Harrison passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2002, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA., at the age of 75 years. He was born in North Platte, Nebraska and had lived in the South Bay area until 3 years ago when he and his wife, Barbara, moved to Palm Desert, CA. Harrison graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1944 and from Stanford Medical School in 1955, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War ll. He was past president of the California Academy of Family Physicians and delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also served as assistant director of the UCLA Family Residency Program at Santa Monica Hospital for several years. His civic involvements included Director of Bay Cities National Bank, Board of Directors of the South Bay YMCA, and he was a member of the Redondo Beach Rotary Club. He was also involved in Toastmasters and the Redondo Beach Round Table. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach for over 70 years. During his medical career in the South Bay, spanning 43 years, he delivered over 2000 babies. He is survived by Barbara, to whom he was married for 53 years. He is also survived by three sons, Robert (Nancy) McCandless of Torrance; Richard (Kathy) McCandless of Long Beach, and Michael (Carmell) McCandless of San Diego; and by his daughter Linda (Jeffrey) Courchaine of PIacentia; and by grandchildren Jeffrey, Kariann, Kevin, Daniel, Kelly, Colleen, Luke and David McCandless, and Timothy and Steven Courchaine. He is also survived by his sister, Marian Buck of Redondo Beach Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m on Friday, September 13, 2002, at the White & Day Colonial Chapel in Redondo Beach. Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 p.m on Sunday, September 22, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach. For those who wish, contributions may be made in his name to the Memorial Fund of the First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach, or the charity of your choice.

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  1. I remember Dr. McCandless most as one of the parents of the church youth group. He was always friendly and enjoyed life. We enjoyed going to their house often and playing in the pool. Afterward he would visit with the gang, intestested in what each of us was doing or planning to do in high school, college, and beyond. Dr. McCandless was a great family man, and made all of us feel welcome and comfortable around him.

  2. Harrison was a great guy. He will be missed by many people. Our prayer and condolences are with Barbara and the family.

  3. Dear Barbara and Marian and family-we are all so sad to hear about Harrison-I will always remember him with a big smile and a great laugh. I hope your family can all be together now to share your sadness and your memories. We are too far away to be with you during the memorial service, but we all will be thinking of you on the 22nd. Love, Anna

  4. My sincere condolences to the McCandless family. I will always remember Dr. McCandless as our family doctor. He was sensitive and happy–at work and in social situations. I will always have fond memories of him. I\’m thinking of you all. Erin Collin

  5. I like to think I was the first Dr. Mac delivered – I wasn\’t, but at 43, had to be one of them! Dr. Mac has been part of our family forever, and will be sorely missed. He was always worth the wait (sometimes 2 hours!), and always took time out for me, medically or otherwise. I never minded going to see him, as my Aunt Rosita was his nurse, and I knew I would be ok ….then there was always the balloon reward. We\’ll miss you, Dr. Mac. May you rest in peace. Much Love, Roxanne

  6. To Harrys Family…. We had the opportunity to know Harry when we were members of the same Toastmaster\’s Club. He was a delight to know and we feel our life was added to by having known him. He had a wondeful way of being organized and in charge and doing it with great love and compassion. And he always had challenging and interesting things to share with us. We sorrow with you in your loss and pray that you will find peace in knowing he is with his Lord. And that you will find peace and comfort in your support of one another Shalom, Carol and Bob Wall

  7. On behalf of the City of Redondo Beach, we are very saddened to hear that Dr. McCandless passed away. I know he was the family doctor for thousands of Redondo Beach residents and will be greatly missed. We pray God\’s comfort for the whole family in this loss. The City Council meeting of September 17, 2002, will be adjourned in memory of Dr. McCandless.

  8. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Dr. McCandless. Dr. McCandless told me that he prized me as one of his patients as I was the only one ever to walk into his office and be diagnozed with Pernicious anemia. He gave me the classic statement of the good news and the bad news. The bad new is that you have P.A. and the good news is we can cure it. I will be forever in his debt for saving my life.

  9. Dr. McCandless was so wonderful to me and to my family. I went to him newley sober and had alot of problems. I couldn\’t get anyone to help me figure out what was wrong with my son. My son is slightly autistic and if it weren\’t for Dr. McCandless I don\’t feel that my son would have gotten the help he needed.Being newly sober and a single mother he was a God send to us.I am still with the practice in Torrance and I am still sober.I know everyone loved him as much as I did. I am truley sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great man.

  10. Dr.Mac had been my trusted physician since 1970. His compassion for his patients helped at many times. When he was forced to retire I missed him greatly both as a doctor and a friend. It was a privilete to have known him. You have been blessed with such a fine and caring member of your family. Please accept my sympathy and may God\’s love carry you through this sad time.

  11. Dear Barbara, Marian, and family, I\’m sad to read about Harrison\’s death. I don\’t think we\’ve seen each other since Lani\’s wedding, but I have very fond thoughts of the early years in So. California and all the good care Harrison gave our family. I know that Mac (Lucian Jr.) would want me to send his condolences as well. My thoughts are with you. Marilyn

  12. Dr. Mc began was my doctor when I was about 9 or 10 (I\’m now 58!) when he was doing his residency with Dr. Schaffer. The silliest memory I have was when he was to perform a sigmoidoscopy (sp.?) and asked if I would allow 6-8 of his UCLA students to observe. Well, this was my opportunity to “give my body” to science research! So, I said, “Sure!” Well, Dr. Mc had never really been sick or hospitalized at that time and really didn\’t know pain…so, when I asked if it hurt, he of course said, “No.” Well, during the procedure, as my fingernails were deeply dug into Rosie\’s (his long time nurse) arm, I refrained from using “colorful” language in front of the UCLA students…! Rosie and I laughed afterwards….. Dr. Mc was genuinely concerned for our entire families\’ health and every time any of us had an appointment, he would be such a great listener and took great care of us. Our family is indebted to Dr. Mc for being the first one to notice and diagnose my late father, Tomo Ito, with Parkinson\’s while they were on an outing. My heart and thoughts are with Barbara and the family and I send my sincere condolences. Fondly, Teri Ito Abbott

  13. I have admired and looked up to Harrison all of my life from the time we were little kids together through the war years and finally watching his family grow. He has been a vital force in the lives of many people and will be sorely missed.

  14. Dear Barbara & Family: Dr. Mac was my friend. And he was my boss for more than 16 years. Thanks for all the wonderful memories. Love, Kathy

  15. Dear Barbara and family…I had to privilege to first meet Harrison at the Torrance Toastmasters. He was so wonderfully talented as a speaker and so warm and helpful to me as a novice. I was so glad to see him again at the Honorary Physicians\’ reception at Little Company of Mary and to let him know that I missed seeing him. He was a very dear man who will be missed by many. Fondly, Lynn

  16. To the whole family, I\’m sorry for your loss. I\’m reminded of all the great memories and times growing up a few houses down from my friends, the McCandless\’. Bob, I haven\’t seen you in a long time, but I can easily recalled our Gray-Y trips or your dad cleaning the boat and all. Your dad really provided some great leadership and parenting for all us guys growing up. Take care. Hi to your brothers and sister & mom. -Russ Reabold

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