Jocelyn Girouard

DEAR DADDY,

ALT
All gave some, some gave all. In the Line of Duty, Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer Robert Girouard, MSC (Posthumous), CD of Bouctouche, Bathurst, New Brunswick. Age: 46. Unit: 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Nov. 27, 2006
I did not believe them, when they told me you were gone. It did not feel real. It felt so, so wrong. God took you away from us, without seeming to care. Your family needs you Daddy – it does not seem fair.

We are not revengeful, we are not even cross. We just feel so sad because your presence has been lost. Yes, you will be with us, Yes, your memories remain. It just doesn’t seem worth it, not seeing you march off that plane.

We’ll miss you forever, but you will miss so much. How can we live without you? Without your support, your love, your touch? We need you Daddy. We are not ready to go on. Even though you taught us well, we are not that brave, not that strong.

You were a soldier, lover, Father and friend. We are so proud of everything you do. We will try to live just like you, to your memory we will be true. It’s just so hard to believe that you are gone you can’t be gone for good. You had been our rock for so long, that our family has been unglued.

Don’t feel bad for us. Think of us with pride. We’ll be ok without you; we may just have a really hard time. Think of us, wherever you may be. We will think of you with love. We’ll remember that you are free, and you died for all of us.

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Girouard, MSC (Posthumous), CD
The family of Warrant Officer Robert Girouard look on during a military funeral ceremony for Girouard at the Beechwood Military Cemetery in Ottawa, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006. From left to right are Girouard’s father Vance, mother Mable, son Robert, wife Jacqueline, daughter Jocelyn and son Michel. Girouard was killed while serving in Afghanistan last week.

This is poem was written by RSM Robert Girouard’s 20 year-old daughter, Jocelyn and read during his Memorial Service at CFB Petawawa December 6th, 2006.