Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent remembered on anniversary of death
Slain soldier Patrice Vincent was honoured Tuesday with a memorial service in St. Jean sur Richelieu.
It was one year ago that radicalized Muslim convert Martin Couture-Rouleau hit two soldiers with a car, injuring one and killing 53-year-old Vincent.
Family members were joined by members of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Air Force for the ceremonial unveiling of a banner that now flies in the town.
In a private ceremony at the Legion Hall, Vincent was posthumously given the Hal Rogers Fellow Award to commemorate his sacrifice.
Vincent was remembered as a smiling, happy person. Stephane Proulx, who served with Vincent, said he was always ready to lend a hand and assist others.
"Always ready to help and didn't ask nothing in return. Good person, quiet person, very intelligent, many many many skills, and like I said ready to help anyone at any time."
Vincent was working as a member of the military's personnel support staff when he was killed, in St. Jean sur Richelieu to assist a fellow member of the military who wanted to visit a Veterans Affairs service centre.
Previously he had worked as a military firefighter, and has also spent part of his career troubleshooting computer and telephone problems.
Vincent joined the Forces in the spring of 1986 as a combat engineer. After completing his initial trade training, he was posted later that year to CFB Valcartier, near Quebec City.
In 1990, he redeployed as a military firefighter and served at a number of Canadian Forces bases, including Comox, B.C; Trenton, Ont; Edmonton; and North Bay, Ont.
Vincent also served around the world on several warships.
He will also be remember at a separate ceremony in Ottawa on Oct. 22, which will mark one year since the Parliament Hill attack that saw Cpl. Nathan Cirillo shot and killed while standing as a ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial.