Cpl. Sean Michael Parker, aged 45, who had been missing since November 27, has been found, says the Ontario Provincial Police. The Brockville Rifles, a local military group, have confirmed his death.
On Monday, the group wrote on their Facebook, “It is with a heavy heart that we post the loss of one of our own. Cpl Sean Michael Parker was found yesterday, December 1st having been missing since November 27th. Unfortunately, it was not the outcome we were hoping for.”
“Cpl Parker was known as the gentle giant, a big man with an even bigger heart. He loved his family deeply, and was a proud member of The Brockville Rifles for the past 8 years,” they added.
In 2017, Cpl Parker volunteered for Operation Lentus, the relief effort during floods in Ottawa from the spring runoffs. Parker was also chosen among his peers to represent the Junior Ranks of the Brockville Rifles at the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
He completed the Iron Warrior competition in 2018, in a respectable eight hours. The competition is known as a gruelling 50 km competition that includes a forced march, canoe portage, canoeing down the Ottawa River, and finishing with a second forced march.
Last year, Parker received a commendation from the 33 Canadian Brigade Group Commander after distinguishing himself at the scene of an accident by securing the area and aiding the wounded.
“The Brockville Rifles would like to take this opportunity to thank its members, along with members of other units, family and friends for their diligent search efforts. 50 plus volunteers came out to assist with the search. With our drive and determination, we accomplished what we had set out to do in just over 4 hours. We wish only that Sean has found peace, and that in time his entire family will heal from this most heartfelt loss,” reads the Brockville Rifles Facebook Page.
“Stand down soldier your duty is done and you may now Rest in Peace.”
To Cpl Parker’s family and friends, please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss.