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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #125 on: September 12, 2006, 15:14:47 »
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060912/mellish_funeral_060912/20060912?hub=Canada

Funeral held in P.E.I. for Warrant Officer Mellish
Updated Tue. Sep. 12 2006 1:33 PM ET

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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. -- Warrant Officer Frank Mellish, one of five Canadian soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan, was remembered Tuesday as a devoted family man whose love of auto racing rivalled his commitment to the military.

Under a deep blue sky, more than 100 members of the military and dozens of relatives and local residents gathered at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Summerside to pay their last respects to the young father of two.

Premier Pat Binns and P.E.I.'s lieutenant-governor, Barbara Hagerman, were among those in the crowd.

Before the funeral, Binns said he knew the family personally, and he described Mellish as a "tremendous'' young person.

Maj. Peter Scott, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, said Mellish was a dedicated and loyal soldier who displayed the "epitome of professionalism.''

Mellish was one of four soldiers killed Sept. 3 during a fierce battle with insurgents near Kandahar.

Thirty-two Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002. 13:30ET 12-09-06





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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #126 on: October 11, 2006, 14:39:30 »
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To Charles Company, 1RCR, my thoughts and prays are with you all as the battle continues.
Stay strong and soldier on!!
Frank was proud to be your WO, he was proud to be a ROYAL!!!
He wrote:

"In my time I have been around the world and lived it's news headlines.  I have been boo-ed and applauded.  I have seen death and despair. Seen birth and growth.  Lived through horrors and held onto hope. I have lived times that others would say were best forgotten, after it all, I will be able to say that, I am proud of who I am... A soldier  Pro Patria/Airborne!
F.R. Mellish
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Our lives have change forever,
Kendra Mellish :salute: :salute: :salute:

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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #127 on: October 11, 2006, 19:30:53 »
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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #128 on: October 11, 2006, 19:45:31 »
Mike,

Is Kendra a member of Army.ca?

I grew up in Summerside, and actually went to school with her.  I would love to be able to pass on my condolences personally to her.

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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #129 on: October 11, 2006, 20:04:45 »
Mud,

She is a member here, and I have directed her to this thread so you may hear from her shortly.


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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #130 on: October 11, 2006, 20:49:00 »
Tks Mike.

Kendra, PM me if you feel like it.  I was talking about you to Kerry the other week (Mike M's Kerry).


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Re: 3 Canadian Soldier's Killed in Afghanistan Offensive
« Reply #131 on: November 10, 2006, 00:25:11 »
RIP Fellow Troops.
  Please remember my beautiful son, WO Frank Robert Mellish killed on Sept 3,2006 in Afghanistan.  He was a very loved and honored son.  I can not speak for his military side however, he was a son that any mother would be proud of.  When the word came of his loss on that 3 Sept my whole being changed.  I am so broken and like Humpty Dumpty I will not be able to be put together again.  Please remember him with the love and kindness that every member of his immediate and extended family do.  Until we can smile again, we will pray for the other men/women still fighting the cause and May God be with each and every one of you.

Sincerely

Sandy Mellish
Mother of Fallen Soldier WO Frank Robert Mellish

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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #132 on: November 10, 2006, 00:30:21 »
Sandy, i had the pleasure of meeting and working with your son some years ago, he will not be forgotten here.  You have every reason to be proud of the man he was.

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Re: 3 Canadian Soldier's Killed in Afghanistan Offensive
« Reply #133 on: November 13, 2006, 23:56:44 »
  Please remember my beautiful son, WO Frank Robert Mellish killed on Sept 3,2006 in Afghanistan.  He was a very loved and honored son.  I can not speak for his military side however, he was a son that any mother would be proud of.  When the word came of his loss on that 3 Sept my whole being changed.  I am so broken and like Humpty Dumpty I will not be able to be put together again.  Please remember him with the love and kindness that every member of his immediate and extended family do.  Until we can smile again, we will pray for the other men/women still fighting the cause and May God be with each and every one of you.

Sincerely

Sandy Mellish
Mother of Fallen Soldier WO Frank Robert Mellish

Sandy...my husband served with Frank for as long as I can remember (not airborne, though!).. I am confident that anything that Charles Coy is doing today, Frank, Rick, Will, Shane, Darcy, Blair and the others who have lost their lives are in their thoughts. These brave men will never be forgotten.
  I hope the smile returns to your face some day, with memories of Frank.

God Bless you!!
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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #134 on: November 14, 2006, 00:20:14 »
Mrs Mellish.

Please contact me if there is anything I can tell you about that day I would not hesitate, I was feet away from him. Frank and Rick will always be what I aspired to be and they would have done the same for my family.

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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #135 on: November 14, 2006, 13:34:44 »
Mrs Mellish.

Please contact me if there is anything I can tell you about that day I would not hesitate, I was feet away from him. Frank and Rick will always be what I aspired to be and they would have done the same for my family.


Thank you for your words.  I would llike to know what exactly took place on 3 September2006.  I also knew Rick and his three boys were great friends of Matthew and Koven. ( Frank's Boys)  We are in such pain here and my heart is so broken that i do not think I will ever get over the loss of my beautiful boy.  He was also a wonderful  son if anyone is interested in knowing that.  He was the light of my life.  He madeus laugh and we loved his dry humour and wit.  We pray he is at peace with God.  If you would like to share any thing of Frank We would love to hear it.  Sincerely  Barry and Sandy Mellish   And as you soldier on, please be careful.  Every soldier serving is and will remain forever in our prayers.     

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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #136 on: December 14, 2006, 17:36:56 »
I figured this is as good a place as any to post this;

CBC Nova Scotia aired an interview with WO. Mellish's family tonight... Very touching.

http://www.cbc.ca/ns/features/fallen-soliders/soliders-mellish.html

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Re: 4 Canadians killed in Operation Medusa - 3 Sep 06
« Reply #137 on: February 25, 2007, 12:46:27 »
From being on the front lines of this operation and losing a good friend and leader I hope they RIP. Also my condolences to the famalies.

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Fallen warrior's family on hand for ceremony - WO Frank Mellish Street
« Reply #138 on: February 11, 2012, 21:08:53 »
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SUMMERSIDE - It was more than just a street naming ceremony, it was a personal glimpse into the pride and the pain of a family who lost someone in war.

Federal, provincial and municipal politicians, veterans organizations and veterans themselves along with friends of the late Warrant Officer Frank Mellish gathered at the Summerside legion Friday to honour his memory by naming the city's newest street in his name.

Frank Mellish Street will be located off Roy Boates Avenue near Prince County Hospital.

He was 38 years old and an 18-year veteran of the Canadian Forces when he was killed Sept. 3, 2006, while deployed in Afghanistan.

While tributes poured in for the fallen soldier, no words were more meaningful than those spoken by his widow, Kendra.

"We both lived our young years in Summerside and attended school here," she said. "I graduated from Three Oaks and Frank later moved to Kensington and graduated from Kensington High . . .We made memories to last a lifetime and shared many dreams of our future. Little did we realize at that time how very short a lifetime can be for some."

Frank Mellish was first exposed to and bitten by the military bug when he joined the Air Cadets at the former CFB Summerside, Kendra said

"Frank loved the uniform. Not only did he love the uniform, he took great pride in wearing it. Frank was loyal, dedicated, loving and a regimental individual with the most incredible sense of humour. As I look back it was evident then at a young age that our Frank was destined to be one of Canada's finest."

She said her husband decided to make a difference in this world.

"He certainly accomplished that task," she said. "He is forever one of Canada's fallen heroes and he shares that honour now with 159 great Canadian heroes.

"Little did we know what would take place on that day just over five years ago," she recalled. "We always knew the threat was there and it was real. But we never dreamed we would lose Frank in that land so far away from home where he went without question to do our country's bidding. He defended her rights and freedoms so that our loved ones would have freedom today.

"Little did we know that today the tenth day of February 2012, we would be standing here together in this place he loved to call home as a street is dedicated in his honour on the very same day that Frank would have been celebrating his 44th birthday."

Kendra said she and her family have embarked on a long and painful journey.

"I'd like to say to you here today time is a healer of all wounds, but that would be a very misleading statement. Time has no way of healing wounds of this caliber. The wounds remain. In time the mind protecting its sanity covers them in scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. The memories and the tears through the years still twist at our heartstrings and we move forward in life that has forever changed."

She said the dedication is special knowing years from now from children, grandchildren, veterans, Islanders and visitors alike will pause a moment and reflect on the sacrifice he made as they pass by his street.

"The year I graduated from Three Oaks Senior High in 1988, Frank penned these exquisite words in my yearbook - 'If everything grows better in red soil then our relationship is bound to be even stronger and I will owe my Island a very big debt and a small little air cadet squadron a big favour.' I think that debt is paid in full today," she said.

“I humbly ask you never forget our serving soldiers, the veterans of this great nation and remember too the families for they too have sacrificed much to ensure we retain all the rights and freedoms enjoyed yesterday, today and tomorrow.”


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Re: Fallen warrior's family on hand for ceremony - WO Frank Mellish Street
« Reply #139 on: February 11, 2012, 23:07:25 »
The NHL Channel here in  the US had the full day's coverage of Hockey Day in Canada, including the ceremonies honouring WO Mellish.

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Remembering WO Mellish ...
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It was heartfelt moment for Kendra Mellish as she helped install the metal plaque honouring her husband, Warrant Officer Frank Mellish’s, sacrifice.

On Tuesday community members, Kensington Intermediate Senior High school students and staff, and fellow veterans listened as Kendra read her husband’s autobiography, which he wrote just months before his death on Sept. 3 2006.

Frank was first exposed to the military at CFB Summerside, where his mother worked. There he was introduced to air cadets and in that squadron met his “air cadet sweetheart”. When he was 20, in December 1988 he enlisted, travelling to CFB Cornwallis and then onto CFB Petawawa for basic infantry training. The next year he was posted to the 1st battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment in CFB London. During his service, Frank was deployed to Somalia, Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Kendra says it is important to recognize the pivotal Canadian contributions and sacrifices that have been made.

“All of us today have been given the opportunity of freedom and the chance to become citizens of the world. We have also been given the responsibility that goes with it – to ensure that we as individuals continue to exemplify truth, integrity, tolerance, knowledge and understanding – so that as a community, a country, and a world, we can move forward remembering, but not repeating, the past.”

J.D. Murray, one of the organizers of the plaque dedication said it was through the Canadian Pacific Railway that the installation became possible.

“Canadian Pacific Railway has been placing bronze plaques in Canadian schools memorializing Canadian members who lost their lives in the Afghan conflict ...

Kendra Mellish looks at the plaque honouring her late husband, Warrant Officer Frank Mellish who was killed in the Afghanistan conflict on Sept. 3, 2006.  ©Millicent McKay/Journal Pioneer

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