The household of Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, one of many six Royal Canadian Navy members who died in final week’s helicopter crash off the coast of Greece, is remembering him as a patriotic Canadian who was all the time keen to assist others.
“Matthew was happiest when he knew he was contributing to one thing larger than himself,” a Royal Canadian Navy spokesperson learn Tuesday morning, on behalf of Pyke’s household.
Pyke was on the Cyclone primarily based on Halifax’s HMCS Fredericton when the helicopter crashed within the Ionian Sea.
The ship and plane have been deployed to the Mediterranean in January on a NATO-related patrolling mission.
Preliminary reviews of the crash said the helicopter was lacking. It was revealed Monday that a number of HMCS Fredericton crew members witnessed the plane taking place.
Investigations are nonetheless underway, as recorders from the chopper have been recovered and shipped again to Canada.
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In the meantime, households again dwelling mourn the lack of those that died. Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald, Capt. Kevin Hagen, Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin and Grasp Cpl. Matthew Cousins died with Pyke.
Rising up in Truro, Pyke was a neighborhood chief and a patriotic Canadian, mentioned the household’s assertion.
The 34-year-old left behind his mother and father, brother and fiancée Helen Hines.
“He was regularly looking out for his family and friends,” the assertion learn.
“He handed away doing what he felt he was born to do – serve others.
“A real Maritimer, Matthew led along with his coronary heart on his sleeve, and was all the time prepared to assist. And as East Coasters are identified for, he cherished a very good time.”
The navy is making ready a ramp ceremony Wednesday, at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario, to honour the Cyclone crew.
Pyke’s household is of their grieving course of and asks for his or her privateness to be revered.
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