BELFAST — Zackary Forest Gilbert, 44, died at home Sept. 25, 2021. He was born Nov. 15, 1976, in Boston, the second son of Suzette Gilbert and Mark Bogardus. His first two years were spent in Appleton, where his parents homesteaded. He later lived in Belfast and attended school there, graduating from Belfast Area High School in 1995.

Zackary was gifted with a personality that commanded attention, and he often filled a room with his presence. He enjoyed sharing his great sense of fun and adventure with others and encouraged others to achieve what they might not think was possible. Zack combined his energy and intensity of focus with his love of sports, becoming an exceptional all-around athlete and valued member of the high school basketball, soccer and track-and-field teams. He loved using his sense of balance to “catch air” in such activities as skateboarding, BMX stunt biking and snowboarding. Zack loved the family dog, Rosie, and other family pets.

He enjoyed cuisine and food preparation, first cooking alongside his mother, later creating delicious and innovative dishes on his own. Zackary traveled as a young man, but returned to live in Belfast, where he felt most connected to his home and community. His professional interests included masonry, carpentry, eeling, lobstering, security, food service and road construction.

Zackary was a true friend and family member who valued the time he spent with people. He was predeceased by his mother, Suzette, father Mark, uncle Bill (Linda) Gilbert and cousin Jeffrey Gilbert. He is survived by his brother Tarik Gilbert, sister Jessica Isakson, brother Jesse Bogardus and sister Astra Bogardus; cousins Skyelar MacLeod, Lydia Crafts, Patrick Gilbert and Eliza Gilbert; family members Careyleah MacLeod and Elaine Isakson; niece Autumn Leighton; uncle Raymond (Patricia) Gilbert; and many other relatives and friends.

Zackary’s unexpected death left behind a family bereft and missing his warmth, quirky sense of humor and often unique interpretations of events, as well as close friends missing his enduring support and loyalty.

Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast. A private memorial gathering is planned. Memories and tributes may be shared on the funeral home website under Zackary’s name at Memorial gifts may be made to the Belfast Soup Kitchen ( or the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Maine ( Inquiries may be directed to Elaine Isakson at 691-6551.

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