The workboat industry lost another of its marquee names on July 21 when Paul Candies Sr. died over the weekend at his camp in Grand Isle, La. He was 72. (His death comes almost one month to the day after another well-known and respected member of the industry, Beth Gedney, director of safety and security for the Passenger Vessel Association, passed away on June 20. She was 56.)
Candies was president of Otto Candies LLC, the Des Allemands, La.-based offshore marine transportation company founded by his father, Capt. Otto B. Candies Sr., in 1942. He ran the company that supports offshore oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and across the world with his brothers, Otto Candies Jr. and Kevin Candies.
Otto Candies Sr. was also one of the founders of the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo in the mid-1960s, a hugely popular fishing tournament held in late July each year that attracts thousands of saltwater fishermen. Paul Candies became a big supporter of the event, eventually serving as its chairman. In fact, published reports say he was getting in some fishing with some of his buddies prior to the opening of the rodeo this coming weekend, when he was stricken.
In addition to fishing, Paul Candies was equally enthralled with drag racing. He and Leonard Hughes were owners of the very successful Candies & Hughes drag race team that won several National Hot Rod Association and International Hot Rod Association championships.
Candies is survived by his wife, Rita Daigle Candies; two sons, Paul “PB” Candies and Brett Candies; two brothers, Kevin Candies and Otto Candies Jr.; and three grandchildren.
By all accounts, this is a man who will be missed.