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Lionel M Macauley

January 7, 1992 ~ September 13, 2020 (age 28)


LIONEL MICHAEL ADEBISI MACAULEY (Known to many as ELLO), was born on January 7th 1992, in New Brunswick New Jersey to Mr. Cyril Ayo Macauley and Mrs. Esther Maria Macauley.  He attended Hillcrest Elementary School and Franklin High School.  Lionel started playing basketball, football and running track at a young age and continued all throughout high school where he became captain of the Franklin Warriors Football Team. Lionel’s passion for the arts began when he joined the high school dance team, drama class and cabaret.  After he graduated from Franklin High School, he pursued his post-secondary education at Delaware Valley College where he continued to play football for a short time.  He then continued to pursue his career as an Actor, Dancer and Spoken Word Artist.  Most importantly, he was a PEACE MAKER, full of life, positive energy, and was an inspiration to many.

Lionel was a member of the popular dance group, TEAM FRANKLIN.  He also collaborated with Ron Downes, appearing in 3 of his 6 short films.  Lionel did not attend a school for theater but was able to learn the craft on his own.   Lionel joined a company called SIGN DANCE COLLECTIVE INTERNATIONAL based in the United Kingdom.  Lionel toured and traveled the world with SIGN DANCE COLLETIVE INTERNATIONAL, performing and teaching workshops. 

Lionel is survived by his parent Cyril Ayo Macauley and Esther Maria Macauley; brother, Ronald Macauley; and sister, Michelle Macauley.  Aunts and uncles include: Joseph Macauley, Ronald Macauley, Milton Macauley, Alphonso Macauley, Jamal Macauley, and Edmund Thomas.  Aunts: Michaela Macauley, Mrs. Onikeh Williams, Amelia Thomas, and Edmunda Thomas.  Cousins include: Ina Macauley, Akiewande Macauley, Meriam Macauley, Ronnie Macauley, Donald Macauley, Augusta Macauley, Marvel Macauley, David Macauley, Kayode Williams, Ladi Williams, Charles Waller. Niji Thomas, Akin Thomas, Kunle Thomas and a host of cousins in the USA, UK, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, and South Africa.  Grandparents; Rev. MLA Macauley and Mrs. Augusta Macauley.  Nephew; Roman Macauley.

Relatives include; the Williams, the Garricks, the Thomas, the Palmers, the Thomas, the Freemans, the Johnsons, the Subah, the Cleeves, the Strasser-Kings, the Porters, the Ogoos, the Slowes, Roy Atkins, the Macauley-Andersons, Melissa Lightfoot-Taylor, Jenner Cole, and Christo Davies, the Macauley and Thomas family at home and abroad.

Close Friends: Ron Downes Jr. Jeremy Daniels, Rashid Tholley, Benie Bates, Rafieu Deen-Williams, Eva Ndichu, Jevon Burkett, Karim Cole and Javon Royal.

Members of Team Franklin, Franklin Warriors Football Team and Sign Dance Collective International Company in the UK

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Walk Thru Viewing
September 25, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Buckland Funeral Home
10 West End Ave.
Somerville, NJ 08876

Public Viewing
September 26, 2020

8:00 AM to 9:15 AM
United Methodist Church at New Brunswick
323 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Funeral Service
September 26, 2020

9:15 AM
United Methodist Church at New Brunswick
323 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Graveside Service
September 26, 2020

11:45 AM
Franklin Memorial Park
1800 State Highway 27
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Celebration of Life
September 26, 2020

2:00 PM
Consolata Missionaries
2301 NJ-27
Somerset, NJ 08902

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