John McCandless

McCANDLESS, John Furbow…

John passed unexpectedly at University Hospital in London on November 18th, 2021.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Sigrid (nee Saulgriezis); cherished daughters, Kate and Erin; brothers Richard, Robert and Henry and their partners, many nieces and nephews and extended family. Predeceased by brother David McCandless and sister Joan Stevenson (nee McCandless).

John was born in Port Alberni, BC on June 21, 1950, to parents George Bartlett McCandless and Leone Marie McCandless (nee Brown). He graduated from the University of Victoria in 1972 with a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science. John later moved to Toronto where he had held various senior leadership roles in IT and systems development and systems management at; MFS, CSG, Tandem Computers, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), OLGC, ACI Worldwide (Canada) Inc and most recently as IT support specialist at TD Bank, based in London. In his leisure time he was an active member and scuba diving instructor with the Hart House Underwater Club; enjoyed sailing and curling at the Boulevard Club in Toronto and at the Port Credit Yacht Club, and recently curling at the Highland Club in London.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date in BC, when it is safe to gather.

Please pour yourself a glass of your favourite red wine or a generous measure of single malt scotch in his memory.

Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1200-2300 Yonge Street, Box 2414, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4 in his name. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  1. Dearest Sigrid, Kate and Erin, we are keeping you in our hearts and thoughts at this time. John had a joy for life and was always at the ready with a helping hand. The impact of his generosity will live on through the scuba divers he trained, the sailors he shared the race course with, the programmers he worked with and most importantly through the acts of his loving family. We cherish our times together with many laughs, and glasses raised. Love, C&R

  2. Our sincerest condolences to John’s family at this difficult time. We knew John from working with him at Tandem computers. Our days at Tandem and the people that we spent them with are some of our most treasured memories and John will always be a part of that. We will remember his quick wit and dry sense of humor in particular. We are very sad to lose another from our Tandem family.

    Marianne and Dave Third

  3. Sigrid, Kate, and Erin – I was so saddened to hear of your dear John’s passing. Your have all been in my prayers and those of your forever-family at St. Mark’s. May God bring you comfort. Love, Sandy Brown

  4. Sorry to hear this news. I worked with John at ACI. His relaxed easy-going style made him a pleasure to work with.

  5. Sigrid, Kate and Erin – Extending our love and heartfelt condolences to you all. I hope all of your fondest memories and adventures together, will bring you much peace. Much love, Mary, Michael and Emma xo

  6. My deadest condolences to the family. I worked with John at ACI and he was a wonderful person. Wishing you all strength and support during this heartbreaking time.

  7. My heart breaks for you Sigrid. John was a very special guy. I hold you and Kate and Erin in my thoughts with comfort, peace and love.

  8. So sorry for your loss Sigrid. I have so many great memories of John. His slow easy smile. The twinkle in his eye (and I swear there was actually a twinkle) in a sidelong glance because he’d just thought of something scandalous. And his infectious laugh or sometime just chuckle that would get everyone involved. I will miss him even though I haven’t seen him in a while. I will not forget him. Take care. Sandy and Lara

  9. Sigrid, I am sad find out that John has passed away.
    John was my manager at ACI Worldwide when I worked there. He showed me his time management tip that I use today. He was a good man that will be missed.
    May the fond memories of John comfort your heart.

  10. Sig, so sorry to hear of this sad news, as guys it was great chewing the fat with John every time we got together and it was not always guys stuff but family stuff as well, comforting ourselves in our young family, married life, career prospects back in the 80’s,
    Definitely raising a single malt scotch with him and a glass of wine with Jan.
    Elan, Etienne and myself send our thoughts and prayers to you Kate and Erin.
    Looking forward to getting back to TO and looking over the many memorable photos.

  11. Dear Sigrid,
    We’re so sad to hear about John’s sudden passing. So sorry for your loss.
    We fondly remember our long history together, playing underwater hockey and being at the Nationals. Victor remembers scuba diving with both you and John.
    Our hearts go out to you and your family.

  12. Dear Sigrid,

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    Although you and I have not been in touch in the last few years, I wanted to extend my sympathy to you and your family.

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