Corporal Ainsworth Dyer was born in Montréal, Que., on July 29, 1977 and resided in Toronto, Ont. He enrolled with the 48th Highlanders of Canada as an Infantryman in February 1996 and transferred to the Regular Force in October 1997 died April 17, 2002 in Afghanistan.

After completing Battle School, Cpl Dyer was posted to 3 PPCLI in the spring of 1998, where he served as a Rifleman and deployed with 3 PPCLI on Operation PALLADIUM in 2000.

Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, who would have celebrated his 25th birthday in July, was remembered yesterday as a devoted brother and son whose death has left a gaping hole in the lives of his loved ones.

Dyer's sister Suzette Wright, 31, said it was difficult not to feel angry about the circumstance of her brother's death. "He should never have died the way he died. If he had died fighting (the enemy) we could have grieved a different way," Wright said.