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Base to hold memorial service for fallen sailor

A memorial for Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake will be held at CFB Shearwater tomorrow.

A memorial for Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake will be held at CFB Shearwater tomorrow.

The Shearwater-based navy diver was killed by a roadside bomb near Pay-e-Moluk, a village about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City on May 3.

His remains were flown into Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Tuesday and his body was then led by police escort and about 25 veterans on bicycles to Stadacona Chapel at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the F Hangar at Shearwater.

“The focus is going to be on the family, friends and Canadian Forces members but allowing space for that, public will be allowed in as well,” said Lft. Edward Stansfield in an interview yesterday.

“There’s going to be a private scattering at sea ceremony with just the family after the memorial service.”

Blake, 37, was a husband and father of two. He loved hockey and was named peewee coach of the year.

“He was an awesome guy,” former navy diver Darren MacIsaac told Metro last week. “He loved his family and loved his work.”

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Blake, a Simcoe, Ont., native, was the first Canadian sailor to die in Afghanistan since the mission began in 2002.

 
 
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