|Statement from the family of
September 20, 2006
Morley's family said he would be "missed by all of his family and
friends, who are very proud of him."
"Keith was also proud of what he was doing in Afghanistan," read the
statement released by his relatives
"He was a good soldier and a tough guy with a good heart."
That good heart stopped beating when a suicide bomber on a bike pedalled
his way through a marketplace until he was close enough to kill Morley
and two other Canadian soldiers.
On Sept. 23, Morley came home in a casket on what would have been his
31st birthday to his family, who had tied a yellow ribbon around a small
tree on the lawn of their St. Vital home.
"In many ways, he grew up an average Canadian boy, but he was far from
ordinary," his mother Della Morley told reporters outside the family
home before a private memorial service.
"He served his country with pride and certainty,"
She talked about her son's love for his dog, Lokie, and his joy in
choosing the perfect gift for family members.
"Children were drawn to him. He could so easily have been one of them.
He loved his dog... and laughed at his puppy antics. Keith always found
the perfect gift for each and every one of us."
Morley's sister Shannon said he was confident about his mission in
Afghanistan. "He felt good about what he was doing," she said.
Cpl. Mark Jackson remembered Morley as a man who had finally found his
calling when he entered the army.
"He looked as though he had found a purpose," Jackson recalled. "Keith's
been taken from all of us, but I have no doubt I will see him again.
Keith, my old friend, you wore the Canadian flag with honour. You will
never be forgotten.""
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