The Fredericton Loyalists Rugby Club  established the Loyalists Legends Legacy Fund in June 2022. The Fund is intended to provide funding from its endowment to further the goals of the club with a particular focus on youth development.

The fund’s genesis came in 2018 with the passing of long-time club stalwart Malcolm MacAfee. “Malcolm was a true club man in that he performed whatever duty was needed of him day to day, on the field or off. His two true passions, however, were the club’s long term financial stability and youth development. He called himself ‘treasurer for life’ but was also a regular coaching kids Saturday morning’s from our mini-rugby program’s inception in 1979 right up the fall he passed away in 2018.

Malcolm MacAfee

The concept of an endowment fund was born out of the question – What Would Malcolm Want? – and that started us down the path to creating this fund” – Simon Pacey – Loyalist Alumni Director. Malcolm’s passing created the concept and it was two founding donations that have brought the fund to reality. First in 2020 the family of Ray Boucher made a $10,000 donation to the club that became his second home after moving to Fredericton from Montreal in 1981. The club has since named an award in Ray’s name that honours the newcomer that best exemplifies the club’s values.

Ray Boucher

The Second donation came from the family of James ‘J’ McKay. J was a long time player and member of the board at the club through the 70’s and 80’s as the club grew and purchased the land for our current home. He was instrumental in making the clubhouse and grounds a reality and was a key member of the 1979 Caledonia Cup winning squad. The McKay family donated $10,000 on his behalf.

James J. McKay

2021 was the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Loyalists RFC but the celebrations were disrupted by the pandemic. The club will gather this summer to celebrate 60 years so the creation of the fund will be a major focal point for that celebration.

The Fund will support the Loyalist Rugby Club in perpetuity, and will be an opportunity for alumni, players, and supporters to recognize their appreciation for the club through a one-time or monthly donations.