John McArdle

Class of 1993

John was born in 1913 in Los Angeles and attended Notre Dame University on a football scholarship. He was marred in 1941 and raised four children. He founded the McArdle Brokerage Co. of Los Angeles in 1947.

He was a pioneer in the candy brokerage business in Southern California, covering all of California, Nevada, western Arizona and Baja California by himself in the early years. Considering that the air-conditioned cars were something of the future then, it was a remarkable feat. In 1957, his brother, Joe, joined him in the business.

John was a charter member of the Los Angeles Confectionery Sales Club and served as its president in 1953-54. He was president of the Candy Brokers Association in 1965 and was awarded Lifetime membership in the National Candy Brokers Association in 1990.