Private David Greenslade
Private David Robert Greenslade, of CFB Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick, died tragically while on tour of duty Easter Sunday, April 8th, 2007 at the Maywand District in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Born May 6, 1986 in Saint John, New Brunswick, he was the son of Donald and Lauren (Lester) Greenslade.
David enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and dog Colby. He enjoyed golfing, which he learned from his grandfather, and amazed friends with his abilities. Said friend Pat Leblanc, "I've never seen a guy that skinny hit a ball that far". David's other hobbies included water skiing, swimming, and kayaking. He was a movie buff who often entertained family and friends with his renditions of Forrest Gump and Mel Gibson's speech to his troops in "We Were Soldiers", among others.
David kept everyone entertained with his amazing sense of humour. He was known among his comrades to be a morale booster during times of stress while in the field. He left a special impression on every individual he met, whether they talked for minutes or hours.
Before graduating from Saint John High School in 2004, David had decided on a career in the armed forces. He enjoyed the training and served proudly for a cause in which he believed for three years leading up to his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.
David will be fondly remembered by his own "Band of Brothers" in the 2nd Royal Canadian Regiment and 1st Royal New Brunswick Regiment. David was one of those who gave the last full measure of devotion. At the age of 20, his was a life worthwhile.
Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal,
love leaves a memory
no one can steal