He was a Staff Sergeant in the Canadian Army. He was 33 years old. He left a wife and two small sons back home in Vancouver, BC.
I also served. I was in the Canadian Armed Forces, 12 (Vancouver) Service Battalion in the late 1970s. I was in a peace time army and only served in Canada with forays into the USA for training/war games.
I feel close to my grandfather although we never met… he died 17 years before I was born. But I like to think the fact that we both served our countries ties us together.