Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 26, 2010 14:34 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Captain Francis Cecil Paul

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian Forces member serving Canada's mission in Afghanistan:

"I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Captain Francis (Frank) Cecil Paul. Captain Paul passed on February 10, 2010, while at home in Canada on leave from his tour of duty in Afghanistan. His selfless and courageous service to our nation will be remembered by all who knew him. Today, Captain Paul is rightfully taking his place among his comrades who fell helping Afghans build a brighter future for themselves.

Captain Paul will be remembered as a professional, dedicated soldier who was proud to serve his country as part of this UN-mandated, NATO-led mission. His service to Canada has earned the recognition and the respect of us all.

He will be missed by the Canadian Forces family, his community and Canadians everywhere – we will always remember him."

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