TRENTON – A sombre scene on the tarmac at CFB Trenton as a Globemaster plane touches down … carrying the casket of fallen Canadian soldier, Major Scott Foote.
His loved ones arrive… with heavy hearts and flowers in hand.
As the ramp ceremony begins…emotions are overwhelming.
Rick O’Neil/ Foote’s Supervisor, 1 Canadian Division:
“It’s a very difficult scenario when you know someone this closely and this personal so yeah it’s tough.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Rick O’Neil was Foote’s supervisor at 1 Canadian Division, based at CFB Kingston.
He described the 50 year old as cool under pressure and great to be around.
“I think this goes back to his time as an instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Administrative Logistics. When you get into tense situations and tense moments, I think with that background…he really had a calming influence on a group of people.”
Born in Newfoundland in 1966, Foote joined the reserves in 1991.
In 2006 he transferred to the Regular Force and spent the next 10 years in different divisions.
He also was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009.
In 2015, he was posted to CFB Kingston… and two months ago, he was deployed to Amman, Jordan.
“Major Foote was found unconscious in a military gym in Jordan last Thursday and was later pronounced dead after efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Canadian Armed Forces officials say his death was non-combat related but the cause is currently under investigation.”
“He was a liaison officer working with the Canadian Defence Attache staff and working with the Jordanian military as well.”
The Acting Commander for Canadian Joint Operations Command says Foote was a dedicated officer and his passing will be felt by family, friends and fellow soldiers.
Mourners holding Canadian flags gathered on bridges over the 401 … as Major Foote’s body was taken to Toronto along the Highway of Heroes.