Edwin James McCandlish, 80, of Cranberry Twp., Pa., passed away surrounded by family on Friday (Sept. 28, 2012).
Ed was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Lancaster, Ohio, as the son of the late Murl McCandlish and Matilda McClanahan.
In his high school years, Ed played on the football team, played trumpet in the marching band, and became the president of his class. He served his country as an Air Force Mechanic and then obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University. He started his career working for the Brockway Glass Company and went on to work for the Consolidation Coal Company, and finally the Westinghouse Electric Company. He enjoyed watching the Steelers, completing cross-word puzzles, working with computers, tinkering on model trains, and watching old-time sitcoms; but above all he loved to golf. Throughout his life he moved with his family from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Marietta, to Pinellas Park, Fla., and finally back to Pittsburgh. He will be lovingly remembered as a quiet, honest, and dignified man. He was well respected, thoughtful, reliable, and serious, but always maintained a good sense of humor.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his beloved wife LaVonne, whom he was married to for 57 years; his loving sons Michael (Kikuko) McCandlish of Farmington Hills, Mich.; and Mitchel (Julia) McCandlish of Franklin Park, Pa.; his brother Wayne McCandlish of Lancaster, Ohio; his nephew Fred (Rosemary) McCandlish; and his five grandchildren, Silvia, Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel, and Jeremy.
Funeral honors for Ed are to be held privately by the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ed's honor to the North Hills Community Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park, Pa. 15101; or the VNA Services and Foundation, 154 Hindman Rd., Butler, Pa. 16001.
Funeral services were entrusted to the Glenn-Kildoo Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Wisconsin Ave., Cranberry Twp., Pa. 16066.
Online condolences and directions at www.glennkildoofuneralhome.com