OBITUARY

Chrisostomos "Chris" John Candes

May 14, 1941November 13, 2020
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Chrisostomos “Chris” John Candes went home to the lord November 13, 2020. He was born May 14, 1941 in Montgomery, W. Va to John & Helen Candes.

Chris is survived by his beloved wife, Laura Candes; his daughter Elaina Candes (Scott); Son Chris Candes Jr.; Daughter Stacey Candes Smith (Mike). Chris was also the immensely proud Papou (grandfather) to Haley, Arya, Fallon & Kora. Chris is also survived by his brother Angelo Candes (Cheryl); his nephews John Candes (Karen) & Michael Candes (Leslie)

Chris was the long-time owner of Two Guys Restaurant & then later Ciago’s Restauranquot & Bar in Raleigh, NC.

To quote his granddaughter “Chris was the most loving, hardworking, loyal, kindest (and sometimes grumpy) man. We lost the biggest piece of our hearts, but we know you are with us every second of every day.”

A private service will be held on November 21, 2020 at 11 am. The service will also be live streamed through Brown-Wynne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation to Liberty hospice of Dunn or Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Raleigh, NC.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh

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Frank & Debi Stewart

November 21, 2020

Chris and Laura came into our lives 2.5 years ago after moving to NC when we became neighbors. We have been so blessed to know such kind, loving, and caring neighbors who became our dear friends. Sharing meals together will never be forgotten and enjoying Chef Chris's cooking tips will be memories we cherish. Our prayers for comfort are with Laura and all the beautiful family,

Cheryl Candes

November 20, 2020

Fred Ammons

November 20, 2020

To Chris’s family;
I read these stories and relive my time at N.C. State eating the best spaghetti in the world and the wonderful pizzas , and then continuing to see Chris and Mike every other Sunday nite after graduation- Wendell is close enough to visit Raleigh and two guys at least twice a month - and we did- and then the children came and lollipops were always in the jar from Chris for my kids- and then / no more two guys- we were heartbroken but found you again at Ciago’s and the tradition continued- new wife and same kids who loved the place like home- especially Chris welcoming us like family to his home- we closed down two guys on the last nite with you Chris, and we closed down Ciago’s with you also- the bottle you gave me that nite will be opened tonite in your honor and memory- we will miss our friend- Rest easy❤️

Tony Baker

November 20, 2020

Very, very sad to hear about Mr. Candes passing. I was a student at NC State from 83 to 88. Going to Two Guys was just as much a part of going to school at State as going to classes. Mr. Candes frequently would stop by our table to say hello and ask how we were enjoying the food. He would thank us for coming in.
We owed him the "Thank You" for always being so kind and generous to the students. My condolences and prayers go out to his family. Please know how much Mr. Candes was loved and respected.

Charles Sloop

November 20, 2020

I didn't really know him except by facial recognition, but Two Guys was our go to place in college and on the way to NCSU basketball games at Reynolds. My sincere condolences to the family and my fondest memories of the Two Guys experience.

Daryl Stancil

November 20, 2020

Chris was a great guy and cool to work for too. I worked for him at Two Guy's. RIP my friend and my condolences to his friends and family.

John N. Kastanis

November 19, 2020

I have known Chris my entire life, as I am a second cousin and his god brother. Anyone who really knew and understood Chris knows how smart, hard working and earnest he really was. Above all else, his love for family and friends was his strongest attribute. He may not have been the most loquacious person that you have known, but if he liked you, you always got his attention and a smile. For me, he was the older brother I didn't have, because he always was doing things that I couldn't quite do yet, due to my younger age. Such as building model battleships and sailboats, which were on display in his parents' home, with some unfinished projects that I would watch him work on with his very patient and meticulous way. Also, his playing the accordion in his parents' living room for visiting family and friends just left me in awe of his musical talent. I would sit on the floor with my jaw wide open, wishing to be just like him. In fact, when Chris outgrew the size of his first accordian he offered it to me as gift, at which point I took lessons and aspired to play as good as him. My admiration for Chris just grew more over time, especially when his father passed away at an early age and forced Chris to digress from his interest in applying to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and learning the restaurant business instead. Even at the age of 10 when this occurred, I understood the paternal and mature role that Chris assumed when he was just 18 years old. From thereon, he maintained a strong work ethic, became a savvy business man, and with lots of fortitude, established some very well-known restaurants, as well as many other successful investments. But as I already mentioned, Chris' greatest sense of success was family. You can see it in all of the photos included in this obituary. He was always at ease and content with family all around him and the love they shared. I loved you too, brother, and will miss you terribly. May your memory be eternal.

Barbara Buescher

November 19, 2020

Paul and I send our condolences to all of the family. Two Guys was a presence for 3 generations of us— my father when he traveled through Raleigh, for us raising our two boys in the NC State tradition, and meeting family and friends. Watching the pizza tosser. Migrating to Ciago’s. So many memories. Chris was the heart and soul. Peace to the wonderful family.

Cheryl Candes

November 18, 2020

Clark Womack

November 17, 2020

My prayers go to Chris's family. My parents starting taking me to Two Guys when I was a child and I have have many fond memories of eating there, taking me in the back to watch or bring me some dough to play with at the table. Later I could drive myself there and meet friends and by the time you were at Ciago's I could take my own children. Chris would always talk and want to make sure everything was great and would always ask how my Dad was doing. I always smile when I think of my years going to Two Guys and always will.

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