With sadness, the family of Bruce Kenneth McCandless announces his peaceful passing at his home in Amica Edgemont Village, North Vancouver on the morning of September 5th, 2019. Bruce was born to Kenneth and Thelma McCandless on March 27, 1932 in Vancouver, and remained a resident of the west side of Vancouver most of his life, attending Maple Grove Elementary, Point Grey, and ultimately graduating from Magee Secondary School and UBC, where he obtained his Real Estate Broker’s license and afterwards worked for Pemberton Realty. He graduated from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1958 and spent the majority of his career working for Revenue Canada in the taxation department until he retired in 1992. Bruce married his adored wife Mary Jane (Jane) nee McArthur in 1959 and purchased the family home in Mackenzie Heights in Vancouver, where together they raised their four children. Bruce was sadly predeceased by Jane in 1999, and by his sister Joyce Ellis in 1993.
Bruce is survived by his children and their spouses, Doug (Sally) McCandless, Ken (Dianne) McCandless, Cathy (Scott) Mitchell, and Julie (Marko) Vesely, along with eight grandchildren, Kasey, Meghan, Molly, Ross, Heather, Ryan, Christopher, and Gillian. As well, he is survived by his special friend and companion Marion Tucker, who brought such joy and laughter to his life in his later years as they travelled and socialized together.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the staff and caregivers at Amica Edgemont Village for their incredible care and attention given to Bruce in his final years. Dad felt loved and well cared for by everyone at Amica, and for this we are so grateful. His final hours were spent surrounded by love not only from his immediate family, but from his Amica family as well, and we so appreciate all the efforts made to make Bruce’s passing a peaceful one.
A private family burial service will be held. There will be a drop-in open house reception to celebrate Bruce’s life on Friday, September 20th between the hours of 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Cliff House Restaurant, 3735 Capilano Road (Capilano Suspension Bridge) North Vancouver. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on entrance and parking details. If desired, a donation in Bruce’s name may be made to a charity of your choice, or purchase a Lotto 6/49 ticket, no extra, and dream big. Dad remained ever hopeful of winning the big one!