Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 10, 2008 17:40 ET

Media Advisory: Funeral for Fallen Soldier

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Funeral and interment services will be held tomorrow for Captain Richard (Steve) Leary, 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI). At the request of family, these services will be private and not open to media.

There will, however, be two media opportunities before the funeral. Captain Leary's wife, Rachel, will make a statement to media at approximately 10:15 a.m. This will be followed by a statement from a 2 PPCLI spokesperson. Both opportunities will occur outside Dennis Toll Funeral Home, 55 Charing Cross Street, Brantford.

A native of Brantford, Captain Leary was killed on June 3, 2008, when the foot patrol he was leading came under small arms fire from insurgents in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan.

Editors and producers: Media are asked to rendezvous on the sidewalk adjacent to the funeral home parking lot. Media are not permitted to park at the funeral home.

Contact Information

  • Captain Scott Costen
    519-777-3416