2020 Ironman Curling Honouree John Candy

Each year since 2002, The Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel has continued to raise financial support for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. Here at Ironman we also feel it’s important to raise awareness by recognizing an outstanding individual who has led an extraordinary life, yet was touched by heart disease. For the 2020 bonspiel our Honoree is Mr. John Franklin Candy.

John was born on October 31, 1950, in Newmarket, Ontario. His father was Sidney James Candy and his mother was Evangeline (née Aker) Candy. John went to high school at Neil McNeil, studied journalism at Centennial Community College, and went to McMaster University for higher education.

John Candy and his wife, Rosemary Hobor, had two children, Christopher Michael and Jennifer Anne.

He was an actor and comedian, becoming famous as a member of Second City TV, and a variety of comedy films as well as dramatic roles in several films. John Candy was a co-owner of the CFL Toronto Argonauts from 1991 until his death, and the team won the 1991 Grey Cup under his ownership.

In 1994, while on vacation from film production, John died of a heart attack in Durango, Mexico, on March 4, aged 43. There is a family history of heart attacks suffered by relatively young men, and at the time of his death he was under a significant degree of stress throughout the making of the Wagons East feature film. His funeral was held at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Los Angeles. On March 18, 1994, a special memorial service for Candy, produced by his former improvisation troupe, the Second City, was broadcast across Canada

We’ve ambitiously set our Ironman Curling Bonspiel fundraising goal this year at $25,000 to align with the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing, and we hope the generosity of all of our participants and sponsors will help us realize that goal in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.

John Candy’s Filmography is remarkable, the smiles he generated are uncountable.


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Class of ’44 Title Uncredited
1975 It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time Kopek  
1976 Tunnel Vision Cooper  
The Clown Murders Ollie  
Find the Lady Kopek  
1978 The Silent Partner Simonsen  
1979 Lost and Found Carpentier  
1941 Pvt. Foley  
1980 Top Kid Molly Conway Puppeter & voice
Deadly Companion John  
The Blues Brothers Parole Officer Burton Mercer  
1981 Stripes Dewey “Ox” Oxberger  
Heavy Metal Den / Dan / Desk Sergeant / Robot Voice
1982 It Came from Hollywood Himself  
1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation Russ Lasky  
Going Berserk John Bourgignon  
1984 Splash Freddie Bauer  
1985 Brewster’s Millions Spike Nolan  
Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird Policeman  
Summer Rental Jack Chester  
Volunteers Tom Tuttle  
1986 Armed and Dangerous Frank Dooley  
Little Shop of Horrors Wink Wilkinson  
1987 Spaceballs Barf  
Planes, Trains and Automobiles Del Griffith  
1988 She’s Having a Baby Chet from ‘The Great Outdoors’ Uncredited
The Great Outdoors Chet Ripley  
Hot to Trot Don Voice
1989 Who’s Harry Crumb? Harry Crumb Also Executive Producer
Speed Zone Charlie Cronan  
Uncle Buck Buck Russell  
1990 Masters of Menace Beer Truck Driver  
Home Alone Gus Polinski – Polka King of the Midwest  
The Rescuers Down Under Wilbur Voice
1991 Nothing But Trouble Deputy Dennis / Eldona  
Career Opportunities C. D. Marsh Uncredited
Only the Lonely Danny Muldoon  
Delirious Jack Gable  
JFK Dean Andrews Jr.  
1992 Once Upon a Crime Augie Morosco  
1993 Rookie of the Year Cliff Murdoch (announcer) Uncredited
Cool Runnings Irving “Irv” Blitzer  
1994 Wagons East James Harlow Released posthumously
1995 Canadian Bacon Sheriff Bud Boomer Filmed in 1993; released posthumously, (final film role)



Year Television Role Notes
1972 Cucumber Weatherman Unknown episodes
Dr. Simon Locke Richie Episode: “Death Holds the Scale”
1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak 2nd son Episode: “Last Bride of Salem”
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins   Unknown episodes
1976 The David Steinberg Show Spider Reichman Episode one
Episode two
90 Minutes Live (various) TV series
1976–1977 Coming Up Rosie Wally Wypyzypychwk TV series (With Rosemary Radcliffe, Dan Aykroyd and Catherine O’Hara)
1976–1979 Second City TV (various) 50 episodes
1977 King of Kensington Bandit Episode: “The Hero”
1980 The Courage of Kavik, the Wolf Dog Pinky TV film
Big City Comedy Himself (host) / various TV series (sketch comedy)
1981 Tales of the Klondike   TV mini-series
Saturday Night Live Juan Gavino Episode: “George Kennedy/Miles Davis”
1981–1983 SCTV Network 90 (various) 38 episodes
1983 SCTV Channel (various) Episode: “Maudlin O’ the Night”
1984 The New Show (various) Five episodes
1985 Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas Marcel TV film
The Canadian Conspiracy (various) TV film
The Last Polka Yosh Shmenge/Pa Shmenge TV film
1987 Really Weird Tales Howard Jensen (‘Cursed with Charisma’) TV film
1989 The Rocket Boy The Hawk TV film
Camp Candy Himself 40 episodes, voice
1990 The Dave Thomas Comedy Show   One episode
1992 Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories Narrator Episode: “Blumpoe the Grumpoe Meets Arnold the Cat/Millions of Cats”
Boris and Natasha: The Movie Kalishak TV film
1994 Hostage for a Day Yuri Petrovich TV film
The Magic 7 Smokestack Sam[23] TV film; voice; produced in 1990–1993; Movie never released