|Statement of the
family of Warrant Officer Frank Robert Mellish
Family of Warrant Officer Mellish Issues Statement
MA 06-020 - September 4, 2006
CFB GAGETOWN - Warrant Officer Frank Robert Mellish, age 38, an 18-year
veteran of the Canadian Forces was killed Sunday while deployed to
Frank was the son of Barry and Sandra Mellish, loving husband of Kendra
Mellish, and devoted father of Matthew and Koven. He is greatly missed
and our family will never be the same.
Frank had always dreamed of being a soldier and joined the army right
after graduating from high school. Throughout his career, Frank was a
driven soldier and never one to pass up a challenge or take the easy way
out. Frank set an example for everyone he served with and was highly
respected by his leaders and subordinates. He served with distinction
and great pride in both the Royal Canadian Regiment and the Canadian
Frank loved NASCAR, working with his hands, and anything else that let
him spend time with his boys. He spent much of his leave prior to
deploying putting the finishing touches on the new family home and
teaching his sons how to ride their new dirt bikes.
This was Frank's seventh deployment overseas, and his second to
Afghanistan. He was aware of the risks and accepted them as part of
getting the job done. Frank would not have wanted to be anywhere other
than in Afghanistan serving beside the friends and fellow soldiers that
he trained with. We are proud of Frank's service and accomplishments on
this and previous missions.
We will sorely miss Frank and ask that Canadians continue to support the
soldiers in Afghanistan and their families.
Please respect the family's request for privacy during their time of
Note to editors: For all media queries, please contact Lt(N) Brian
Owens, CFB Gagetown Public Affairs Officer, at (506) 422-2000 ext 2466
(w), (506) 260-6124 (c) or Owens.BP@forces.gc.ca
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at this time.