Greg Eby, identified by his father as a friend of the fallen soldier, left a message on the Department of National Defence's message board in September paying tribute to the troops. Klukie's immediate family in Thunder Bay declined to comment on the soldier's death Saturday, but Capt. Jim Davis, a military spokesman, said the Klukie family would organize a press conference next week.

The young soldier's family and friends honoured him for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. Words of remembrance came from the his family, as well as a Hillcrest High School coach, who dedicated the upcoming basketball season to the former player. David Klukie, the fallen soldier's brother, spoke of the his younger brother's passion for life, his love and commitment to his family, and how proud he was to be a part of the Canadian Service.


Capt. James Davis of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment escorts Carol Klukie during the funeral service for her son Pte. Josh Klukie in Thunder Bay on Tuesday.

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