From the Gomez Family:
Raul (Candy Man) was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.
Raul (Candy Man) Gomez was someone that will make you laugh with his silliness. Raul had a heart of gold and you will agree if you got to meet him. He would spend most of his check buying silly things to give away to so many. All he wanted was to make everyone happy!!! Raul loved his family to the fullest and will do anything to make sure mom was always well taken care of. He worked hard and he posted at least twice a week how proud he was to be part of the Porter family.
He loved food and he definitely loved his candy. For those who don’t know how he got the name of Candy man, it started long time ago when he was probably 8 or 9 years old. He would go out and walk with his pant pockets full of candy. He would share his candy with friends and specially with the little kids. He loved to see those smiley faces light up. Who didn’t like candy at that age, right? and Raul became “Candy Kid”. As years passed and he got older, he decided he was too old to be called Candy Kid and he changed his name to Candy Man. Everyone probably thought that will change or stop as he got much older but nope, he left us and he will always be remembered as Candy Man.
Raul was happy to be surrounded by people the more the merrier he always said! He loved to please old friends and new friends, Mom was of course on top of his list but he loved to have people around him. I am his only sister and I know at firsthand how much he loved buying me stuff even if I didn’t need it, he always convinced me I did. He always bought me flowers for no reason.
Candy Man love to give his friends and even strangers a piece of his love by sharing his little gadgets when he was at Hall of Fame ( his second home ) as he called it.
We did pretty much everything together from going out to eat, party and every weekend going grocery shopping. He taught me how to cook better. I got a rating of “6” for the first few years and finally I was happy to get a rating of “8”. I finally got a 10 a few weeks ago and I said Oh my goodness. Finally!
Raul loved his family so much and always tried to reach out to anyone who needed help! He loved his job and co-workers and of course women.
We will cherish all the memories forever.
Survived by his Mother Maria, brothers Danny, Saul, Ruben, Juan Carlos and sister Maria.
R.I.P Raul (Candy Man)
From the Porter Family:
Many of us had the chance to know, to love and to build a genuine connection and friendship with Raul “Candyman” Gomez. It is with heavy sorrow that I share today, that Raul passed away over the weekend, and was found no longer living on Saturday, February 27th, 2021.
Raul was truly a gift from the Lord….his personality was unforgettable…his love for his family, his sister Maria, for his close friend Jose Hernandez, and for so many people here in our business….was simply profound. Candyman always knew how to put a smile on so many people’s faces. His humor could lighten any mood and his sense of generosity was huge. From nick-knacks that he would order on-line, to gold-plated playing cards, to his endless supply of sugary candy and wonderful food….Raul loved his sea-food in particular….he was always willing to share whatever he had. He brought smiles to us in meetings, he brought caring to his work, and he brought an irreplaceable sense of warmth, and house music, to our business. Raul’s leadership in particular, was something I was so proud to see coming forward, as he was stepping into a leadership role in our TWL process, and doing it with such success…such charisma, and such strength. He was, in every single sense of the word….a Champion.
Life can present us with challenges and loss that we may never fully understand at times. It is in these depths for which our sense of Faith….and our connection to Friends and Family, shines through most, in times of need. I encourage us all…to lean into the Lord…to pray for Raul, for his sister Maria, for Jose Hernandez, for Raul’s family, for his friends…and for each other. Always find strength in the Lord and in the knowledge that no matter how hard life may get at times, there are people who love you, and friends who would move mountains to support you. Be that support for each other…and may God comfort each of us during this time of loss.
Raul, I will miss you more than you could know….May the Light of the Lord Perpetually Shine Upon You
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