Corporal Christopher Stannix
Master Corporal Christopher Paul Raymond Stannix, of Cole Harbour, NS was killed along with five other Canadian soldiers by a roadside bomb on April 8, 2007 while serving in Afghanistan protecting our rights and freedoms. Born in North Bay, Ontario, he was the son of Kenneth H.F. and Kathy A. (Little) Stannix, originally from McAdam, New Brunswick. He was 24 at the time of his death.
Chris graduated from Auburn High School in 2001, and was attending Saint Mary`s University before he deployed. In 2000, he enlisted with the Princess Louise Fusiliers, a reserve infantry regiment in Halifax.
He was promoted to the rank of master corporal in 2006 but put his University education on hold and accepted a temporary demotion to corporal in order to go to Afghanistan. Chris was deployed in January 2007 and served with the 2nd Battallion, Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group while on tour. He believed in serving, believed in the greater purpose of the mission and wanted to be a part of it.
Stannix was always the one to lighten a heavy mood. His pastimes included paint balling, computer gaming and reading. More than anything, Chris enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and his fiancée Candice, the true love of his life. His sense of humour, courage and willingness to help others will be missed by all those who knew him.
In summing up his belief in the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan, Chris stated, "I would like to think if I was in the same position there... somebody would be willing to step in and help me in the exact same way". Chris will be remembered as a best friend to all, for his bravery, dedication and love for Canada.