Our beloved son, Jeffrey Robert McCandless, went home to be with his Lord on September 25th, 2013. For the last 13 months, Jeff bravely battled cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Even through his illness, Jeff never lost his loving spirit and positive attitude, to the amazement of those around him. Jeffrey is survived by his loving parents, Bob and Nancy, sister Kariann, brother-in-law Jeremy, brother Kevin, and was the proud uncle of David, Kaylin and Madelyn, grandmother Barbara McCandless and many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins who loved him dearly. Jeffrey had a very special bond with his grandma and grandpa Webster who he now joins in heaven. Jeffrey was also very close to his Minnesota relatives. He always said, "Our family is top seeded". Jeffrey graduated from West High School in Torrance and attended El Camino College. For the past 12 years Jeff was blessed to work for Mattel. He loved his job and all his wonderful Mattel family. Jeffrey was a member of Hope Chapel Hermosa and Freedom Church South Bay. He was very active in Special Olympics and Friends of Torrance Exceptional Athletes. He loved his Saturday morning bowling, bocce, soccer, basketball and all his "Special O" friends. Jeffrey was such a blessing to our family and he will be deeply missed. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Hope Chapel Hermosa on Friday, October 4th 2013, viewing at 10:00A.M. followed by the service at 11:00A.M. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Donations may be made in Jeffrey's name to Friends of Torrance Exceptional Athletes or Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation or Hope Chapel Special Ministries.

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  1. Jeffrey was a light and love here at Mattel that will be missed. He was the best of us. Bob and Nancy — we are so deeply sorry for your loss.

  2. Jeff, you were an amazing beacon of sunshine here at Mattel. I will miss you and your positive spirit so much.

  3. Jeff was a strong-spirited man and one of the most motivated individuals at Mattel. I am confident his energy and enthusiasm displayed day-to-day continue to resonate and touch the lives of those up above. We will miss you. To Jeff’s family: My deepest condolences.

  4. I will never forget this past year on Valentine’s day. Jeff was his eternal optimistic self, when I was having a bad day that I’m sure had no validity….
    When I asked Jeff how he was doing, he responded “Heather, I am soooo blessed!”
    Wow. Happy Valentine’s day to ME! Jeff was an angel on earth, and now heaven needed him. I feel honored to have known him.

  5. Jeff, you were a bright shining star on earth and now you will be one in heaven. Blessings to you and your family.

  6. Jeff, was truly an amazing person and full of so much happiness. The best part of my day was seeing Jeff in the halls and getting one of his awesome high fives! Ill miss you buddy!

  7. Jeffery, I was really sad to hear you had passed. My deepest sympathies to your family. The memories of all your amazing achievements with the Special Olympics and the joy you brought to us here at Mattel will never be forgotten. We will miss you every day.

  8. Jeff was a delight to run into walking the halls at Mattel. I will miss seeing his smile and hearing the “hey buddy!” that came along with a high five or a “pound”. It’s amazing how one person’s attitude can make such positive difference another’s day, and Jeff brought that to me every day I was lucky enough to see him. Will truly miss you, my man.

  9. Jeffery was a true inspiration to all of us. His positive attitude and willingness to help
    his coworkers was so uplifting. He will
    live on in my heart and memories and will always be my guardian angel.

  10. Jeffrey was a bright and shining light here at Mattel. I’m happy for him that he is now in a better place at home with his Lord but I know he will be greatly missed by very many here.

  11. Jeff was a truly special person who touched so many here at Mattel. His smile would always light up the halls, and his faith and determination was an example for all. You are truly missed by your Mattel family, Jeff!

  12. Jeff was a wonderful human being. I was blessed to get to work with him. He was always so positive and whenever I’d ask him how he was doing he’d always say, “I’m doing great my friend.” The Handler Team Center is not as bright without him there. Jeff, I will miss you my friend. To Bob and Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your son with us.

  13. Hey buddy-I’m sure right now you’re fist bumping your way through glory. I’m glad you’re beyond the pain in a place where every tear is wiped away.

  14. Jeff was one those few people that could always be positive, carry a smile, and bring a smile to others faces. So admirable and we can all learn something from that. I was SF to him as I used to joke with him that the SF on his 49ers cap stood for my name. SF will miss seeing you around buddy.

  15. Jeff was an amazing person – funny, caring, positive, comforting. We all miss him and his great hugs at Mattel. My deepest sympathies to his family – he was a wonderful man.

  16. Jeff was such an amazing positive spirit that we have now lost. I am deeply saddened for Bob and Nancy and for the whole Mattel family. We are going to feel this loss for a long time to come, but we are so blessed to have shared so many years with him. I will never forget how proudly he wore that gold medal for basketball or how he always smiled and enthusiastically greeted me every time he saw me. He made me smile so many times (even when I was having a bad day) and I will always be grateful for that.

  17. Jeff’s kind, loving heart shined through daily for all to see — and left a lasting imprint on others. I’m so honored to have known and worked with such an amazing, joy-filled person for 12 years. To Jeff’s family — know that he made such a positive difference to others. He will be sorely missed, and sweetly remembered.

  18. I will greatly miss seeing Jeff each day. His warm smile, kind words and upbeat personality were a constant reminder of all that is good in the world. He greeted me so kindly on my first day of work (and each day thereafter)–something that I will forever remember and appreciate. He will be sorely missed by each and every person fortunate to have ever met him. We’ll remember you always, my friend.

  19. Jeff will truly be missed. He was truly a light to everyone he came across. His positive spirit was truly amazing. Rest in peace dear…

  20. Jeff will forever be remembered in our hearts. I will miss seeing the smile, the happy greetings when I pass him on the hallway. RIP dear friend.

  21. I didn’t get a chance to really get to know him but I recall plenty of times when I would be wandering through the building and would be greeted with a big smile and a hello from him. He was such a nice and enjoyable person and I’m glad I got to experience his light each time I saw him. My thoughts and prayers to his family during this time.

  22. Jeff was a ray of sunshine in our lives. He was always happy and upbeat and had a positive attitude toward others. He was a good example for us all. He will be missed. Sincere condonlences to Jeff’s family who will most assuredly miss him immensely. Rest in peace, dear Jeff.

  23. Life will never be the same because were blessed to know you!
    Never short to task, and always so positive. You were always the first one to greet us, and the last to let go after a hug.. Well done good and faithful servant-I know your dancing in peace…

  24. Jeff, you are a true lesson in life! I don’t think there has ever Been a person as bright ,happy and positive a you. I will miss you dearly and think of you always!

    Your Loving Cousin,

  25. Jeff’s smile always brightened by day. I was blessed to have known him during his 12 years at Mattel and will miss him dearly.

  26. Jeff was one of my favorite people at Mattel, and I will miss him so much. I loved his possitive attitude and friendly nature, and always looked forward to seeing him in the halls. He will be missed by so many, as he had touched so many of us in a very special way. Rest in Peace my friend.

  27. You will be so very missed Jeffrey. Thank you for being such a great co-worker. You always made an effort to offer a hand of help, a happy hello and you always brought a smile to my face. Rest in peace where you can smile on us from above. Our thoughts and prayers of love and support to your family. Warm regards, Samantha

  28. We will miss you so very much Jeff. You were an amazing cousin. You always had a smile on your face and you made everyone feel loved and welcome. You were truly a treasure to our family. Give Grandma and Grandpa big hugs from us. We love you!
    Jake, Wendy, Landon and Logan

  29. Jeff will truely be missed I am so blessed to have known Jeff and to work with him. Each day his smile brightend my day he had such a positive attitude and always gave 100% in whatever he was doing 12 great years at Mattel i will miss you Jeff and your kind words.

  30. Jeffrey is missed at Mattel. It’s just not the same here without him. He was a model employee who took his job seriously, and was always there to train new people and to show them the ropes. He was truly in his element when he was at work at Mattel, and always brightened everyone’s day. My friendship with Jeffrey has made me a better person, and I miss him a lot.

  31. Jeff will always be remembered by his Minnesota family for bringing his Cali. sunshine to his adopted state Mn. Jeff loved to visit his family in Mn.and we (his Mn. family) loved when Jeff and his family would visit us. Jeff loved to come to our cabin , In Jeffs memory, this fall we will plant a tree down by the lake so a part of Jeff will always be Up North,a place he loved to be. Thankyou Jeff for the many life lessons you’ve taught us. Especially during the last season of your life here on earth.Please say hi to the Angel Gabriel and all our loved ones.Jeff we are truly blessed to know you,please know you are in our hearts. Love Stan,Karen&family

  32. Jeff, my friend you were a very special soul. May you rest in peace now without pain. You have touched us all in a very special way. Thank you.


  34. Jeff was my partner in MN Sports team sorrow. He would often stop by to show me his Vikings or Timberwolves hat and to remind me that we always needed to cheer them on. Jeff always brought the spirit of cheering people on despite the day they may be having and that energy is missed dearly. I am so grateful to have known him. My thoughts and prayers to all family and friends.

  35. Jeff, I miss your positive attitude and smile everyday. You always made me feel like a special Aunt and I miss our times together….Las Vegas, Morongo, MN. I know you are at peace in Heaven with Grandma and Grandpa, you are
    another Angel watching over our family.
    Thank you for all the great memories.
    I love you Jeff,
    Aunt Sandi

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