|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1979, Canada|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 2009, Afghanistan|
Corporal, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, Alberta. Aged 30, he was from Buckhorn, Ontario. He was deployed with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces serving in Afghanistan and due to return home at the end of July.
He was killed and five other soldiers injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near their armoured vehicle during a patrol in the Zhari District approximately 60 km southwest of Kandahar City. Cpl Bulger was a senior commander with the tactical team protecting the top Canadian commander, Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, who escaped injury.
In an interview with the CBC on Canada Day, Cpl Bulger said he believed Afghanistan had a future. "Especially when we're driving down the streets in the rural areas, to look down into the eyes of the children that are there, you get a different perspective. All you see is the war and the destruction and stuff like that, but then when you see those kids running through the streets without a care in the world … being here makes a huge difference."
Cpl Bulger joined the military in 2000, left in 2003 to work in the Alberta oilfields and re-enlisted in 2008. Born in Toronto, he spent most of his life in Buckhorn, north of Peterborough. He was described as a gentle family man, quiet and fun-loving. Nick enjoyed singing, sports, camping and fishing. He played rugby and baseball and was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Red Wings. He is survived by his wife Rebeka (Angel) and their two young daughters Brooke-lynn (Bear) and Elizabeth (Monkey), his mother Kathleen, sister Jessica, brothers Christopher and Sheldon, and other family members.
Recipient of Sacrifice Medal (posthumous)
Military funeral held on Monday, July 13, 2009 at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton.
There have been 121 Canadian military fatalities since the start of the Afghanistan conflict in 2002. One diplomat and two aid workers have also died.
*Sincere thanks to SusanR for her generous sponsorship of this memorial.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Milou
Record added: Jul 04, 2009
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