MAJ Michelle <I>Knight</I> Mendes

MAJ Michelle Knight Mendes

Death 23 Apr 2009 (aged 30)
Burial Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
Plot Plot: Plan 7, Row V, Grave 3
Memorial ID 36265774 · View Source
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Major, Canadian Armed Forces Intelligence Branch, assigned to Task Force Afghanistan headquarters, deployed with the Canadian contingent of NATO forces. Aged 30. She died at the Kandahar Airfield base.

Maj Mendes grew up on her family's apple farm near Wicklow, Ontario. She graduated in 2001 with a history degree from the Royal Military College in Kingston and later attained a master's degree in international affairs from Carleton University. On a previous tour of duty in Afghanistan, a captain at the time, she was attached to a military intelligence unit. She was one of 11 soldiers who returned to Canada after a friendly fire incident in September 2006. The nature of their injuries was not disclosed.

A lay chaplain at the base described Mendes, "Mic" to her friends, as a person who tried to make life more enjoyable for those around her by baking cookies, making cards or just being there when they needed a friendly ear. She always strove to do her best and was respected for her professional knowledge and work ethic. "The world will be an emptier place without her presence."

The family's tribute stated "Michelle touched so many lives it would be impossible to name everyone. She lived everyday to its fullest potential and saw the best in everyone. She surrounded herself with wonderful family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all."

Her honours and awards include the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).

Maj Mendes is survived by her husband Victor Mendes, parents Dianne and Ron Knight, sister Melissa (Rodney Bampton and their children), grandmother Jean Knight, and extended Knight and Mendes families. She is predeceased by her grandparents Evelyn & Earl Whaley, Jim Knight and Aunt Wendy Williams.

As is tradition for all Canadian soldiers who die in the Afghanistan mission, a ramp ceremony for Maj Mendes was held at Kandahar Airfield and a memorial plaque in her honour will be placed at a shaded cenotaph. She is the 118th military fatality since Canada first sent troops in 2002. A diplomat and two aid workers have also died.

Military funeral held on Friday, May 1, 2009 at Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston. Memorial Service held in St. Andrew's United Church, Grafton, Ontario on May 2, 2009.

* Sincere thanks to grainne for her kindness in sponsoring this memorial.

*Thanks to Ronald Henderson for the grave photos and info

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