"Celebration of Life"
MacIsaac Melendez Kilfoil was born in San Jose, Costa Rica on October 24, 1998. He passed away suddenly in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada on March 21, 2020 at the age of 21.
There will be an informal drop-in "Celebration of Life" 6 - 8 pm on Tuesday November 21, 2023. It will be held at the Fredericton Inn, top of Regent Street. Come in main entrance and go left to the Prince Edward Room. We invite you to attend, and to please bring along any photos or written anecdotes that you may wish to share with Mac’s family.
An only child, Mac is survived by mother Valerie Kilfoil, father George Melendez (Jorge Melendez Cerdas) in Fredericton. Also survived in Canada by maternal Kilfoil family: aunt Laura (Mike), aunt Christine (David), uncle Richard (Cheryl) and several cousins. Predeceased by great-grandparents Louis and Rita (MacIsaac) Kilfoil, and grandfather Kevin MacIsaac Kilfoil of Johnville and Sussex, NB. Grandmother Ann (Boudreau) Kilfoil passed away in 2023.
Survived in Costa Rica by paternal Melendez Cerdas family: grandmother Alicia, uncle Gustavo, special great-aunt Celina, great-uncles Edgar and Elias and families. Predeceased by great-uncle Mario Morales Coronado and great-grandparents Sebastian Melendez Cortez and Maria Cerdas Hernandez.
Mac attended Connaught Street Elementary School, George Street Middle School and Fredericton High School, graduating in 2016. At the time of his passing, Mac was a student at St. Thomas University.
His personal accomplishments included climbing Mount Carleton at age 11. At the age of 18, he wrote and self-published a fantasy fiction novel over 600 pages long. "Book of the Wanderer" was set entirely in the "afterlife" and was planned as possibly the first of a trilogy.
Some activities Mac enjoyed were: swimming, wall-climbing, Frisbee-throwing, playing piano, sketching, walking - especially in the rain. He went through quite a few umbrellas! He liked spring clouds, rain storms, oceans, Christmas, snow, geckos and other lizards, crocodiles and cats. His cat Meowie, an SPCA rescue kitten, became his faithful companion for 17 years.
Due to the COVID pandemic PNB State of Emergency, no visitation or funeral was held at the time of Mac’s passing. Cremation was entrusted to the care of Bishop’s Funeral Home.
If anyone would like to make a donation in memory of Mac, the family might suggest: Canadian Mental Health Association; SPCA; Smythe Street Church; or any church or charitable organization of your choice.
If you were a teacher who inspired or encouraged Mac, we thank you. If you were a friend, present through years of play and laughter, planning and sharing, caring, and a listening ear, we thank you.