Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 10, 2006 17:23 ET

DND: Statement from the Family of Corporal Robert Thomas James Mitchell

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 10, 2006) - First and foremost, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Craig Gillam, and also to the other families that have lost loved ones in Afghanistan. Ours is a shared tragedy. We understand the difficult times you are going through, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert will be remembered in many ways. To his friends, he was the guy who would cross the finish line of a 50 km Ironman, a smile still beaming on his face, with enough left in him to go for a long jog the next day. To his regiment he was the consummate professional soldier with limitless potential. To us, his family, he was a dedicated father, a loving son, and an amazing husband.

It was pride in this country, respect for his regiment, and his devotion to duty that led Robert to Afghanistan. His support and belief in the importance of the mission was unwavering. As a proud Canadian, he took upon himself the obligation of this nation to help those around the globe less fortunate than we.

His life was one of quiet dedication and service: it was far too short, but far from empty. Those who knew him were enriched by the experience. The world is somehow lesser without him in it.

He will be truly and dearly missed.

Loving Friends and Family

Contact Information

  • 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
    2nd Lieut. Krzysztof Stachura
    Public Affairs Officer
    613-687-5511 ext. 6351
    613-639-0485 (cell)