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Obituary: Jean and Christopher McCandless, 1943-2024 and 1946-2024 

Husband and wife were dedicated and loving in their work for others

Published June 25, 2024 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated June 25, 2024 at 2:24 p.m.

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The family of Christopher and Jean Margaret (Watson) McCandless, husband and wife, of Burlington, Vt., announce their recent deaths and a joint celebration of life service this Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Christopher, 77, a retired cabinetmaker and peace worker, passed away at home, surrounded by family, on March 22, 2024, after a long struggle with prostate cancer. Jean, 80, a retired clinical social worker and coalition builder, continued to live at home in the warm care of her children and a devoted team of caregivers. She died on April 27, 2024, of Alzheimer’s disease.

A celebration of life honoring Jean and Christopher will be held on June 29, 2024, 2 p.m., at Burlington Friends Meeting, followed by a potluck reception.

For details or to attend by Zoom, visit

In lieu of flowers, we invite donations to the American Friends Service Committee or Open Door Clinic. A full obituary will soon be available at

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