Wife of soldier killed in training calls him 'the best of us'

Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt salutes before taking command of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse...

Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt salutes before taking command of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, last June at Garrison Petawawa. Lt.-Col. Bobbitt was killed in a vehicle accident Wednesday in Wainwright, Alta. (SEAN CHASE/QMI Agency)

Sean Chase, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:10 PM ET

CFB PETAWAWA, Ont. -- The wife of a Canadian soldier killed in a training accident earlier this week said her husband died doing the job he loved.

Lt.-Col. Dan Bobbitt's wife, Monica, made a brief statement at CFB Petawawa in Ontario Friday morning.

The 43-year-old Bobbitt, a 26-year veteran of the Canadian Forces, was killed Wednesday when the LAV III light armoured vehicle he was riding in rolled over during a major exercise in Wainwright, Alta.

Four other members of 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery were injured in the crash. Two were airlifted to an Edmonton hospital and the other two were treated at the base hospital.

“Dan was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend,” Monica said. “A proud Nova Scotian, Canadian and soldier, Dan died doing the job he loved.”

Flanked by family members including the couples' three children, Connor, Elizabeth and Katherine, Monica said that anyone who knew her husband loved him, and his loss is being felt by friends and colleagues around the world.

“He was the best of us,” she said.

As members of the regiment looked on, Monica addressed her husband's soldiers directly, saying he was honoured to have been the 2nd regiment's 33rd commanding officer.

“His soldiers made him proud every single day," she said.

The training exercise was suspended for 24 hours, and resumed Thursday following a brigade-level memorial service in the field.

Officers from the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service continue to investigate the accident that claimed Lt.-Col. Bobbitt's life.


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