Dr. Ferdinand Mejilla: R.I.P.

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  1. Melanie McNamara
    Melanie McNamara March 18, 2017 at 8:12 am .

    What a wonderful tribute Viga…thank you for sharing this with us.

  2. Steve
    Steve March 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm .

    Viga, thank you for the tribute to Dr. Fred (that’s what I always called him too). I can’t believe that only in my memory I’ll see his smile, get the welcoming handshake, and the “how you been my friend?”

    As in your story, Dr. Fred made concessions for me when I was having some financial problems, I didn’t ask for it, he simply offered without any hesitation.

    Dr. Fred has helped me physically, mentally, and financially, and I’ll always be proud to call him my friend.

    We’ve lost one of the good guys, and I miss him terribly.

  3. Allan Schneider
    Allan Schneider March 19, 2017 at 8:02 pm .

    Thank you for making the tribute. I have been a patient for a long time. I remember going to his office in Mississauga when his mom used to run the front desk…Had the pleasure of hearing him proudly speak of his kids over the 13 or so years. I remeber telling him one time, that I was desperately trying to purchase the new WII game system for Christmas for my kids, but due to the demand, I was having no luck. Dr. Fred made a few calls on my behalf, and before you knew it, he had the game system in his office waiting for me to pick it up….Always smiling, always genuine, thats how I will remember this remarkable man!

  4. Marissa
    Marissa March 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm .

    Beautiful words. He will always be the best boss I’ve ever had. We used to have so much fun at marketing events. Tomorrow would have been my weekly visit. It’s going to be hard when 4pm comes and I’m not on my way to the office.

    1. Steve
      Steve March 20, 2017 at 10:45 pm .

      Marissa, I know how you feel, I had a tough time deleting my Wednesday appointment from my calendar, I still keep hoping I’m going to wake from a horrible nightmare.

  5. Paul
    Paul March 21, 2017 at 11:01 pm .

    Fred Ferdinand Mejilla was larger than life. He filled a room with his enthusiasm and good cheer.
    He touched a lot of people.
    I met him when I was just a 23 y/o paramedic. Skeptical, jaded…rude to him. He had just opened his clinic. Haha
    We were fast friends. He would make the trip to my place with his twins and his youngest son Rogue from time to time. My girls really loved him. He was easy to love. A friend asked me how they are coming….like kids…they are playing with friends…but they come around and hug me every few minutes and they’re carrying around the teddy bears he bought them. Kids are awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚
    A few years after his first “exposure” to me….(ha) I popped in to visit him. I was on shore leave on my way to see Beth. He was about to close up and was headed to Homecoming at Palmer. “Why don’t you come? I bet you can get a scholarship. You’d be a an awesome chiropractor”. Something incredible happened ….I believed him. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I called Beth, told her I’d be delayed 5 days (total shore leave was only 14 days…) and that I was making a trip to Davenport Iowa.
    She was glad to hear it. She really liked Fred. She loved how he spoke into me and believed in me.
    Off I went to Homecoming. Had Ottawa u fax my transcripts and was offered a scholarship…just like he said.
    That was more than 20 yrs ago.
    Fred had some hard times over the last 5-6 years and in an ironic twist I was able to speak into him for a change.
    I can’t imagine what could have happened for him to meet a violent death like this. A lot of conjecture bouncing around.
    Just spoke with him less than 2 weeks ago. We were making plans for a return trip to Ottawa with his three youngest kids.
    Can’t believe he’s gone. There is only one eye witness to what happened and, for the time being, no details.
    My phone has been constantly ringing and buzzing over the last 48 hours. It started with being given the news and then continued with inquiries about what happened. What I found most comforting is that everyone has pretty much the same experience of Fred. Full of life, a generous smile and lots of laughs. :). Grateful for him and sad that he is gone.
    I know where he is right now. Not worried about him one bit.

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