Sunday, June 26, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Master Cpl Francis Roy. I hope he has found some peace.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Master Cpl. Francis Roy of Rimouski, Que. and the Canadian Special Operations Regiment was named Sunday as the 157th Canadian soldier to have died in Afghanistan.
With only 10 days left before the official end of Canada's five-year combat mission in southern Afghanistan, Roy, who was a transport specialist and former member of the Royal 22e Regiment, died Saturday morning of what were described as a "non-combat related wounds."
However, Roy's name was not released until Sunday by Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner, the Task Force Kandahar commander, because of a request from Roy's family to delay the announcement.
In announcing Roy's death and extending condolences to his family, Milner said: "We will maintain our resolve and remain committed to the mission during the final days."
Roy, 32, a logistician specializing in transport movements, volunteered to join CSOR in 2007. He was described by Milner as an avid fisherman and runner as well as having a passion for old cars.
Roy died at a forward base in Kandahar City where he was a transport specialist for special forces commandos who carry out secret missions in support of Canadian and other coalition and Afghan forces. On a previous overseas tour in 2009, Roy served at Camp Mirage, Canada's former staging base in Dubai.