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Sandro McIlroy


2001 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sandro McIlroy Obituary
LIVE LIKE SANDRO

Sandro Koa McIlroy was born at 12:44pm on Monday, March 26, 2001. He left us much too soon on Friday, April 7, 2017. Sandro turned 16 years old just a short time before his accident. Instead of focusing on the grief from losing our only child, we will focus on the beautiful character that was and is our son. Sandro was always happy. He was a smiling, inquisitive and funny baby. He was a rambunctious, mischievous and loving toddler and young boy. He laughed easily throughout his life, even during his rebellious times. He was perfectly imperfect and unlike anyone else. He was a young man who loved people and was fiercely loyal. And we're so proud that he was fiercely loved in return. We miss him every second and will miss him every second of every day forever.
April and Brad McIlroy


MESSSAGES FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF SANDRO:

From a tiny boy, Sandro could make us smile, make us laugh and warm our hearts! We wish we had lived close enough to have his wit and bright light in our daily lives. Every visit with Sandro was a visit with happiness. We love you Sandro,
The Boss Family

He's the sweetest child, and the most important part of my life. I have no idea how to manage a life without him. He's been the best part of my life for the past sixteen years, and it's just impossible to imagine my life with him not in it. He was an absolute blessing for me. What fun it was to have him make his surfboards in my garage! He was so excited to make his boards! I am so happy and proud to have been his Grandmother....and truly blessed!
Thank you for Sandro.
The Grandma

In sixteen years Sandro gave more to the people he loved than most people can in a lifetime. As we grow old, we will remember Sandro as he was. As he is. A boy in sync with the universe in a way we won't be able to understand. Sandro is suspended in the eternity of our memory. I try to find some beauty in that. We are all shattered by what we have lost. However, during these hard times it becomes critical to remember what we had. Picture that wide eyed grin you all know, the way he'd push his hair back with his hand and look up at the sky, how he'd paddle with his fins facing the wrong direction and keep a straight face until one of you couldn't take it anymore and you'd just explode in laughter. Love was second nature to him, he didn't really have to think about it. I am so grateful for late night talks at Metlox, for dawn patrol sessions, for walking me back to my car every day after school, and for having someone to be the most honest and raw version of myself with.
Sandro was our friend during the years that shape who we will be forever. How lucky are we to have his influence, his values. Our character has been shaped by his. We will forever hold a special place in our hearts for Sandro. Sandro lives on in the changing tides of the ocean, in the winking sun as it peaks over the horizon, in the smile of a child, and in the loving embrace of his friends and family. I am so lucky to have had him in my life, we all are.

Best and Love,
Charlotte Sabina

My name is Charles Hobart, I was a friend of Sandro. I met him 2 years ago at the Manhattan Beach pier. I was in the grade below him and went to a different school, he had a large amount of friends, and that intimidated me at first, but he welcomed me with open arms and I became friends with him and Sandro's friends as well. Throughout these years of knowing Sandro, he has always been a great friend. I don't have a single memory of Sandro where I did not enjoy his presence, he was always in a jubilant mood and effected everyone around him as such. In my life I have never met someone as kind hearted as him, he went out of his way to make people feel good. I was shocked to hear of his accident, the whole community is heartbroken to see such an amazing person leave so soon. To meet such an amazing, kindhearted, joyful, and funny kid, had been an unparalleled experience. It pains me to see him leave so soon, but I would like you both to know that he will forever hold a special place in my heart. I speak for myself many of his friends by saying we loved Sandro, and were lucky enough to meet such a special person…..
Charles Hobart


My first baby love Sandro. Such a beautiful happy baby. From the moment he came home he had a smile that could brighten the sky. I loved being with him so much. I couldn't wait to come home from work every day just to see him. I would make any excuse just to go upstairs to see April & Brad because all I wanted to do was hold him. I would hold him on my chest and rock him in our hammock for hours just staring and kissing him every chance I could month after month. He was a gift of pure joy, not only to them but to us too. As he got older, his curiosity was so sweet and innocent. He loved bananas…and smashing them! He would grab them in my apartment and his grip was so strong he would smash them in 1 hand, then look at me and laugh so hard. This was so exciting to him. He also loved when I gave him grape otter pops and always wanted one. He would follow me around so excited.
His beautiful curiosity guided him to want to learn so much. He would love to talk with my husband Jay and ask him about his red truck. What's in it, what he used the tools for and he wanted to know the name of every single tool. So on the weekends Jay would take him to the truck and show him how to use them. He loved that his truck was red because it reminded him of the fire trucks. Playing with him and answering all of his curious questions was so much fun. These memories of Sandro will be embedded deep in our hearts always & forever. ……..
Christine and Jay Lusita


Sandro was simply such a kind spirit that always had the intentions of making those around him happy. He just wanted to spread love and happiness. He was truly a spectacular individual. One of the things that always struck me as being so unique with Sandro and I was how similar our senses of humor were. We would think of something and twist it in ways that made absolutely no sense, yet we would both be dying of laughter together, sometimes quite literally rolling on the ground with laughter. I have so much more to say but I don't want to take up too much of your time so please let me know if you want any more. I'm more than glad to help. I was so blessed to know Sandro, let alone be best of friends with him.
With love
Preston Thue

Sandro was an incredible friend and someone I could always look to when I needed a little more love or comfort. Even when I would try to hide my feelings that were not the happiest, he always could tell that something was up. He'd give me the biggest hug and say that it would be okay, followed by asking if anyone needed a talking to because they messed with me or made me upset. I always loved when he would come over to my house with everyone because you always knew where to find him. He would be in the kitchen eating whatever baked good my mom had made for everyone and in the middle of a conversation with whoever else was in the room. The conversations were always full of smiles and endless moments of laughter. My favorite memory would probably be a combination of all the times I asked my 2 year old brother Hugo who his best friend was, or who Shane's best friend was, and the response would always happily and almost immediately be "Sandro!" Sandro is one of my greatest friends and I could list endless memories I made with him, but those I love the most are the ones where I saw how he impacted others' lives with his laughter and smile, because I know it was not only my life. He was a friend to all, those his age, older, and even much younger. He included everyone and always made sure that everyone knew they were loved and had open arms to lean into whenever they needed it….Isabel Frandsen


Sandro was a great person and an even better friend. As much a goof and kook as
he was, he would always be there when you needed to count on him. Even though
he may be gone, he surrounded himself with amazing people. Sandro had
awesome parents who loved him with every piece of their being, friends who would
trust him with their life, and made sure that everyone had a smile on their face
whenever he was around; nobody was allowed to not be smiling. It is because of his
family and friends that he truly is not gone, but still here with us. Whether it's when
we are at the beach surfing or cruising down the strand, he will be right there with
us; in our hearts, in our memories, and within ourselves.
Izzy Stein


Forever a boy now living in the light, living a life just out of our sight. Brad and April, you created a masterpiece!
We love you,
Uncle Ned, Aunt Mari and love from Mike "Mav" and family too.


Thank you for picking me to be your Mom. I have and will love you every moment…..forever…
--Momster


Gone so soon. Now we only have the memories we shared with you. You were always at my house for Thanksgiving and other holidays. I remember when I first met you in the first grade. You said I could sit with you at lunch because I knew nobody there. The last time I saw you was when you came over for the Oscars. Getting me to ride the tower of terror for the first time and so much more. You always knew how to get someone to smile and whenever someone needed someone to lean on you were there. You've always been my brother. Sandro you are a part of our family and always will be. Rest In Peace Sandro
Ajay and Ria Dalal



Sandro was an amazing kid who was always kind to everyone and loved by everyone in the community. His passion and love for the sport of surfing will never be forgotten by family and friends. Trey Mahan



His legacy will live on in the lives of those who he touched. I'm really glad I was blessed enough to know him…….
Claire Stebbings


I had the fortune of being part of Sandro's life since he was 10. I saw Sandro transform from his round, cute face to an athletic, tall, handsome and charming young man. His visits always seemed to be scheduled before or right after surfing. He was the symbol for the beach and the ocean. Even his hair embodied the flowing imagery of the ocean's smooth waves.
As for his personality, he was always happy and positive! His optimism always inspired me. Sandro, you touched my heart and all the people you met!
Now go on and surf all day long in heaven's ocean and you never need to worry about braces and rubber banding again!
Love u,
Dr. Maryam

Sandro, you were one of my main sources of happiness. And looking back on all the memories, you will forever hold that title. You were a kook who loved surfing more than anything else in the world and you were full of so many surprises. My favorite moments were when we danced together and you pretended not to know the words to Ed Sheeran (even though it was pretty obvious that you did know them) or when it was just us two and we would talk about boats and stars and all of the other cliché things that you only see in movies. In these honest moments, I saw the real Sandro and I fell in love with him. You showed me that little words like "you look beautiful' and "are you sure there's no meat in that?' can make my heart melt (with happiness or rage). As I have said many times before….you are an idiot. But you are my favorite idiot. And I will love and miss you always,
Erika Placer


From day one of meeting Sandro, he kept me cracking up, rolling my eyes and constantly smiling. I admired his quick wit, impressive humor and love of delicious smelling hairsprays. I loved that he could take a joke just as well as he could dish them out. I loved witnessing his love and courageousness for the things he was passionate about. He wasn't afraid of going to the beat of his own drum and I know that's why so many people loved him. I will never forget that sweet bracey smile before he got them off, the way he turned into a total softy when my pups were around, the astonishment he'd have every time we'd finishing cutting his already perfect and naturally glorious locks, and I'll never forget the way he lovingly teased his folks and they'd look at him with this "look" and just smile. I will miss his incredible presence so much, but will think of him forever, and feel him lingering in the air, every time I spritz that hairspray of his. I love you Sandro, I'm so happy I had the pleasure of getting to know you and calling you my friend.

Mia Zdjelar


"THE GRADUATION OF A SURFER SOLDIER"
DEAR SANDY,
YOUR MAMA ASKED ME TO WRITE YOU A "LOVE LETTER"…. PLEASE, HELP ME JESUS!
REMEMBER…………………... WHEN I ASKED YOU IF I CAN CALL YOU "SANDY?"
YOU REMIND ME OF THE YOUNG 18, 19 YEAR OLD SOLDIERS THAT I WAS IN CHARGE OF , WHEN I WAS A SERGEANT IN THE NATIONAL GUARD BACK IN 2007 . WE WERE TRAINING TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ, I WAS THE 2ND OLDEST SOLDIER IN THE BATTALION!
REMEMBER THE STORY I TOLD YOU ABOUT HOW I ALMOST HAD TO GO TO IRAQ FOR THE 2ND TIME? AND HOW SURFING SAVED ME FROM GOING, BECAUSE OF A WIPE OUT AND HOW I WOUNDED MY LEFT SHOULDER, AND HAVING POOR HEARING DUE TO "SURFER'S EAR".
REMEMBER THE STORY I TOLD YOU ABOUT HOW I BECAME A "BORN - AGAIN" CHRISTIAN, ALMOST DROWNING ON DECEMBER 16, 1976. SURFING AT "ROCKY POINT", ON THE NORTH SHORE OF OAHU!
AND REMEMBER THE TIME THAT WE FIRST MET? YOU WERE WHAT, 11 YEARS OLD ……..? IT WAS DURING "SPRING BREAK" 2012, 5 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH! ………… I REMEMBER DEARLY, BECAUSE I WAS TEST DRIVING A NEW SURFBOARD, AND WE WERE SITTING OUT IN THE WATER TALKING, AND YOU WERE MENTIONING ABOUT HOW MUCH WEIGHT YOU HAVE LOST AND THAT THE WETSUIT WAS BECOMING TOO BIG AND BULKY, I QUICKLY RESPONDED BY SAYING, "HEY KID, I'LL BUY IT IF YOU WANNA SELL IT."
REMEMBER ME TELLING YOU ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUGS, ALCOHOL ABUSE, AND SEXUAL PROMISCUITY AND HOW IT RUINS THE LIVES OF MANY SURFERS, AND NOT TO WORRY ABOUT GIRLS AND DATING, BECAUSE EDUCATION AND SURFING IS MORE IMPORTANT! I WARNED YOU ABOUT THAT ONCE YOU EXPERIENCE SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE, ESPECIALLY AT A YOUNG AGE THAT YOU WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE AND FOCUS! WHICH IS VITAL IN SURFING AND ALL ENDEAVORS OF LIFE, ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. REMEMBER ME BRAGGING TO YOU ABOUT MY "PURITY RING" AND THAT I'M PROBABLY THE OLDEST VIRGIN YOU'LL EVER MEET, AND THAT MY SURFBOARD HAS BEEN MY GIRLFRIEND & WIFE AND HOW SHE HAS KEPT ME OUT OF TROUBLE ALL THESE YEARS OF MY LIFE !
HA, HA, HA!
I REMEMBER THE LAST CONVERSATION WE HAD.
I TOLD YOU FRANKIE, PRESTON, AND A COUPLE OF YOUR NON SURFER FRIENDS, THAT NEXT MONTH APRIL, "SPRING BREAK" WILL BE MY 45 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SURFING MANHATTAN BEACH AND HOW I CAUGHT MY FIRST WAVE OFF THE MANHATTAN PIER!
I WANNA END THIS LETTER BY SAYING ATTA BOY SOLDIER, SURFER! THAT YOU HAVE GRADUATED "PLANET EARTH."
SANDY, MY BOY!…………… THE BIBLE SAYS IN 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5, VERSE 8
"TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE AT HOME WITH THE LORD."
APRIL IS THE "MONTH OF EASTER" AND EASTER IS THE WORLD'S HISTORICAL PROOF OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST!
SANDY… "FATHER GOD" HAS TAKEN YOU HOME, BECAUSE YOU WERE AT THE TOP OF THE CLASS! YOUR MISSION ON EARTH IS FINISHED, YOU 'VE DONE YOUR DUTY!
I WILL SEE YOU SOMEDAY!
"OTTS" ?



"I LOVE YOU THE MOST AND I ALWAYS WILL"
--THE DADSTER
Published in The Beach Reporter on May 4, 2017
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