Family of Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke issues statement on his passing

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The family of Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke says their son passed away doing what he felt he was born to do: serve others.

The 34-year-old was one of six victims in the crash of HMCS Fredericton’s CH-148 Cyclone in the Ionian Sea last week.

A statement, issued by the Canadian Armed Forces, says, "Whether he was protecting his hometown in Rawdon as a volunteer firefighter, or while in service in the Royal Canadian Navy, Matthew was happiest when he knew he was contributing to something greater than himself."

They say, "His easy-going nature and happiness were his most infectious gifts. He had a laugh which could light up any room, and a sharp sense of humour."

The family also expressed their condolences to the families of the other five victims of the tragic crash.