"Loss is never easy but I can optimistically say it is one of the great teachers in life," Chris Candy wrote in his tribute.
Even after someone has passed away, their impact on the world and the memories they have left behind continue to live on. Each person leaves behind a unique legacy that is built upon their actions, thoughts, and relationships.
John Candy, the beloved Canadian actor and comedian passed away 29 years ago, but his memory lives on through his family and fans. On March 4th, the anniversary of his death, his two children, Jennifer and Chris Candy, took to Instagram to pay tribute to their late father, per TODAY.
Jennifer Candy shared a throwback photo of her and her dad posing in a kitchen, captioning it with a short but heartfelt message. “You will always be around. You will always be missed. You will always be loved,” she wrote.
Chris Candy, on the other hand, posted an old photo on Instagram of his father standing near the water, along with a touching message. “Sending love to my father today,” he wrote. “29 years ago you started a new journey. I miss you and think of you often. I still think of you daily. Loss is never easy but I can optimistically say it is one of the great teachers in life.”
John Candy was best known for his roles in popular 1980s comedies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles and The Great Outdoors. He was also a cast member on the Canadian sketch comedy show, SCTV. Despite his success, he never let fame get to his head and was known for his down-to-earth personality and kindhearted nature.
Jennifer and Chris Candy have been honoring their father’s memory each year since his passing. In 2020, Jennifer’s tribute post garnered responses from fellow actors like Mark Hamill and Ben Stiller, who praised John Candy’s talent and comedic genius.
In 2021, both Jennifer and Chris shared their deep longing for their father on social media. Taking to Instagram, Jennifer posted a framed black and white photo of her dad in front of a candle, with the simple caption, “Miss you everyday dad.” Chris, meanwhile, shared two photos on Twitter, one of a bouquet of flowers and another of his dad posing with a cat on his shoulder and a golf bag by his side. “Missing you always,” he wrote.
Even beyond his family, John Candy’s legacy continues to inspire and entertain. On the 25th anniversary of his death in 2019, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds created a tribute video on Twitter featuring clips from John Candy’s films. “We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero,” Reynolds wrote. “If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure.”
It’s the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing. We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero. If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure. Thanks to @chriscandy4u and @therealjencandy. 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/dHvuviKnBs— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 3, 2019
It’s clear that John Candy’s impact on the entertainment world and the hearts of his loved ones will never fade. His humor and kindness continue to be celebrated and cherished, even decades after his passing.
Cover Image Source: Instagram | Chris Candy