Jefferson Clifford Francis -2007

FRANCIS, Captain Jefferson Clifford On 04 July 2007, Captain Jefferson Clifford Francis, 36, died while serving with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan when his armored vehicle was destroyed by a large land mine. He will be greatly missed by his wife Sylvie Secours, son Ry Logan Secours-Francis (8 months); mother Marion Murray, father Russ Francis, sister Mica Francis and brother-in-law Aaron MacDonald; aunts Marilyn Murray and husband Mike Williams of Cambridge Narrows NB; Melanie Murray and sons Damian and Gabriel of Kelowna, BC; great-aunts Pearl Charman and Florence Waugh of Wallace and Malagash NS; grandfather Herbert Francis, aunt Peggy Francis, uncles Butch, Rocky and David Francis of Chilliwack, BC and many cousins; mother and father-in-law Diane and Gaetan Secours and brother-in-law Marc and nephew Dakota of Ottawa. Jeff obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, a Masters of Arts in Canadian Studies, and was pursuing a PhD at Carleton University when he was drawn to the Army in 2001. He was a serious student of world and military history, pop culture, philosophy and art history. Jeff loved participating in sports and physical challenges, especially the Army Mountain Man Competition and martial arts, Jujitsu and Grappling. Jeff loved his wife, son and family preferring to spend vacations with them in the Maritimes. Jeff had many military and civilian friends across Canada who will also miss him. His deep humanitarian beliefs inspired his commitment to provide the security needed to improve the lives of the people of Afghanistan. A trust fund in the name of Ry Logan Secours-Francis is being established with Scotiabank and contributions can be made at any Scotiabank Branch. Jeff was an Airborne Artillery Officer with 1RCHA based at CFB Shilo. A private funeral with family and close friends is planned..
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on July 13, 2007


Friday, July 06 2007 @@ 07:15 PM EDT
Contributed by: River97

CBC Nova Scotia -- Capt. Jefferson Francis was born on Remembrance Day, and two days after his death in Afghanistan, he is being remembered as an outstanding soldier.
Francis, 36, who was born in the Maritimes, was one of the six Canadian soldiers killed Wednesday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb near Kandahar. An Afghan interpreter also died in the blast.
Francis was a member of the 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based at CFB Shilo in Manitoba. He was supposed to return to the base next month from his first overseas tour of duty.
Lt.-Col. Peter Williams, commanding officer of the regiment, called Francis a great soldier who will be greatly missed.
"He was indeed a quiet professional," Williams said Friday at a news conference at CFB Shilo.
"He also had a very dry sense of humour which certainly went a long way to making his team very effective.
"I know his boss would say that they would be sitting around discussing various things and Jeff would sort of throw in a zinger there to lighten the mood and certainly would catch everyone off guard and, I think, made difficult times over there very much easier."
Maritime connection
Francis was born in New Brunswick and spent some time in the Halifax area, where his parents still live. He earned a master's degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and enlisted in the military in Halifax in September 2001, said Lieut. Ron Kronstein, a military spokesman.
Francis's widow, Sylvie, was in Ottawa visiting her parents when she got the news about his death. They have an eight-month-old son.
Williams said he had spoken to Sylvie and Francis's parents to convey his condolences and to tell them the military would be there to support them.
"In the next few days, Jeff and his comrades will be returning home to Canada where we tend to receive them with all the honour and dignity that they deserve," he said.
"Jeff, we will really miss you, stand easy."
Francis, the five other soldiers and their Afghan interpreter died when their armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb on a well-used road in southern Afghanistan. The explosion occurred in the Panjwaii district, about 20 kilometres southwest of the city of Kandahar.
Sixty-six Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have now been killed in Afghanistan since Canada's mission began in 2002.

Grandson of Angus Clifford Murray and Marion Alma McGrath


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