Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Pinksen was from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment, based in Corner Brook, N.L., and served with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.
Kerry Pittman, Pinksen's uncle, remembered him as a true soldier. He'd won the top soldier award at the Gallipoli Armouries in Corner Brook and at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
Pittman described himself as his nephew's uncle/father figure. He spent a lot of time with the young man after his father left. At eight years old Pinksen was left to be the father figure for his brothers Brandon, who is now 17, and Blair who is 12.
"He was very protective and he always had genuine concern for his family and friends," Pittman said. "If you met him your first impression probably was 'what a good guy.' That's what everybody's impression of Brian was.
"It's hard to put in words what he was. To me he was everything."
He recalls his nephew's upbeat attitude and how he always made time to do things with his brothers.