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« on: April 21, 2009, 07:12:47 pm »




Cpl  Tyler Brooks died for this nation serving as a member of November Company, 3 RCR, on the 20th of march, 2009. Deeply saddened, the members of the Niagara Branch, The RCR  Association, rallied to support opur fallen comrades service. Tyler was killed by an IED while conducting a dismounted patrol in western Zahri District during Operation Jaley. He will be deeply missed by his family, fiance, friends and all member of The Regiment. Rest in peace, soldier. 
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Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the Deaths of...

Posted : Fri, 20 Mar 2009 22:43:38 GMT

Author : Governor General of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- 03/20/09 -- My husband Jean-Daniel Lafond and I are sorry and deeply saddened to learn that four members of the Canadian Forces and the Afghan interpreter accompanying them were killed, and eight of their comrades in arms wounded under tragic circumstances in Afghanistan. Master Corporal Scott Francis Vernelli, member of the 3rd Battalion, and Corporal Tyler Crooks, member of the 1st Battalion, were from The Royal Canadian Regiment. Troopers Jack Bouthillier and Corey Joseph Hayes were both from The Royal Canadian Dragoons.

The violence that our troops face in Afghanistan is staggering and a cruel reminder of the risks they face during the perilous operations of this demanding and dangerous mission. We recognize the immense courage of those women and men who have chosen to serve in the Forces and who are willing to make any sacrifice to bring security to a population in danger. For this, they have our utmost respect.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the families and friends who are mourning the loss of their loved ones, and I offer my deepest sympathies to their comrades in arms. Our thoughts are also with the wounded soldiers, to whom we wish a speedy recovery, and to their families and friends, who are concerned for their well-being.

To all members of the Canadian Forces who are continuing the mission in Afghanistan by giving the very best of themselves, we would like to express our profound gratitude. Know that you are not alone in your grief and remain uppermost in our thoughts.

Michaelle Jean

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OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

Statement of the prime minister

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today on the deaths of four Canadian soldiers:

“It was with profound sorrow that I learned of the deaths of Master Corporal Scott Francis Vernelli [shown], Trooper Jack Bouthillier, Corporal Tyler Crooks, and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, who died in two separate attacks today in Afghanistan.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones as they deal with this tragic loss. I join with all Canadians in wishing a prompt and full recovery to the other eight soldiers injured in these incidents.

"My thoughts are also with family of the Afghan interpreter who lost his life in one of the attacks.

"The sacrifices being made to help stabilize southern Afghanistan are not in vain. I am proud of our military men and women, their supporting families, and all those Canadians who have served their country in this vital mission.

"The commitment to make Afghanistan a better place to live, demonstrated on a daily basis by the brave men and women of the Canadian Forces, is a testament to the values respected and revered by all Canadians.

"Canadians, and the Government of Canada, stand proudly in support of our Canadian Forces members as they strive to bring safety and stability back to Afghanistan. Master Corporal Vernelli, Trooper Bouthillier, Corporal Crooks, and Trooper Hayes’ sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

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Mar 20, 2009 18:55 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Four Canadian Soldiers


OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 20, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the deaths of four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan:

"It is with utmost sorrow that I extend my condolences, and those of all Canadians, to the friends, families, and colleagues of Master Corporal Scott Francis Vernelli, Corporal Tyler Crooks, Trooper Jack Bouthillier, and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, who were killed today in two separate IED attacks in Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief.

These brave soldiers were participating in a joint operation in Kandahar province during the time of the incidents.

My sympathies also go to the eight other brave soldiers who were injured in the same attacks. We are thinking of you and your families during this difficult time. Our condolences also go to the family of the Afghan interpreter who lost his life in one of the incidents.

These dedicated soldiers were doing their part to ensure that Afghanistan will one day achieve and maintain peace and stability. Their loss was not in vain and Canada and the Canadian Forces are committed to this UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission.

The Canadian Forces family and Canadians everywhere will remain forever grateful for their sacrifice.

Master Corporal Vernelli is a member of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and Corporal Tyler Crooks is a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. Trooper Bouthillier and Trooper Hayes are members of The Royal Canadian Dragoons based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2009, 07:18:39 pm »

  Hero returns home


Thousands gather as Cpl. Tyler Crooks's body is brought back to Port Colborne

Posted By MARK TAYTI/mtayti@wellandtribune.ca
   

PORT COLBORNE — This lakeside city opened its heart Saturday to welcome home fallen soldier Tyler Crooks.

Thousands of people lined the route into town as sadness and regret mixed with pride and love.

For many, the reality of Cpl. Crooks’ death hit home as the black hearse led by a Niagara Regional Police escort quietly rolled past. Tears freely flowed to punctuate the tragic loss of a 24-year-old native son and soldier who was driving into Port Colborne for the last time.

For those lining the streets, the honour guard along Clarence Street completed the hero’s welcome for a young man with deep roots in the city.

The scene was a grim reminder of a faraway war that has already claimed the lives of more than 100 Canadian soldiers.

Cpl. Crooks was killed in Afghanistan on March 20 along with three other Canadian soldiers. He died in an improvised explosion in Kandahar province on his 24th birthday while serving with the 3rd Battalion, November Company, Royal Canadian Regiment.

He was due to return home to Canada on April 17.

Crooks and Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli, 28, of Sault Ste. Marie, were killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in the Zhari district. Crooks and Vernelli, along with other soldiers, were in the final stages of clearing out a village and about to sit down with local elders when a soldier set off a booby trap.

One local interpreter was killed and one was injured in the attack, reported the Canadian Forces.

Trooper Jack Bouthillier of Hearst, Ont., and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, of New Brunswick, of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, were killed just hours later when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Shah Wali Kot district, a region northwest of the city. Eight other soldiers were injured in the two blasts.

All around Port Colborne, signs paid tribute to the Lakeshore Catholic High School graduate who played Junior B hockey for the Port Colborne Sailors growing up. Yellow ribbons and Canadian flags were part of the tragic landscape that honoured the fallen soldier’s return.


In a wireless world where information is instantaneous, news of Cpl. Crooks’ long ride home from MacKinnon and Bowes funeral home in Toronto was updated regularly by cellphone as the procession neared the city limits.

The Highway of Heroes along the QEW and Highway 406 was marked by thousands of Canadians who had turned out in communities along the procession’s route to gather on highway overpasses to pay their respects.

The response in Port Colborne was huge.

“There is no yellow ribbon left in town,” Port Colborne Mayor Vance Badawey said as tears rolled from beneath his dark sunglasses.

Wiping away the tears, Badawey spoke of a city in mourning and a community’s response to one family’s grief.

“The turnout today is phenomenal,” Badawey said. “There is a lot of pride here today.”

He hoped the expressions of love and respect from the community demonstrated to the Crooks family they were not alone.

“We’re going through it together,” he said.

Dorothy Kettle’s voice cracked as she spoke about what it meant to be in Port Colborne Saturday.

Kettle, a relative of the Crooks family, travelled from Toronto to stand in front of Davidson Funeral Home to wait for Cpl. Crooks’ return home.

“It’s overwhelming,” she said. “It’s been a pretty rough week. I feel for my cousin, Karen (Tyler’s mother). Words can’t express …”

Rocco Arillotta and friends sent a message to “Crooksie” from his corner lot on Windsor Terrace and Highway 58. It simply said: Thank You Tyler, Our Hero.

“We all grew up on the same side of town,” Arillotta said. “We’re all really close friends.”

Chad Chevalier, who chose the wording for the sign, said his brother Brandon and Cpl. Crooks were “best friends.”

“That’s the least we can do,” Chevalier said. “This is from the heart.”

Jack Cloutier remembered Cpl. Crooks as a person who knew how to have fun and make people laugh. All agreed his loss has had a tremendous impact on the community.

“Everybody feels sad,” Chevalier said. “That sadness, it’s going to turn to pride. I’m so proud it hurts.”

Bonnie Tkac-Feetham, the principal of St. John Bosco Catholic School, was busy planting Canadian flags along Westside Road at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Her daughter Kate, who is currently living in England, went to high school with Cpl. Crooks.

“When I told her I was doing this, she thanked me,” Tkac-Feetham said. “This is just the way we are here. When one person hurts, we all hurt.”

She also spoke of the young Canadian soldier’s sacrifice.

“I think it is really important that we remember what this young boy did for our country. I hope the children remember.”

Tim and Susie D’Onofrio, Dave and Lorrie Madden and Darren and Hannah Madden parked two pickup trucks at the end of Westside Rd. and were putting up a sign that said “You’re Our Hero, Tyler.”

“We all knew Tyler,” Susie said. “We just want (the Crookses) to see how much we love them. The city has really risen to the occasion.”

She said the tribute was an expression of love, respect and caring.

Dave Madden said he knew Tyler his whole life and he and his wife Lorrie are godparents to Cpl. Crooks’ brother, Tage.

“It floored me when my wife called and told me Tyler had been killed. I didn’t want to believe it.”

Madden said he attended the repatriation ceremony that was held in Trenton, Ont., when Cpl. Crooks’ first returned to Canada.

Susie was handing out yellow lapel ribbons with small Canadian flag pins.

“You need one of these,” she said.

Clarence St. around the funeral home was lined with people by 4 p.m. By 5 p.m. Clarence St. all the way back to Steele St. was brimming with people who had come to pay their respects. Everywhere were signs and Canadian flags. People were quick to share personal stories about the hometown hero who had made an indelible impression on the community during his short lifetime.

Mindy Snider, a cafeteria worker at Lakeshore, stood on Clarence St. with Laurie Poirier and Ett Moore. They remembered Cpl. Crooks as a student.

“It’s remarkable, people coming together at times like this.”

Remarkable, but not unexpected.

“It’s not surprising,” Lakeshore teacher Pat Baiano said. “We come together in good times and in bad times.”

Emily Brown, a Grade 12 student at Lakeshore, said she was out Friday putting yellow ribbons around her house. Her boyfriend, Private Joseph Campbell, is currently serving at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.

She held a sign Saturday that read: Cpl. Tyler Crooks, A Fallen Hero.

“I’m here showing my support,” she said.

Romeo Daley, a Korean War veteran, attended the homecoming in uniform.

“I’m here to honour a fallen comrade,” he said. “But for the grace of God, that could have been me many years ago. This is the least we can do, to honour him and support him.”

Daley, from Fort Erie, said his grandson had once played Junior B hockey with Cpl. Crooks as a Port Colborne Sailor.

Daley was touched by the outpouring of community support.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s nice to see people other than military showing their respect.”

Visitation for Crooks will be held in the chapel of the Davidson Funeral Home, 135 Clarence St., on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The funeral will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 688 Elm St.

On the day of the funeral, the procession will leave the funeral home and proceed to the church. Due to the limited capacity of the church, the Crooks family requests that the attendance of the Military Funeral Service be reserved for immediate family and close friends.

Members of the general public are asked to proceed to the overflow facility located at Lakeshore Catholic High School’s Auditorium, 150 Janet St., where there will be a live video feed of the funeral service.

Committal service and official military interment ceremony will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery on 3rd Concession.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Wounded Warriors" fund. Online condolences and guest register are available at www.davidsonfuneralhomes.com.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2009, 07:24:34 pm »

Members of the Niagara Branch, The RCR Association were joined my local members from the CAVUNP, the PPCLI Association and several legions. The firemen were very receptive and, as you can see, volunteered to hoist the Regimental flag high above us in the ladder truck. We were all very pleased with the manner in which the local population treated us even though it was  very sad occassion.

Onto the bridge. Sadly, this was the second occasion the branch convened within the month to pay our respects to a returning hero.



Al Mackelvey, Korea,  is bearing the Canadian flag and Jimmy Bretherick is bearing the Niagara Branch's regimental banner.


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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2009, 07:26:45 pm »

I wish I would have had a better camera as this picture does not do credit to the amount of people who were there. A fireman is holdiong our regimental banner at the top of the ladder truck. 

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2009, 07:34:24 pm »

This photograph was taken after the funeral procession passed beneath our position. The firemen were very kind to us and as in the case of Warrant Officer Brown's repatriation a couple of weeks prior, ensured veterans, legionnaires and our banners were directly over the incoming lanes. We were all chilled by the time the procession arrived and, afterwards, retreated to the nearest legion to raise a toast of brandy to our fallen comrades.

 
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  Funeral services for fallen soldier Thursday

Public can watch video feed of Cpl. Crook's services at Lakeshore Catholic High School

Posted By MARK TAYTI/Tribune Staff
   

PORT COLBORNE — High-ranking members of the Canadian Forces will attend funeral services Thursday for Port Colborne soldier Cpl. Tyler Crooks.

The service gets underway at First Lutheran Church on Elm St. in Port Colborne at 1 p.m.

It is for family members, friends of the family and “official mourners” only, said Capt. Scott Costen, public affairs officer with 31 Canadian Brigade Group.

Crooks was a member of November Company, 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment based in Petawawa. He was one of four soldiers killed in two separate incidents March 20 in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

The 24-year-old Crooks and Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli, 28, of Sault Ste. Marie, were killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in the Zhari district. Crooks and Vernelli, along with other soldiers, were in the final stages of clearing out a village and about to sit down with local elders when a soldier set off a booby trap.

One local interpreter was killed and one was injured in the attack, reported the Canadian Forces.

Trooper Jack Bouthillier of Hearst, Ont., and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, of New Brunswick, of The Royal Canadian Dragoons, were killed just hours later when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Shah Wali Kot district, a region northwest of the city. Eight other soldiers were injured in the two blasts.

Costen said he expects about 400 people will attend Thursday's funeral service at the church.

The public has an opportunity to watch a live video feed of the funeral service at Lakeshore Catholic High School at 150 Janet St.

"Members of the media are excluded from both locations at the request of the family,” Costen said. The media is allowed to observe the funeral procession as it enters and exits the church.

Military officials in attendance are to include Brig.-Gen. John Collin, commander of land forces central area; Col. Dean Milner, commander of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group; Maj. Mike Percy, acting commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment and Lt.-Col. Matt Richardson of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

Costen said at least 40 members of the 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment are expected to attend.

Army reserve units are also expected to be in attendance, Costen added.

There will be a short procession from Davidson Funeral Homes on Clarence St. to the church led by a Niagara Regional Police escort.

A “bearer party” consisting of military personnel will carry the body of Cpl. Crooks into the church while a military guard salutes the fallen soldier.

The service will be led by Rev. Thomas Arth, who said his message will centre on trying to provide “comfort to the loved ones who are going to be missing Tyler.”

“There is a sadness,”Arth said. “He died way too soon.”

Scriptures will be read and prayers given by Rev. Mike McHugh, chaplain for the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, and Francesca Scorsone, a chaplain from CFB Petawawa.

Arth said about eight people will deliver eulogies at the service. He anticipates the service will take an hour or longer.

The church sanctuary seats about 220 and the church hall – which will have a live video feed – seats another 220. Arth said the Lincoln and Welland Regiment was at the church yesterday dropping off more chairs.

Lakeshore Catholic High School auditorium seats 600.

Arth said text he will be using for the funeral is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and John 15.

The funeral procession from the church to the cemetery will travel north on Elm St. to Main St. E., east to Highway 140 and north to 3rd Concession and east to St. Paul’s cemetery in Bethel.

Costen said the interment at St. Paul’s Cemetery is a private ceremony and not intended for members of the general public.
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2009, 07:46:04 pm »

A sad day for the people of Port Colborne, Ontario, where our regimental brother in arms, Tyler Crooks, was interned beneath a shining sun and the sound of rifle fire shattering the peaceful nature of the rural cemetery.

Let me assure the older generation, of which I am one, that those who have taken up the torch, those fine young Royal Canadians of the next generation are every bit as sharp and professionally polished as we once were. The troops performed an outstanding job under very difficult circumstances and, on behalf of the Niagara Branch, compliments to everybody involved.

We assembled on either side of the road just outside of the cemetery. Jay Matson, whom joined our group last week on the bridge, honoured us by accepting my request for him to bear the Regimental banner. Jay is a serving member of the Regiment and Afghan veteran with two tours under his belt. He is currently posted here in the Niagara Region. Paraded sharply in the dress uniform of the Royal Canadian Regiment, he stood proud on the right.

Al Mckelvey, Korean, colour sergeant for our Branch, bore The Association Niagara Branch banner on the opposite side the the street. Royal Canadians in attendance were  Mike Gander, Brian Peacock, Andy Anderson, who drove down from Hamilton to join us, Ed MacDonald, Korean Vet, myself and Jimmy Kaczmerec. We were joined on parade by the president of the Niagara Region, PPCLI Association, George Ledwand, Hub Lalonde, my favourite Korean War Patricia, Don "Buzz" Bowman, president of the Cpl Albert Storm CD Branch, CAVUNP and several legionnaires of fine standing.

To our surprise, Major General Walter M. Holmes, MBE, CD, Honourary Colonel of the The Royal Canadian Regiment, was in attendance and graciously took a moment to briefly speak with each of our members before the funeral procession arrived.



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The firing party, piper and the bugler can be seen on the left.
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1979-3RCR  M Coy 12C,  Sigs, Pipes&Drums
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2009, 07:50:43 pm »

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                   Mortars
                   CFB Baden WG

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1982 1RCR  Mortars 51B, Dukes, BBC (Cyp)
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2009, 07:54:51 pm »

This brave young man had the hardest duty of all. Cpl Obee, who also lived with Tyler in Petawawa, was responsible for escorting the Cpl Tyler home. I spoke with him briefly at the funeral home and was very proud of him for he did an outstanding job under very trying conditions.

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1979-3RCR  M Coy 12C,  Sigs, Pipes&Drums
                   Mortars
                   CFB Baden WG

1982 1RCR  Mortars 51B, Dukes, BBC (Cyp)
                   Mortars, WO-Sgts Mess,
                   CFB London

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                   Mortars
                   CFB Baden WG

1982 1RCR  Mortars 51B, Dukes, BBC (Cyp)
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                   Mortars
                   CFB Baden WG

1982 1RCR  Mortars 51B, Dukes, BBC (Cyp)
                   Mortars, WO-Sgts Mess,
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                   Mortars
                   CFB Baden WG

1982 1RCR  Mortars 51B, Dukes, BBC (Cyp)
                   Mortars, WO-Sgts Mess,
                   CFB London

2008            President. Niagara Branch
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1979-3RCR  M Coy 12C,  Sigs, Pipes&Drums
                   Mortars
                   CFB Baden WG

1982 1RCR  Mortars 51B, Dukes, BBC (Cyp)
                   Mortars, WO-Sgts Mess,
                   CFB London

2008            President. Niagara Branch
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« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2009, 07:59:07 pm »



It was at this point of time we silently withdrew to allow the family to have more privacy. A sad day. 

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                   CFB London

1979-3RCR  M Coy 12C,  Sigs, Pipes&Drums
                   Mortars
                   CFB Baden WG

1982 1RCR  Mortars 51B, Dukes, BBC (Cyp)
                   Mortars, WO-Sgts Mess,
                   CFB London

2008            President. Niagara Branch
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