Mary Hoye
   Posted Mon August 20, 2018
It's incredibly hard to explain the feelings of shock and sadness we felt on finding out about Candace's accident. My sister, Judy (Hoye) Hobbiebrunken and myself are still amazed at how we believe God worked in our meeting (for the first time)our cousin this past May in Dubuque, Iowa. The very first moments, we felt like we had known her our whole lives. I especially felt she and I had a lot in common and how our families, although halfway across the country, so many unbelievable similarities. The short time we spent together, we shared stories, hugs, laughter, and tears. Candace shared her testimony which was strangely and wonderfully similar to mine, so I am confident that the first time we met won't be the last time. Candace, it is with bittersweet tears that I say I know we will see each other again. My sincerest sympathy and prayers go to your children, siblings, and the rest of the family we hope to still meet in the days ahead. With love, Mary Hoye, Mason City, Ia

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