Private Kevin McKay
Private Kevin Thomas McKay was born on 28 February 1986, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He joined the Canadian Forces on 9 August 2007. He was posted to 1 PPCLI on 9 May 2008 upon completion of his Basic Infantry Qualification.
This was his first overseas deployment. Pte McKay, commonly referred to as "Mickey" was considered to be part of the "heart of his section". He was deeply concerned about all those around him and was extremely dedicated to not only his section and platoon, but to his family as well. He was known for his sense of humour and was instrumental in maintaining high morale within his section. Pte McKay was never shy to step up and get things done.
He was able to improvise, adapt, and overcome in all instances and rarely needed guidance on the completion of tasks. He loved spending time outdoors, whether it was camping or fishing, along with working with wood. He proved to be quite adept at building log houses, where his natural attention to detail, combined with his love of wood working, garnered him a standing job offer in Ontario.
Pte McKay was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during a dismounted night patrol in the Panjwayi district in Kandahar Province on 13 May 2010. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Clare McKay, father, Frederick Charles McKay, and his brother, Riley James McKay. We will remember him.