Parents of soldier killed in Afghanistan say he was doing what he truly wanted

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The parents of Sgt. Martin Goudreault say their son was easygoing, funny, energetic, not afraid to speak his mind and loved people.
In a statement released by the Canadian Forces, Aurel and Micheline Goudreault say they are incredibly proud of their son, adding he was doing what he truly wanted - to be in the army.
They say he wanted "to make a difference" in Afghanistan after seeing the children there.
And they say "he knew that he was making a difference."
Goudreault, a native of Sudbury, Ont., was killed by a makeshift bomb on Sunday west of Kandahar city. The 35-year-old was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Gen. Walt Natynczyk, chief of the defence staff, will be on hand for a repatriation ceremony Wednesday afternoon at CFB Trenton, Ont.
In their statement, Goudreault's parents relate how he liked to help people, noting he went to the United States to certify as a lifeguard because a community there needed one so their kids could swim.
"Martin was easygoing. He never argued, he was funny and he always had so much energy," they said.
"He was a joker who liked to kid around and he never sweated the small stuff. When it came to his job, his men always came first. His priority was looking after his troops and he was easy to talk to."
They said Goudreault joined the engineers' regiment because it was a challenge and he was always challenging himself.
He once completed the combat diver course because it was the hardest course he could do at that time.

Organizations: Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Sudbury, Kandahar United States

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  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    There is no doubt where this very fine soldier got his courage; from his very fine parents.

    One of those days when being Canadian is a very good thing.

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    There is no doubt where this very fine soldier got his courage; from his very fine parents.

    One of those days when being Canadian is a very good thing.