|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1984, Canada|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 2008, Afghanistan|
Private, 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based in Petawawa, Ontario. Aged 24, he was from Scarborough, ON. He was deployed with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan and served as a member of Task Force Kandahar's Operational Mentor and Liaison Team.
He was killed with WO Robert John Wilson and Cpl Mark Robert McLaren, after their armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb, during a joint patrol in the Arghandab District with Afghan National Army soldiers. The incident occurred approximately 15 kilometres west of Kandahar City.
Pte Diplaros, on his first overseas mission, was described as an exceptional gunner and driver. Demetri and his girlfriend, Brittany, had talked about marriage and he told his father of his wish for a big Greek wedding. He is also survived by his mother Kathleen (Kevin) Smith, his father Anargyros ''Jerry'' Diplaros, sisters Martha Ruccia, Joanne Diplaros, Julia, Patricia and Natasha Smith, brother-in-law Matthew Ruccia, grandmother Martha and large extended family.
Funeral held on Friday, December 12, 2008 at Metamorphosis Tou Sotiros Greek Orthodox Church in Toronto. Interment with full Military Honours in the family plot at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Scarborough.
The deaths bring to 100 the number of Canadian troops killed since the country's forces arrived in Afghanistan in 2002. One diplomat and two aid workers have also died.
*Sincere thanks to SusanR for her generous sponsorship of this memorial page.
*Thanks to Tom Hedefine for the grave photo
Resthaven Memorial Gardens
Plot: Masonic Gardens Lot 148
Created by: Milou
Record added: Dec 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31993430