Steve HoranJune 10 2005 at 11:15 AM
|JP Morgan |
Response to Yo Itenson!
The epitomy of a proud yet very humble and honest man. I know him well, and last spent an afternoon with him at Christmas. A very close friend of the family, Steve was my 'Uncle Steve' when I was a kid, and was one of the reasons why I joined the military (and the RCR!). He loves to tell funny stories, and my son was enthralled by Steve's recollections of me when I was a boy. He retired from the Army in 1972, and joined External Affairs, travelling the world. When I was stationed in Germany with 3RCR (88-92), he was in Brussels Belgium, and we used to see him quite often. I was unable to make it for Bam's funeral, but one of the most proud and touching points for Steve was the number of 'Royals' who travelled long distances to attend, or sent condolences.
Did you know that he was in the North Shore Regt at Normandy? Or that he was wounded and captured near Carpiquet? Spent the rest of the war in a POW camp near Leipzig (his "working holiday courtesy of the 3rd Reich", according to Steve!), yet he loves Germany second only to Canada. He was in the Jump Coy of 1RCR back in the MSF days, and proudly wears his RCR cap badge on a maroon beret alonf with his "fruit salad" (medals!) whenever he gets the opportunity to participate in an "Alte Kampfer" event. He still has the huge handlebar moustashe of a Sgt-Maj, too.
Yes, he's 80-ish now, but he's as sharp as when he was 65. On his 65th birthday, he was running for Brussels' subway trains! I can only hope to be that spry as I age.
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