It took Brian Good a while to find his dream job.
He was 40 years old when he joined the Canadian Forces as a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons.
It was a career move, said Capt. Rev. Felix Tachie, that Good had been thinking about for years. Finally, in October 2005, the Ottawa native was accepted as a recruit.
Yesterday, as Trooper Brian Richard Good was laid to rest in the Canadian Military Cemetery, Tachie, an RCD Padre, recalled a conversation the two had while on a training exercise in Texas where Good spoke about how much he enjoyed what he was doing.
“With a joy in his face, he told me how he looked forward to serving his country in Afghanistan,” Tachie told family, friends and dignitaries at Good’s funeral.
Good died Jan. 7, when an explosive device blew up near his armoured vehicle while he was serving in Afghanistan.
Many family members, friends and dignitaries joined his wife Sandra and daughters Jessica, 14, and Kayla, 13, for the ceremony in the Sacred Space at the Beechwood Cemetery.
While struggling to hold back tears, Stephen Good remembered his younger brother as a generous daredevil who was always ready to pitch in to help anybody.
“Brian was his own person. He didn’t try to be like anybody else. He didn’t dwell on the past and an uncertain future and certainly passed his last day very much in the present,” he said in the eulogy.
“We will remember Brian. Rest easy, brother, you will always be our trooper.”
Stephen Good said the family was touched see all the people who reached out to them and who lined the route streets and the Highway of Heroes that Brian’s body travelled as it returned home.
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