Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bless Private Tyler William Todd ~ Sunday, April 11th, 2010

It is with sorrow today that we learn of the news of our fallen Canadian Soldier. We pray that the Todd family is embraced with love on this very tragic day. Sincerest condolences are sent to friends and family of Pte. Tyler William Todd in particular the comrades who served alongside Tyler in Canada and in Afghanistan. Canada shares your pain and our thoughts are with you through this difficult journey...Rest In Peace...Private, you will be missed.

Private Tyler William Todd ( Funeral Details listed below)
Private Tyler William Todd, a 26-year-old soldier, originally from Kitchener, based in Edmonton, has been killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) that detonated during a dismounted (foot patrol) security patrol in the Dand district at approximately 7:30 a.m. Kandahar time April 11th, 2010. The incident occurred in the vicinity of Belanday, Dand district, approximately eight-kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.
Private Todd from the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He was serving as a member with Task Force 3-09 Battle Group.
At this sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen Canadian comrade. The commitment and sacrifice of our soldiers and their loved ones are helping to make a difference in the lives of the people of Kandahar Province.

Brig.-Gen. Dan Menard, the commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan, says Todd was on a routine patrol to learn more about the people of the village and their needs when the bombing happened.

“His enthusiasm and strong will were inspirational to his platoon,” Menard said in a prepared statement. “He was doing what he loved to do — being a soldier operating alongside friends.”

One other soldier was wounded in the attack. The Canadian military no longer releases information on battlefield injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with this soldier for quick recovery.
"Tyler really was an amazing individual," a family friend told QMI Agency Sunday night. "He had a smile that could light up a room and a personality that could make any day seem a little bit brighter. "I wish I had spent more time with him."

Todd - who has an older and younger sister - was raised on a dairy farm outside of Bright, a small town west of Kitchener. The friend said he went to high school in Woodstock, Ont. at Huron Park Secondary.

The friend recalled Todd's sense of humour and reliability. "He brought a lot of laughter to those around him and he was always the person you could depend on in a time of need," the friend said. "He was a rock for those around him." The family friend said he was proud of Todd and his service to Canada.

"I regret that his life has come to an end so soon," he said. "Words alone cannot describe what Tyler meant to his family and friends. "He was just a great person to be around."

Todd would have been only weeks away from completing a six month tour.

The explosion on Sunday happened in Dand district, Menard praised Todd as a person. “Tyler was a practical joker; he would often hide rocks and candies in the other soldier’s bed spaces,” he said. “He never allowed the small things to get to him and was often the rock that other soldiers could depend on.” Bless you Private. Thank you for your dilegence, bravery, courage and commitment to your country. You will never be forgotten. ~m.m.
He's Coming Home
Comrades say goodbye in Afghanistan

More than 1,500 Canadian and allied NATO soldiers gathered on the runway here at a ramp ceremony Monday morning to say goodbye to Pte. Tyler William Todd.
"He was my best friend, more like a brother to me," said Pte. Kristian Winter. "It was an honour to have known him. Todd was the type of guy who kept everybody happy at all times. He'd always cheer you up.
"It was a terrible loss for everybody in the Eleven Platoon and lots of people in his battle group."
Todd was on a foot patrol when he was hit by the explosion, which wounded another soldier, who watched Monday's ceremony from a wheelchair beside the plane that would fly Todd's body toward home.
"Tyler's dedication to the mission was only surpassed by his commitment to his family," said Maj. Wayne Niven, commander of Todd's Delta Company. "Extremely proud of his family, he constantly regaled his buddies about stories from home."
Todd had a blanket that his parents made, Winter said.
"No matter how much we bugged him about it, he brought it everywhere," Winter said, breaking down in tears.

Repatriation ~ Highway of Heroes

Repatriation Ceremonies will be held at CFB Trenton on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Following, Pte Todd's family will accompany him on the Highway of Heroes.

Join hundreds of other Canadians on the overpasses of the Highway of Heroes (Hwy 401W between Trenton and Victoria Park Avenue Toronto) Hold a flag, wear red, honour our fallen hero and let his family know we are here to support them, standing beside them and show our gratitude for his courage.

Obituary - Saying Goodbye

TODD, Tyler William It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Tyler William Todd while serving with the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Afghanistan. Tyler Todd of RR#1, Bright, Ontario was in his 27th year. Loving son of Bryan and Bev (Doan) Todd of RR#1 Bright. Dear brother of Samantha and her husband Brett Witzel of Woodstock and Jenna Todd and her friend Dave Smith of RR#1 Bright. Tyler is survived by his grandmother Jackie Grimes and by his aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by his grandparents Don Doan and John and Trudy Todd. Tyler graduated from Huron Park Secondary School, Conestoga College Fire Fighting Program and was a former member of the Bright Fire Department and had played hockey with the Bright Mulisha Hockey Club. Relatives and friends may call at the Glendinning Funeral Home , 40 William St., Plattsville on Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be conducted at the Plattsville Missionary Church on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Private Family interment in Innerkip Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Fund or the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be sent at


It was with great sadness that my husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I learned of the death of another member of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, Private Tyler William Todd of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta.

He was killed when an improvised explosive device planted by terrorists went off while he was on patrol in the Dand district, approximately eight kilometres south-west of Kandahar.

This new tragedy occurred just days after a national commemorative ceremony to mark "The End of an Era", during which thousands of Canadians honoured the brave contribution veterans made during the First World War. At this ceremony, I emphasized the importance of perpetuating the heritage left by the men and women who fought for greater justice, freedom and humanity, because—today, as in the past—our soldiers in Afghanistan are fighting the same battle, in the name of the same values, with the same selflessness and extraordinary determination.

In the face of countless dangers, Private Tyler William Todd's brothers and sisters in arms are fully committed to completing their difficult mission with unwavering resolve.

Our thoughts are with the family, loved ones and colleagues of the courageous and generous Private Tyler William Todd, and we would like to offer them our most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. His noble sacrifice will remain forever etched in our memory.

Michaëlle Jean
"On behalf of the Defence family and our brave men and women in uniform, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Private Tyler William Todd, who died today in Afghanistan. He was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in the Dand district, approximately eight kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. My best wishes for a speedy recovery also go out to his comrade who was injured in the same incident.

Pte. Todd was a professional, dedicated Canadian soldier who served valiantly alongside his comrades to help build a better and brighter future for Afghans. With the help of Canada and our international partners, Afghans are re-establishing themselves and their communities after decades of hardship and turmoil.

Our Canadian Forces members participating in this United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission face an enemy that will go to any length to try to undermine any progress made. The courage demonstrated by Pte. Todd speaks volumes to his dedication to our country and to this mission. Canada will remain steadfast, and Taliban attacks will not deter our efforts to help Afghanistan achieve peace and stability.

Let us never forget Pte. Todd, whose self-sacrifice served to make life better for others." Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence


On behalf of me and my entire family and the Municipality of Clarington, we thank you Tyler for keeping us all safe!!

Our hearts are with you and your family.

We will be waiting to thank you personally as you pass through Newcastle On.

Thanks Again Tyler,

God Bless,

Jeremy Woodcock
Clarington Mayoral Candidate

god bless Tyler and the Todd family.Tylers dedication,honour,and service to this country is greatly appreciated by all. Being from Bright myself I never expected this war to hit so close to home.Go out and get a Canadian flag and fly it proudly. Thank you once again Tyler, and rest in peace. ~Mcurrah
From his friends:

"We miss you so much Tyler... rest in peace bud xo" ~Anonymous
~Rest in Peace Brother.

~RIP Tyler Todd..what a terrible loss. Thinking of u Jenna and family.

~R.I.P. Tyler... you'll be forever missed... Super proud of you

~RIP Tyler We Will All Miss You...Today We Lost A Good Soldier and Friend...Strong Willed Wanted 2 Help Those In Need And An All Around Good Guy Whether You Knew Him Well Or Not.
~To a hero and friend thank you. thoughts and prayers with you and your family now and always rest in peace Ty.

~tyler, buddy, platoon mate, friend you will be missed.
~RIP Tyler. You are a true hero. Thank you for keeping us safe. You will be missed.

~R.I.P Tyler! i will miss you buddy!

~RIP Tyler miss you like crazy already, beers on me when I meet you on the other side. Never forget you buddy!
~This is a sad day... one of my son's buddies was killed early today near Kandahar City. I have fond memories of Tyler's visits here at the house. I'm proud to have known him. My heart goes out to his family... and, of course, all his friends too... RIP Tyler....

~♥ Tyler..Always and Forever..Thoughts and Prayers.

~Sending my deepest sympathies to Bev and Brian Todd on the loss of their son Tyler today in Afghanistan. Tyler, you were a proud Canadian, a good son, brother & friend. We appreciate your sacrifice and you will not be forgotten. We are so proud of you... You are a true hero. May you rest in peace.

~R.I.P. Tyler Todd. Your family misses you dearly.

~♥ I know you're in a happy place Ty, miss you already!! Rest In Peace ♥.

~No Tears in Heaven... No Sorrows Given... All Will Be Glory In this Day!!!! RIP Tyler!!
RIP Todd. we'll never forget you man.

~Hope its not what i heard

~No Tears in Heaven... No Sorrows Given... All Will Be Glory In this Day!!!! RIP Tyler!!
~May some peace come to Ty's family simply by seeing how much he was Ty's parents... you raised a very special man... strong, courageous... and 100% genuinely, 1 of a kind Tyler... it was definitely my priviledge to have spent many summers, weekends, and years with Tyler as part of my life... it's a space tha...t is full... and will remain so with memories, laughter and great times that I was blessed to share with him. My heart goes out to everyone right now that is broken hearted with the loss of one Canada's greatest men... xoxo never far from our hearts Ty...
~Goodbye my friend, until we meet again.
~RIP Todd. We'll never forget you man.
~R.I.P. Tyler... you'll be forever missed... Super proud of you Cuz.
~RIP Todd...too close to home this time. you will be missed buddy....
to a hero and friend thank you. thoughts and prayers with you and your family now and always rest in peace Ty
~Rest peacefully Bro...
~Requests prayers for the family and friends of Tyler Todd, a great man and a greater friend!
Words cannot even begin to explain....Tyler you will be missed more then you ever know! RIP XOXO.
~♥ Tyler..Always and Forever..Thoughts and Prayers.
~Will be back in Ontario thursday to be with his family during this difficult time. I love you all so much, can't wait to see you.
~..still shaking my head, saying "what?"..
~We all will miss you Tyler you are a friend to those that know you and a true hero to the ones that needed you R.I.P old friend.