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October 14, 2016
10 years ago today... Thank you Pte, Williamson. R.I.P. We will remember.

Roger Borchert
Morinville Alberta
October 13, 2015
Rest in peace brother. A shot of Drumbuie sits on the bar next to me. May you rest in peace and watch over everyone. You will never be forgotten. Pro Patria.
December 23, 2013
For the families and children of our fallen this Christmas 2013

Colours glowing near a window pain
Shimmer gentle, seen, the sight
Lifting hearts in yuletide's glow
On Christmas Eve, tonight
Let them hear the carols
Sung on high
Sung in hearts so light
Sung with all the love that grew
Sung with all their might
As they gather close
Around their Christmas tree
Recall a life time, shared
Broke into tears, for a life once shared
With a nation
With all of us
Oh Lord our child of Canada
Lost a soldier, Oh So Dear
To a world that needed
A strong, strong heart
To stand, to say, no more
In a world gone so terribly wrong
On behalf of me and you
They stood, they gave, all that they could
Left those they loved behind
We now cherish, the very thought
A thought that's so profound
Hearts have risen high above
As angle's wings do fly
Carrying forth their love so dear
We hold them near to us
Their wives, their children
Their moms, their dads
Their families, loved ones, friends
And those who walked at their sides
On behalf of all of us
As sunshine gathers, sparkles thought
In the snow that's on a tree
May the beauty of the gift they gave
Shine on for you and me
May the warmth of love surround their hearts
Quell the hurt, the pain the loss
May it bring your soldier, mom, or dad
Close to you tonight
May they wrap their loving arms so tight
Hold you close and oh so near
And let you know you're never alone
At this precious time of year
In life, in birth, a special child
Was born on Christmas morn
To bring to you that special chance
To be near to them once more

May the Joy of Christmas warm your hearts and lift your spirits high
Shine the glow that Christmas brings
Close to you tonight

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake/Morinville, Alberta
Our hearts, Our tears, Our prayers, Shared, This Christmas 2013
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November 26, 2013
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you....remembrance day is the hardest....your the best and I miss you so much we had lots of fun on those 3-11 proud of the man (at such a young age) you became...xoxoxoxoxooxoxoxo
November 06, 2013
We Will Remember Them. Written for Remembrance Day 2013

For those who've stood at the gates of hell
As battle rages forth
And stood to hold their line, their fate
To lift a new world rising forth
A world in which freedom's hand
Was openly held toward
To those to escape the bonds that bind
To hold them ever more
From the clutches, the beating down
Their spirit and their hearts
Those who held that outstretched hand
To those who needed help
So thankful all a world should be
For they stood for another voice
One that held our hearts, our minds
Standing very close
Freedom is not just a venture forth
It is a way of life
That lends us all, the gift to stand
Go forth for what is right
And allow all those to climb aboard
Who see it in their sight
Oh Lord you gave us choices
Good or evil found in hearts
The two, so very different hold
Our worlds so far apart
Tonight I looked into the coals
Of embers burning bright
And saw the life of those who share
Our nation's glowing light
At first their dreams are smoke and mirrors
Of a life that used to be
And then each soldier rises up
Gives meaning to where they've been
Learning pride, remembrance
From those who've stood before
Those who tossed the torch that holds
Their futures, evermore
So many didn't return back home
They lay where poppies grow
So many others caught their torch
And across our earth they've roamed
Within this new world
They have worked so hard
To help to come about
A world where sons, where daughters, rise
And share a brand new world's spark
Lord love them for they took a stand
And said no more, no more
A message needed
In our world today
As terror knocks on every door
We could never wander very far
From these hearts so warm that said
Our world needs us brave enough
To stand in terror's way
So as you sit around a campfire's light
Look in and see how bright
The glow that warmed those hearts to stand
As they stood for all of us
We can never forget that step they took
We remember those who gave
All they could towards a better world
A better world today

We Thank Them
We Will Remember Them
Strong of heart
Strong in spirit
Glowing heroes to recall each day

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
August 25, 2013
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I keep your picture in my wallet, and when people ask about it I'm so proud to tell them your story. I always looked up to you when we were growing up, you were so funny, and you had such cool style and gauges and tattoos (haha). But now looking back I always thought it was so amazing you found your perfect career in the military, you were so dedicated and loved your job. I've had a few stumbles, but now I'm finally in hairdressing school pursuing my dream career. And today at a random vintage shop in Toronto, the first military jacket on the rack had this name; I hope this a sign you're proud of me for making it, and that you're watching over me. I love you Blake, always will. Rest in peace.
March 30, 2013
My poem, written for this Easter 2013, in respect of those who have given their very all to bring about a better world on our behalf and in recognition of their families, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers who miss them so deeply at each Easter Sunday meal. May They R.I.P. We Will Remember Them.

Empty chairs each Easter Sunday
In homes across our land
Tears flowing gently
For each son or daughter
Mom or dad
Who gave a heart to Canada
Stood proud for me and you
Stepped forth to make a difference
In a world, in need, they knew
I've seen comets
I've seen meteors
But what I saw the other night
Was a glowing ball
Streak across the sky
In slow motion, in its flight
It glowed so bright, like mini moon
Its colour just the same
And then in the spirit with which it came
Turned to darkness once again
Overjoyed in what, I had seen
It was not a shooting star
It was a light that lifted high
In the brief moment of its spark
Oh lord, so many soldiers
So young and full of life
Have moved my heart
In this gentle way
As they've stood so far apart
Parted from their families
Parted from their friends
Stood so tall for who we are
Given all that could be given
Now held so close, within the hearts
Of those who miss them so
As bright, as seen, this palm Sunday's eve
Not unlike a story foretold
Of a son who gave his very all
So others would follow
Follow in a dream, a way
That a world would see a light
Of goodness spread across a world
At freedoms dawning sight
Oh Lord be near our soldier
Who also gave a life
For all to see a better world
On behalf of all of us
Lord, I dare not compare your son of life
To our warriors brave and true
I only give this humble voice
Of their efforts, the good, they do
Standing tall
Standing brave
Standing with all you shared
Within their hearts as young they were
To mold them
Brave for you

By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
[email protected]
December 23, 2012
For the Families of Our Fallen This Christmas 2012

Angel's feathers falling
To remind us they're up there
Wind chimes sounding gently
To let us know the lord is near
Today is but a lull, in winter's nasty chill
One can see the storm clouds building
Circling, all around us now
We hold so close the warmth that was
To let it not escape
Yet no matter how hard we try
The warmth, it finds the gate
The chill it reaches down inside
Attaches to the spine
Sends shivers climbing through us now
Hearts are frozen held in time
For those who've lost a loved one, friend
Tis all they can endure
A hope, a wish, a prayer, t'would bring
Their loved one home again
Oh Lord their Soldier stood for all
Please warm these hearts so chilled
So they may find the warmth once shared
With this one no longer near
As they look out through the window
Let the moon and stars, shine bright
Let all about, it glisten forth
On this, this special night
Another hero gave his all
The one who led the way
For them to find a life beyond
And faith to find a day
A way to climb a staircase
To the heavens high above
To join a son, a daughter, friend
To be together once more as one
Oh lord you sent your son, our gift
To those who lend a heart
To those who've given all and more
For those life has forgot
We stand so near, so near Oh Lord
In praise, in solitude
Await a time, a time to share
A loved one entrusted unto you

Thank you Lord
Merry Christmas To All
We will Remember Them Until You Meet Again
By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family Slave Lake, Alberta
[email protected]
November 11, 2012
For Remembrance Day 2012

Flurries of snow across our land
A chilly wind bites at the spine
As we stand for those who stood for all
In far off distant lands
Some recall the void, the pain within
Left in hearts, in minds, in lives
Who were impacted at the loss of those
Their lives never the same again
Friends recall fond memories
Child in tears for a mom or dad
A wife recalls the horror of war
That turned her life, a living hell
A mother or father stands in thought
A loss beyond belief
Of one who was their heart their soul
Since counting tiny toes upon their feet
Fellow soldiers, comrades
Loved ones, friends
In their minds they bring them near
In special thoughts of those they've lost
While fighting over there
We as Canadians
Stand proud, respect
All those who stood for all
Sent from a nation whose open heart
Has provided a world a home
Oh lord my heart so empty
As I stand, two minutes given
Just a moment's time
For the life they gave
On behalf of all of us
I cannot be prouder Canada
I could never turn away
From those who've shared
Their loved one forth
A debt we could not repay
Stand proud, Remember, Oh Canada
For those who stand for us
For their families, friends, and comrades too
For they gave for me and you
We are focused on the flower
Began in fields so far away
An image to be remembered now
On each Remembrance Day

We Who Remember Them
Are forever in their debt
By Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family Slave Lake, AB
November 11, 2012
To Blake's family. We think of Blake often--but on Rememberance Day he is imbedded in our thoughts as we watch the ceremony. Each ceremony since his passing has become so much more poignant. RIP Blake
November 09, 2012
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM .... you will always be in our hearts and memory Blake.
November 01, 2012
The years go by the time slowly dulls, but we remember. Through the forced reflection that only great loss of the people we care about conspires, we are able to appreciate the lives we are blessed to live. Thank you to the family's whom burden the grief so as that we can all carry on. We are all in this together and i hope time will not dull our appreciation of such time ascending heroism. Stay in our hearts and minds forever. Thank you Blake.
October 15, 2012
Just a note to let Blake's family know that he has not been forgotten. I am very thankful that he chose to serve and protect this great country but am saddened that he lost his life in doing so. Thinking of you.
December 24, 2011
For the Families of Our Fallen, This Christmas 2011

The wind is howling at my doorstep
This eve of Christmas Eve
The trees are bending low its clear
As Christmas day draws near
As I decked the tree this Christmas
I thought of those so brave
Of those who've lost a loved one
Who stepped forth for me and gave
They gave their all for Canada
A gift beyond compare
They stood a world away in time
Where few would tread or dare
So many loved ones share in tears
In thoughts they've left behind
Hugs once held so warm and close
A smile within a mind
The TREE has become so special now
For it holds a life time past
Its sparkling lights a memory's glow
Of a hero once held so near
As garland wrapped the tree in smiles
Those smiles of yesteryears
Those smiles held upon as face
Forever now held near
Each piece of tinsel a frozen tear
Shed at a time of loss
And now reflecting the reason why
For this hero was dearly loved
A true angel tops this Christmas tree
For is seen when looking high
As a loved one lifts their faces near
And a prayer races from a heart
A wish that they were standing near
A wish for laughter's sound
A warmth a hug once use to bring
Remains a memory oh so close
Oh Canada, our heroes gave
Their loved ones hold our hearts
Lord please reach out and hold them close
Please be so near this season forth

By: Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
Our Thoughts, Our Hearts, Our Prayers
Wishing You All A Wonderful Christmas
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May 02, 2011
I am doing an assignment about Blake Williamson. R.I.P
November 12, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Thank You Blake for the great sacrifice you made for us you will never be forgotten. Your memory will live on forever. You are a hero, My hero Thank You for everything
November 01, 2010
Thinking of all those who have given so much; those who have paid the Ultimate Sacrifice, our Veterans, our serving soldiers, their families, loved ones and friends at this special time of Remembrance, 2010. We Do Remember.

They crawled on their bellies slowly
In the dirt, the dust, the slime,
Ran onto beaches, lived in fear, a moment out of time.
A time that changed a world in need
A time that set apart
Times that held a world so close, near and dear to every heart
The gas they sent, it took its toll
Many others held that ground
And challenged over and over again
Until freedom’s world was found
Liberated nations cheered delight
A world was aimed anew
But for so many who had lost a life
The tears fell hard and true
They stepped forth for their Nation
They stepped forth for a world to be
They stepped forth to chase the evil back
Keep their families safe and free
Through life times of years gone by
Up to this present day
A brethren strong with so much might
Stepped forth for you and me
We owe so much to those who’ve walked
In fear yet oh so strong
So brave in every step they took
So many now are gone
They have challenged life itself each day
And stood for what was right
They did it with their heart and soul
And stood with all their might
Lord love the souls of these so brave
And cherish duty’s call
For they gave all for a better world
On behalf of one and all.
At this time of Remembrance
Into our hearts we welcome those
Who have walked this solemn journey forth
For those who needed a friend along
We recall their families, loved ones, friends,
For so many have paid the price
Of freedom, or for a world in peace
Or to fight terror in another place
Oh Lord we hold their honour high
Our tears have washed the path
For those who take their torch to stand
As to them the torch is passed
Forever near we promise
We will honour these hearts so brave
And stand nearby their families, friends
For the sacrifice they gave

By Roger Borchert,
Our Hearts, Our Tears, Our Prayers
Thank You. The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
[email protected]
August 23, 2010
Thanks for your self sacrifice to protect others. You have all payed the ultimate price and all free people should be thankful for your bravery.
April 03, 2010
As I focus this Easter Sunday
My heart goes out to you
For a Chair is sitting empty
For a Hero Brave and True
Who gave a life for Canada
And a world we should become
A better world for all to share
A better world for everyone

They had raised their eyes in honour
To the Flag that flew above
They had sung its anthem strongly
In their hearts so full of love
It began for them in childhood
And sang out for years to come
At the vision of the Flag above
Onto which their hearts had clung
This special group, a brotherhood
That stepped forth to a country’s call
For them the Flag was calling
Could not turn away this love
For them it was the strongest call
The path that led the way
For they had held it steadfast near
Flying high above each day
And then one sad, so tragic day
The leaf flew from the sky
To wrap and hold them tightly bound
In return for all their love
It warmed their weary bodies
Clung closer to their hearts
And to hearts that shared the pain, their loss
At such a tremendous cost
Wrapped within the hug that flew above
Love’s vision, all their lives
Now carried forth in a country’s love
For their loving sacrifice

By Roger Borchert
They Will Be Remembered
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
[email protected]
December 23, 2009
To the Families of Our Fallen. Thinking of you this Christmas

The tears that fall to a winter’s sky
A loved one looks off into the night
For Christmas Eve is a lonely time
When a loved one is not held tight
We know they would have been here
For their families, for their friends
If they had not given our world the gift
In their service to all mankind
They stepped forth to change a world so wrong
Lift a country from it’s past
To provide a future for those in need
A future to go forth and last
But someone stole this life so strong
The beauty of a thought
Of stepping forth, to stand protect
And the goodness it could have brought
Please fill this void, warm this broken heart
Who looks out upon this eve
Troubled in a thought, a loss
Of someone now so close to thee
Oh lord please place a gentle thought
A memory of a time
When joy would fill this household warm
And keep it there at Christmas time
Let this family know we care so much
They should not be alone
Please help our thoughts be passed along
To warm those within this home
For Christmas is a time to know
That the coming of this child
Provides for all across our earth
To be reunited with that smile
The one that used to hold a hand
Or hold us in a hug
The one for whom we shed these tears
On this cold and lonely night
Please hold them close on Christmas morn
Celebrate the birthday of this child
Who came to bring salvation forth
To reunite them in awhile

By Roger Borchert

We pray oh Lord you stand near this Christmas to warm, to hold these families tight and mend these hearts so torn. Wishing you all the best this Christmas and throughout the coming year.

The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
[email protected]
November 16, 2009

We miss you hourly, daily.

Peace and love

Mom and Pops
November 11, 2009
Lest We Forget...RIP Blake.
November 06, 2009
In Respect of our Military Families, Our Fallen, and Wounded on Remembrance Day

For what we take for granted
So many have died for
So many lives so vastly changed
At the dreadful cost of war
There is the good; there is the bad
A liberated nation cheers
Left in dread for those young souls lost
Devastated a world back home
Efforts to protect a peace
That no one thought was near
Laying lives upon the line
Visions at times so unclear
Lives touched by fear or lived in dread
Of wounded coming home
Of crosses lined in many rows
From a trip down a heroes road
I have been sitting on the bank
Of a river flowing by
Flowing heavy with the flood of tears
From their family’s eyes
For on this day of remembrance
Their thoughts, their dreams, their prayers
Are focused on a loved one lost
Leaving them in such despair
My heart it wants to reach out
Let them know I can’t forget
The gift they’ve laid for their fellow man
Tis the greatest gift to give
So humbled in a moment’s thought
So treasured was the step
That they took forth at their country’s call
Let it never be forgot
We measure freedom lightly now
For we’ve grown so familiar with
But if not for those who took this step
And gave this precious gift
Would we take it so very lightly
Would we have the chance to vent
About all that annoys and bothers us
Without retribution for what we’ve said
So thankful they stood so proudly for
All that we hold so dear
All that makes us Canada
For me it’s oh so clear
For some others they just don’t get it
They think so little of
What has been placed in front of them
At the cost of someone’s love
If I could send forth a message
Place it in a bottle, float it by
I’d provide a note of how much I care
For those whose tears are flowing by
If I could walk along this shore
Such a warming hug I’d give
To those who’ve lost a loved one
So we can live the way we live

By Roger Borchert

So Many gave so much so we could be who we are. So Proud to be Canadian
We will Remember Them

Our Hearts, Our Tears, Our Prayers
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
October 14, 2009
hard to believe that it has been 3 years!seems like yesterday that we got the call from mike in afghanisatn!ours thoughts are with heather and gary and family
October 14, 2009
hard to believe that it has been 3 years already. i still rmember the phone call saying that he had been killed.we only knew him for a few short years but whata bright and brve young man.heather and gary our thoughts are with you and your family today.
October 14, 2009
My deepest sympathies go out to the family. Blake was an amazing guy. I can remember how he could make me laugh no matter what the situation. Blake was my date for Grad and I will always remember how he wore white running shoes with his suit. It is those little details that still bring a smile to my face when thinking of him. He will be forever remembered and missed by those who knew him.
June 05, 2009
Blake was an outstanding character. He played a large roal in everything he undertook and always stood out as the individual. He was anexcellent athlete and im sure his dedication set him aside as an outstanding soldier. Anyone that knew him would agree he was a likeable guy, and it is a tragedy to have him leave so young. My deepest respect goes out to his family and i would like to thank them on behalf of my own family who have the privalage to live the peacfull lives we do because of the selfless actions of individuals like Blake. To this day I know Blake is still in the hearts and minds of all those who knew him, and through remembrance he will live forever.
May 24, 2009
As a child, and as a young adult, I never took into much consideration the lives people around me will lead. And I'm sure that's the same for most.
And even as an adult I know I may never know what's become of the lives of the people I've known. Where they're going and where they've gone. What choices they've had to make, and for what greater good.

I never would have pictured Blake's face, or anyone's face I knew, on the front page of the paper telling me how his life was taken fighting in a war. How he had chosen that path for life, despite that it may take that life from him. That he became a soldier who gave for me. For you. And for everyone.

We live in a world that cannot BE without men and women like him. But these men and women as few or as many as there are in this world, give an opportunity for the lives of so many more, and they are Heros. Because they really do save the world. And every one of them counts.

I'm very heavy knowing his life ended too soon, and too far from home. But I am very happy to have known him when he was young and to know he grew up to be a Hero.
April 08, 2009
Thinking of our Canadian Fallen Soldiers due to our efforts in Afghanistan. For them, their families, friends and fellow soldiers during this Easter Season: this Poem was written with the help of one of their Mothers. For her assistance and inspiration I am so very, very grateful.

We thank you Lord for being near
And for your gifts given unto us
We thank you too for sending forth
Your son’s so gentle touch
He provides our world with caring hearts
Without which we could not love
He gives strength to those who would step forth
In a world hidden but from above
They’ve stepped beneath terrors darkened clouds
Too many whisked away
We pray Oh Lord you gather them
Provide them a new day
Please take them close, near to thee
We entrust them to your care
Let them rest awhile hold them near
And set their spirits free
May they stand proud now
Among their peers
Families, friends, and loved ones too
For in the loving Grace of an angel’s touch
We’re drawn so much closer unto you

Thank you so very much for your efforts and sacrifice towards making our world a better place.

Our tears, our hearts, our prayers
Roger Borchert
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
[email protected]
February 09, 2009
January 25, 2009
Thinking of Blake today and everyday!You are certainly missed by you buddy in pet!!!!
December 31, 2008
For the loved ones of Canada’s Fallen Heroes

May the New Year bring
A warmth to thee
That helps to heal the heart
That mends the fracture caused within
That’s torn you apart
May it whisper in your ear at night
That love is standing near
That you will never be alone
A warmth to quell your fear
May it welcome you in mornings’ light
And be near throughout the day
Standing near to comfort you
In a needed special way
May you always know
The time will come
Together you will be
Find in the tear a memory brings
The joy it helped you see

May the lord be near throughout the year, come and help in every day, that it takes for you to overcome this tragedy life did play.

Our Hearts, Our tears, Our Prayers
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
[email protected]
December 20, 2008
For the families, loved ones, and friends of Canada’s fallen soldiers: It was written this evening with thoughts of what you and your families are going through at this season and could not hold it back any longer. It is my Christmas gift to you all.

I thank you for wandering near
As you think of where I lie
You think of what I went through
And a tear wells up inside

Let not that tear
Fall for me I’m sitting watching you
For I’m not there at all no more
I’m here inside of you

I’m sitting near within your thoughts
And in your memories
I’m just the thought a gentle breeze
In a gust of memory

I’m the gentle shiver when you are near
I’m the glimmer in your eye
I’m the sparkle that a teardrop brings
When it wells up in your eye

I’m the smile a fond moment brings
I’m the warmth you held so dear
Remember that, as time goes by
And know I’m standing near

As you look upon the Christmas tree
Shinning at this time of year
Know the Lord sent his only son
So that I could be standing near

May our Lord be near you all.

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all during this so difficult time of year. Please know that it comes complete with the glisten of tears held within the eyes of it’s, author Roger Borchert. Thank you so very much for the efforts of your loved one towards making our world a better place

The Borchert Family, Slave Lake Alberta
[email protected]
November 11, 2008
May our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family today and everyday.
November 11, 2008
May you find comfort in Blake's bravery and your many memories.
God bless you and your family.
November 11, 2008
God bless you and your family
November 11, 2008
Today we remember!
November 06, 2008
In Respect and Remembrance of Our Fallen Warriors, their Mothers, Fathers, Wives, Children, Grandparents, Loved Ones, Friends, Fellow Troops, and all those Canadians whose hearts and tears lay at your side; I submit:

There are no words that I can place here in this registry that could ever justify or explain the loss of your loved one, friend, or fellow soldier. Please know that my family and I cannot stand idly by, without taking a moment, to express how much our hearts go out to you. There is no greater gift towards the future of our country, our world, our humanity, than the efforts and sacrifices made by our Canadian forces towards making our world a better place. Whatever the politics of the day, whatever the leadership of the moment, our selfless warriors have stepped forth to deploy to meet the needs of our changing world, with honour and an integrity that is unrivalled. We as Canadians truly bow and honour your efforts and sacrifice.

We have fallen on fields of battle
In lands so far from home
We have marched to war in honour
For those who’ve felt alone
We have defended those who couldn’t
And stood between the lines
Of two opposing armies
In this new world in our time
We have stood for those who cannot
For those who are oppressed
Standing shoulder to shoulder
To help others do their best
We have held our line with honour
Fury held at bay
Rebuilding a broken nation
To allow all to have a say
Our sons and daughters moms and dads
Stepped forth to make it so
A gift given for a better world
Such a precious gift you know
Our youth in pride have stepped forth
Do this job as best they can
Lay their life upon the line
Each true Canadians
They will not be forgotten
We can never turn away
They have taught the price of giving
In such an honoured way
For where would our world be then
If we just stood by and watched
Could we look ourselves in the eye
And say it wasn’t lost

Our tears. Our thanks. Our prayers.
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, Alberta
[email protected]
November 04, 2008
Private Blake Williamson was a loyal, friendly, honest person.
October 14, 2008
Blake, we'll never forget. You'll always be in as many stories and shared memories as ever. You were usually right at the centre of them. Heather, Reid, Levi and Gary; my love goes out to you all every day of the year, and today especially I hope you know you're in my prayers.
October 09, 2008
Well buddy, it's approaching that time of year again. It doesn't get any easier but that's ok. You've taught me that it's ok to cry...anywhere, anytime. You made a difference. I miss you, and i will speak of you always.
Brothers in Arms,
September 30, 2008
With a heavy heart stepping forth
Please forgive me when I say
That I let you down in the past
In not a little way

I did not write to let you know
Just how much I cared
For the sacrifice you’ve given
For so many in despair

You stepped forth and joined our forces
Laid your life upon the line
To bring about a safer world
A new world in our time

Fellow soldiers friends and families
And those you held so dear
Still think of you most everyday
For us others it’s not so clear

We must slow down and take the time
Understand how great the cost
For if not placed in front of us
Can we comprehend the loss

Sometimes we’re just so very shy
Or we don’t know what to say
Or do not want to interfere
Or seem superficial in any way

I can no longer withhold my thoughts
I have to pass them on
For it breaks my heart just thinking of
All those left to carry on

Please know that you are in my prayers
Will be there for years to come
Know that you are in my thoughts
For the efforts you have done

Oh yes there is that special day
To remember not to forget
Those who’ve paid the greatest price
We can never repay this debt

Pte. Blake Williamson we knew you not, but our prayers reach out for you, your loved ones, friends, and fellow soldiers. We do, so dearly, thank you and your loved ones for your efforts towards making our world a better place.

The Borchert Family Slave Lake Alberta
September 20, 2008
~{Rest In Peace}~
July 30, 2008
I met blake 3 yrs ago while he was travelling, although i only knew him for 3weeks, i felt like i had known him a life time, i dont know how to type what it is i want to say or how to describe blake. but to me he was someone i will always look up upon he was proud to be himself and lived life to the fullest. It is a great loss but blake will live on forever inside the hearts of those he has touched.
July 17, 2008
Hi BW from BW
March 21, 2008
I stumbled on this page looking for another person named Blake Williamson. As I read the postings I had to tell you, Blake's family, how grateful I am for the young people who have the strength of character that your son and brother seems to have have displayed. May God bless you always as you morn such a tremendous loss. After reading this guest book, I will never forget Blake and his gift to America.
November 09, 2007
I am sorry to hear about Blake. I never knew him myself, but my teachers at North Grenville say he was a great guy, so I know that he was. I respect the risk he took to help the people in Afghanistan, and honor his sacrifice. My sympathies to his friends and family.
November 08, 2007
I go to Port Dover Composite School in Port Dover, Ont. I would like to say that i'm going to be representing Blake in our Rememberance Day assembly at my school. I'm very sorry for your loss and would like to give you and your family and friends my sympathy.
October 31, 2007
Im very sorry
October 26, 2007
rip bro, pro pat.
October 15, 2007
Hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you now and always ... we will never, ever forget.
September 27, 2007
My thoughts are forever with your family in your loss.

OS Wilson
B Coy 1 Plt
August 23, 2007
Still randomly thinking about you from time to time buddy.... you still put a smile on my face
August 18, 2007
Blake we will never forget you and 2 his family the activity in his guest book might have slowed down but everyone that knew Blake is still thinking about him every day. God bless you
August 17, 2007
I met Blake after his first tour. He was so proud...I thought he was remarkably brave. I was deeply sadden to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed.
December 29, 2006
To the family of Blake Williamson, I am so sorry about the loss of your son, brother and friend. My husband is MCpl Leblanc, he was in Blake section and was wounded that day. It is so hard to believe these brave men aren't coming home but they will certainly never be forgotten. Although I never really had a chance to know Blake, my husband tells me he was a really good guy and a great soldier. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
[email protected]
December 11, 2006
We are so sorry for what ye are going through now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We wish that there was something we could say to ease the pain. We lost our dear nephew Sgt. Craig Gillam on Oct 3. Think about the good times we had with them. They were our hero's in life and will remain our hero's. Take Care
November 18, 2006
Deepest sympathies from your former neighbours at 199 Burris Street in Hamilton.
November 16, 2006
What could be more appropriate in a memory guest book than memories of my Son...for my daughter Reid and youngest son Ryan who is now in basic training the military to follow in his brother's footsteps.

I remember teaching him to fish, shoot, catch frogs, play catch (Paa taught him to hit) I just practised with Blake. Also how to ride bike, skateboard. I remember his early and frequent VIP treatment courtesy of my friends at Nordair with his Mother. While driving as a kid constantly with the joke book going...his love of swimming especially hanging on to the tails of either Ebony or Ruggles our huge dogs. His first two crushes first in Deep River and 2 years later with the twins in Bellevile. The heliocopter ride in Mrytle Beach...the long walks and talks and questions always questions. The very early morning hockey games and practises and being behind his net while he was goalie...and then his stinky sports equipment.. The up and coming baseball star and teaching him the Indian Rock Farewell ceremony for loss of Paa. The pathetic look on his face when his tonsils came out in the gown with the bare backside hanging out. The Fireworks, car races, teaching him to shave with cream and a plastic razor and watching old reruns of Alf the tv series...half his life we were like glue...will miss him and all he could have been but proud of what he did for himself and his Country.
Love Dad XOX
November 15, 2006
Dear Blake's family and friends,
I didnt get the honor of being blakes close friend, but from when i met him he was a good guy..made me u all know how he was...i pray for you every night and hope in time the overwhelming sadness will fade into nothin but good memories...
November 12, 2006
It doesn't seem that long ago that we were watching our boys playing baseball. Our boys became young men and assumed the responsibilities of adult life.
You can always be proud of the man that Blake became.
Heather, Reid and Ryan know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
November 12, 2006
As he did in life Blake has now challenged us all to be so much better.

So while you, Blake's family and closest friends, bear the burden of this terrible tragedy the rest of us are left to reflect, share his story and to make sure that his untimely passing was not in vain. The hundreds of responses to this site by so many friends and former peers of his, in and out of school, are a testament to the fact that he can lie in peace knowing that he has made such an impact. Mrs. Anderson, you gave Blake to us as a young boy ...guided him throughout and turned him into a man certainly deserved more time to see the fruits of your labour of love. Reid and Ryan take solace in the fact that the best of your brother resides in you and while this loss can be nothing but overwhelming, know these things will carry you far. My thoughts have been with the three of you now for awhile but no more so than yesterday. You unselfishly shared your son and brother with the rest of the world that he might make it a better place ...and clearly in so many different ways he did that. Please accept my deepest sympathies at the loss of a very special young man.

Phil Stover
November 11, 2006
Dear Neil,
I was so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Whatever else you may be feeling now, you can also feel proud to have raised such a fine, brave son. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
November 11, 2006
Blake, It's November 11 at 11:11pm.. You are in all of our prayers and thoughts as we all remember you and many others that have given your lives for others. Thank you! You are forever a hero in my eyes
November 10, 2006
Heather,Reid & Ryan, Words can not describe just how much i love you guys! May Blakes memory last 4 ever in our hearts! Thank you for taking my brother Pte. Michael Thompson in as one of your own! We miss them both dearly!
November 09, 2006
Heather,Reid and Ryan,
I'm very sorry for your loss.May the memory of Blake live on in your hearts and the hearts of others.
November 07, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan - Although we have not been in touch in recent years, we are so sorry to hear of Blake's death. We cannot imagine the months of fear you lived through worrying about him, and then to lose him as he started on his adult life. He was a great kid. The days ahead will be difficult, but we hope that time and good memories will help. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
November 07, 2006
November 07, 2006
To the Williamson family, Iam proud to tell all that my son Sgt Darcy Tedford served and fought with such a brave, honorable, professional soldier-Pte. Blake Williamson. Thank you Blake! Sincerely Robin Tedford---Pro Patria
November 05, 2006
Reid, Ryan and Heather I cannot possibly express the sadness and shock that I felt when I heard of Blake's death. I spent the summer with a very close family friend (similar to a son) serving with the PPCLI in Afganistan. He came home on August 31st.
I remember talking to H.B. about Blake during the first week of school and I was sure that he too would come home.
I also remember Blake's smile and his presence in class. I think about him every day during the national anthem and I am glad that I had the chance to know him. Remembrance Day has a new meaning for me. Blake is gone, but will not be forgotten.
November 05, 2006
It has taken me alittle time to think about what I wanted to write.. It all feels like a dream.. Although I did not get to spend alot of time with Blake. He touched a part of my heart that will never be forgotten. Blake had such a love for music. I can still hear his voice singing above the songs he introduced me to. I want to send my deepest condolences to his family & friends. My prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. It is very hard when we lose someone so special as Blake. He was an amazing individual that will be missed by all. I am glad for the time I did get to spend with him. And like many others look forward to see his smiling face waiting at the pearly gates. Now November 11th will have a different meaning to all of us.. for we personally have a HERO to remember.
November 05, 2006
I'd just like to say that it has been an honour to have known Blake for the short time that I did. He was a great guy who had time for everyone. You'll be sorely missed buddy.
November 01, 2006
Heather,Gary,Reid and Ryan
I know today is Blake's memorial service in Petawawa,sorry we couldn't be there.I know Michael would certainly like to be and Iam sure his thoughts are with you as he makes his way back to Afghanistan.Take care and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.There will always be a special place in our hearts for Blake.We will be paying tribute to Blake on Remembrance Day at our local Cenotaph.God Bless
October 31, 2006
I'm very sorry for you family's loss. I was in the PPCLI for 7 years and today I'm a coach in a school. All our staff and students will be made aware of Blake's sacrifice and your loss. I'm very proud of your son all those who are still in the fight or been there. Sadly, for every soldier that is lost, a piece of me is lost with them. God bless...
October 31, 2006
To the Williamson family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful son Blake. I also lost my son that day, Sgt Darcy Tedford, Bo Peep as his guys called him. Darcy was very proud of his guys and I feel better knowing that Blake & Darcy are side by side at Beechwood. They are together in death as in life. The pain of loss is strong but our pride in our sons will carry us through this difficult time. they were fine young men trying to better a broken country and now they are watching over us all. God bless them both and all our families.Paulette & Robin Tedford Truro N.S.
October 28, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with Blake's family and friends. All our fine soldiers are remembered.
October 28, 2006
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious son Blake. I am sorry that I was unable to attend the funeral. I know that you are very proud of your young soldier fighting for what he believed in.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Reid.
October 27, 2006
To the family of Blake,
I would like to express my most deepest condolences to you all for your loss of Blake. I am the proud brother of Sgt. Darcy Tedford. I too feel your pain and I want to let you all know that my thoughts are with you also. Darcy often talked to me about Blake and his fellow comrades in the Black Sheep group. He told me they were a very close knit group of guys and that he was very proud of them all. He felt like a father to them and was very much protective of them.
Blake and Darcy are truly heroe's and they have given the ultimate sacrifice to try to better our world. For this I thank Blake and all of our fallen soldiers.
I feel for your family at this sad time but let's let there memory live on. Blake is a beautiful angel watching over you all now. Be strong for him and your family and may Blake "Rest in Peace"

Jody Tedford
October 27, 2006
For Blake's father Neil Williamson,His grandmother Mae Williamson,his sister Reid and brother Ryan-My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 26, 2006
I was Blake's section 2ic in Afghanistan last year. It was an absolute honour to have served with him. We had good times, and he helped keep morale high even when times were tough. I wish everyone got to know him, because of his strong character, integrity, and the ability to make people laugh. To the Williamson family: i would like to meet you to share my symapathy and just to tell you about the Blake i knew. I was unable to attend the funeral because i'm in the States for a while, but my heart goes out to you all. You can email me at [email protected]
October 26, 2006
To Blake's Family,
My prayers and sympathy go out to your entire family. I only know of Blake from his cousin, Nick Anderson, whom I work with. He told us some very nice things and can only imagine what a fine young man Blake was.

God bless you and your family. May God comfort you at this time.
October 26, 2006
To the family of Blake Wiliamson, I express my condolences to his family and friends. I am Sgt. Craig Gillams Aunt. Blake like Craig will always remain a Hero in our hearts. They were brave men that fought for peace in this World. Please take comfort knowing that they are both Soldiers in heaven looking after us all. Take care and be strong.
October 25, 2006
To the Family and friends of Blake Williamson. Blake will be truly missed by one and all who loved him. Having know Blake as a friend i was sad to hear of this loss and i know now that he is up in heaven with god he is now our gurdian angel. To Heather i loved your son so much he was a great friend of mine and my husbands' and with my husband also being in the military i know what it is like to loss a love oned.
Blake you are now my and Landon's angel from up above and we both miss you very much
love you buddy
October 24, 2006
I am a cousin of Darcy Tedford who to left us on that very sad day. I am so very proud and grateful for the soldiers who display heroism and courage by leaving home to change the world and make it a better place. Let it not be forgotten what they have done but a memory of who they really are....Great Canadian Soldiers..
God Bless my friend.
October 24, 2006
Please no that my heart felt sympathies are with you and your family. I for one appreciate everything that soldiers do to make our country safer. My thoughts and prays are with you.
October 24, 2006
To learn of your precious son Blake's death was a shock indeed. Be assured that you are remembered in prayer and trusting you'll know the special love and comfort that only God can give. With Deepest Concern and Sympathy.
October 24, 2006
To Blake's Williamson family. So very sorry to hear about your lost too. We also just lost our son Sgt Craig Gillam and know only too well what you are going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Be strong for one another and God Bless. Agnes and Graham Bishop
October 24, 2006
To the williamson Family, and those at home who miss him dearly
Having served with Blake in the same section here in Afghanistan, and having been only meters away from him when he passed, i can tell you he will be truly missed and ever remembered by those of us here, and everyone who ever had the honour of working with him. he was always a source of morale and laughter, even when there seemed to be nothing to laugh to about.
He will be sorely missed by all.

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

rest easy my friend

Bo Peep's Black Sheep
October 23, 2006
You will be missed Blake, I will never forget the comraderie we shared at basic in Quebec.Goodbye Blake.
October 23, 2006
Heather, we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Speziale family.
October 23, 2006

I was so sorry to hear about your son Blake. No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
October 22, 2006
I spent a summer with Blake working at RHC - it wouldn't have been the same without him. I feel lucky that I was able to meet him and share so many laughs and good times. What happened to him is hard to accept but I know that his influence will live on in his friends and family.
October 22, 2006
No thought in my mind makes enough sense to put into words. The only thing that becomes quite clear is that life, makes no sense. Blake was the one person to show me how to let go of all the nonsense, and aquire more self worth. I envied ever part of what made Blake, Blake, and will never let that memory go. I am truly honored to have been your girlfriend for an unforgettable year of my life. They say you never forget your first love and I will never forget what we had, what we were and who you will continue to always be to me and to everyone. A hero in our eyes, a true friend in our hearts, forever. "For nothing loved is ever lost, and he was loved so much." You rest complete in my heart with many joyful memories. Forget you never, love you always... muahz
"If your a bird, im a bird"
October 22, 2006
I had the privilege of working with Blake last year in Afghanistan. What a great guy! Always cheering up his buddies even in the most difficult times.Knowing you made me a better person and it was an honor to have you as a fellow solider and a friend.
Rest in peace buddy.
Pro Patria
October 22, 2006
To Blakes Family,
I never got the chance to meet Blake, but I heard non-stop great things about him and you, his family. I am friends with Mike Thompson as well as his sister Misty, and I know one thing, I never seen someone love somebody as much Micheal loved Blake. As Mike said, Blake was the brother he never had. I am very proud of Blake, he has contributed so much to our Country. My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday.
October 22, 2006
To the Family of Pte. Williamson:
My son Jason (Young) shared the house with Blake and his friends.
I feel so sorry for the lose of your son and I can't begin to imagine the pain you are going through. I want you to know our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I know Blake will be missed by all. Blake will remain a hero in all our hearts. He was a great Soldier and friend to many. God Bless you and your Family.
October 22, 2006
To your family buddy I was probably the first person you talked to in basic training. I heard last week of everything. I still can't believe it buddy. I'm thinking of you and your family daily and wish the best for everyone. I know your looking down on us brother!!
October 22, 2006
To the Williamson Family

I never had the hounour of meeting Blake but my newphew (Brian MacGillivray) knew him well. At our Thanksgiving Day meal Brian was telling us all about Blake serving in Afghanistan. It was very clear how proud Brian was of his friend. There are so many emotions a mother my heart is breaking for you. I cannot begin to imagine how you feel....As a Canadian I feel very fortunate to live in this country and I feel safe because of people like Blake. Thank you for raising such a fine young man and I am truly sorry he was taken away too soon.
You are in my thoughts and prayers
October 22, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 22, 2006
williamson family my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.I had the honor of working with Blake and all can say is he was one of the best...He will be missed by two familys yours and our..
October 21, 2006
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
October 21, 2006
Blake was such an amazing person. always able to put a smile on our face.. he will continue to do so with all the memories we have built with him. i'm so proud of him. he will sorely be missed... but never will he leave my heart.

Heather, Ryan, and Reid -- know that Blake will always be with you.. watching over you, protecting you. you will always be surrounded by his love and guidance.
October 21, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan...
Our family remembers the summer days on the diamond with the "rookie" and your family cheering him on. We are thinking of you in our prayers and we're sharing your loss.
October 21, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan
I am sorry for your loss of Blake he was truly an amazing friend to many people and touched all of us in our own special way. He did our country proud and is respected by all of us.
I had know Blake since the days of Oxford On Rideau and being a neighbour we shared a lot of fun memories together. Blake will always be in my merories and my heart.
October 21, 2006
It has taken me a long time to finally write something here as I find it hard to grasp the words that reflect how I feel at this time. I knew Blake from high school; he was a warm, selfless human being with such an incredible smile and personality. I think everyone remembers Blake’s smile… it could definitely light up a room. Hearing of Blake’s passing left me feeling completely overwhelmed with emotion, it is so hard to understand why such an amazing individual like Blake was taken so soon. I guess there are just some things in life we aren’t meant to understand. I try to remember that it is all part of a bigger plan that God has set forth for us.

I hang a picture of Blake in my house now, to always remember him and honour what he has done for our country. Blake was a very brave and determined man that will always live on in the hearts of not only those who knew him, but of every Canadian, as he touched so many lives. Blake is a true hero that I will never forget. He may not be here in body but he will always live on in spirit through the memories that we all hold of him.

My sincerest condolences to the Williamson Family.
October 21, 2006
Dear Williamson Family,

I am truely sorry for you loss. I can honestly say, having served with Blake during this tour in Afghanistan, that he was a one of a kind. I will enjoy memories of his camaraderie, and miss his wit. He certainly had a unique way about him, and had no problems making others laugh. I can say, that the soldiers still here in Afghanistam miss him,and send thier thoughts to you and your loved ones. May you find peace in your memories of Blake, and find solace in the thoughts and prayers of all here in this guest book. Please accept condolences from my family,

Mcpl Rob Murphy
C Company
October 20, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 20, 2006
It is with great sympathy that I heard the loss of your eldest son, Heather. On the many occasions we talked about Blake, I quickly understood that his entry into the forces, his service to his country was a source of pride that could never be dimmed. I understood as my own father had been a career soldier and pride of duty lives a lifetime. I send my most sincere condolences to your family and tell you that all Canadians grieve your loss, and share your pride as he is remembered in Canadian history in Afghanistan.
October 20, 2006
I don't know you, and you don't know me; but we share one thing; the respect for the sacrifice Blake has given. I am a stranger to you, but I hope with all my heart that the strength and love I am sending helps with the pain you all face.
October 20, 2006
We have lost a fellow soldier, a friend and a brother. Blake your memories will never fade. I will miss your sarcasm and quick whit. It was awesome sharing a house with you over the last couple months. My condolences to the Williamson family. Blake was a wicked guy. And a strong soldier. He will be missed greatly, but never forgoten. God bless.
October 20, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. I did basic training with Blake and he was a wonderful person. He always made me laugh with his jokes and I will forever remember his smile! He is a hero and will always be remembered for his bravery. May God bless you my friend. Sleep well...
AB Strickland (CFB Borden)
October 20, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 20, 2006
I have never met you, however I feel the need to thank you and your family for the dedication to our wonderful country and the effort you have put forth on the war on Terror. You are a young warrior, in search for peace. You commited to bring peace to a country other than your own. This shows your dedication to not only your country, but the world we all live in. Thank you ever so much.

Ottawa, Ontario.
October 20, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan
A great family has lost a great young man. I will always ensure that the history students here at NG know of the fine young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada.
October 20, 2006
Dear Heather, Reid and Ryan,
As many others have already expressed, I just did not want to believe it was "our" Blake when I heard the news. I will always remember Blake's smile,his generosity, and his sincerity. Not only did I have the priviledge to be his teacher and coach, I also had the honour of working with him when he returned to N.G. on his leaves to volunteer with my classes, teams and especially my canoe trips. He was a very charming teenager and had grown into such a fine young man. We had made a pact that he would join me in 2009 for my final canoe trip. He will still join me in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathies go out to you.I will never forget Blake - the student, the athlete, the Hero, my friend.
October 20, 2006
Friends and Family of Pte. Blake Williamson,

My family sends our condolences & prayers.

My Brother Pte. Jason Royer had the Privilege of Serving in Afghanistan with Blake as well as shared a home with him in Petawawa. It broke our hearts to get that devastating phone call from him telling us of this great loss.

I know he will be greatly missed and thought of often.

Blake will always be remembered as a noble person who lost his life honoring his country, fighting for another country which was not his own and for that you can not help but be proud!

God bless you and comfort you through this sad time.

Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forecast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.
~Will Carleton
October 20, 2006
Blake, we all miss you so very much. You could put a smile on a sad face with such ease, and I am so grateful for knowing you. See you on the other side someday buddy.

"Those who love are thine forever."
October 20, 2006
Heather ..I was so shocked when I heard the news, I didn't want to believe it was true. It has been years since I last saw you, so long ago when Blake was a small baby. I pulled out a picture of him at my son's birthday party and there was the same smile. Be proud of him, he died with courage and honour and our Country is proud of him. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
October 20, 2006
My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Blake. It is amazing looking at this guestbook how many people one person can touch. Blake is a true hero who will be deeply missed.
October 20, 2006
On this very sad day, I wish to tender my deepest condolences to Blake's family, his friends and his comerades in arms in The Royal Canadian Regiment who continue to serve this great nation with such distinction.

Pro Patria
October 20, 2006
To Blake's friends and family,

Rideau Hill Camp is one of my favourite places on earth and Blake was part of my experience there. His presence brought laughter and smiles to everyone around him. He will be missed greatly. I am so incredibly proud of him and will carry him in my heart for eternity. I pray for your strength in this terrible time.
October 20, 2006
I wish to express my sympathy to all of your family and to Blake's friends. Blake selected a career path that he loved. He represented our country with an evident conviction and passion a as soldier. As a staff member of North Grenville District High School I am honoured to have know such a fine member serving in our Armed Forces.
October 20, 2006
Having gone to RHC for many years with the Kemptville crew I knew Blake for several years, working with him for a summer at RHC I learned to appreciate his unique sense of humour. He was a wonderful guy and will be greatly missed by all he touched. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends... there's a special angel looking over you. His dedication to our country will never be forgotten. God Bless.
October 20, 2006
Your son Blake served his country with pride and is now on special duty at the right hand of the Lord. Because he was such a good soldier, he was taken so young in life to watch over each and every family member until you meet again.
October 20, 2006
My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I hope you take comfort in the fact that your son is a true hero who sacrificed himself to ensure that we as Canadians, get to enjoy the greatest country on the planet. My heart aches for you... God bless you and your family.
October 20, 2006
My deepest sympathy . Canada , the
Canadian Forces , and THE ROYAL
very fine young soldier .

Earl Donaldson <1RCR 61-67>
October 20, 2006
Reid and family, Trevor and I send you our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
October 20, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 20, 2006
My sincerest condolences to all the family.
October 20, 2006
To the family of a hero, Blake Williamson, your sorrow is felt by all.
October 19, 2006
"What you do in this lifetime, will echo through Eternity"

To Heather, Reid and Ryan...know always that you are surrounded by his love.

Honour, Courage and Strength.
October 19, 2006
My thoughts are with the Williamsons, and all those who were close with Blake.
October 19, 2006
Williamson family,
My heart goes out to you and all others who are missing Blake. He was a true hero and he will be forever remembered as a fantastic person. Stay strong and I know we will all always keep Blake's memory close to our hearts.
October 19, 2006
a true hero...
October 19, 2006
Heather, Reid, Ryan, family and closest friends,
My heart and deepest sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. I have known Blake since Oxford-On-Rideau Public School. He is a wonderfull person who's great personality and sence of humour stand out and will never be forgotten. Blake you have touched the lives of many and are a true hero to us all. I am proud of you for fighting for our country and what you believe in, to help make this world a better place! On Rememberance Day this year and for the rest of my life, I will always remember your heroism, bravery and the sacrifices you have made for our country. I am proud to have known you and you are a true hero to me!! You are loved and never forgotten! Rest in peace, Blake!!
October 19, 2006
Blake was a strong and confident person who had such intense personality.He is now a canadian hero and will always be rememered for his courage. Reid,Heather and Ryan, your family has supported me through so much and it saddens me to think of the pain you must be going through. I know you guys are strong and you have so much love from everyone, there are only brighter days to come for all of you!!
Reid I love you girl and I am always here for you 150%!!!!!
Love you Guys
Caiti G.
October 19, 2006
Both of us taught Blake in our grade 9 phys-ed class. We remember him as a student with character and a great sense of humour. His courage and heroism will live on in the minds of our current and future students at North Grenville District High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with Blake's family.
October 19, 2006
I didn't know Blake, but i would still like to tell you how deeply sorry I am for your loss. From what I heard, your brother was an amazing guy and friend. Try and remember all the wonderful times and memories you have and the pain will slowly go away. Celebrate his life. Again Reid, I am so sorry. My deepest sympathy and love goes out to you and your family.
October 19, 2006

You are an amazing person that I had the honour of knowing and have very fond memories of. Your smile and laughter always had a way of lighting up the room. You had a very strong character; always saying what was on your mind and always standing up for what you believed in. Your wity humour was attributed to your intelligence, you never ceased to amaze me. I will always have a place for you in my heart. My thoughts and love go to out your family in this time of sadness.

October 19, 2006
To the Williamson family. My deepest sympathies goes out to you and all those who have loved Blake. He showed amazing courage and everyone who knew him can say they are proud. Its been years since I've seen Blake but he was an great person and I am glad that I had the chance to know him. Rest in peace.
October 19, 2006
I first met Blake when I was in grade 9. He was my student teacher for english class. He always had a smile and joked around and he was always there for help when I needed it. I got to know him more and more as I started hanging out with Kaleb and Brian and played in the band. I can remember everytime he would say "good job" after shows and follow his compliment with a witty little insult. Always followed with his witty insults. For some reason it never bothered me. It's what friends do. I knew he wasn't being hurtful. He never was hurtful to anyone. He was older, bigger and cooler than me so there was nothing I could do about it anyways.

When I heard the news report of Blake's death on the radio, I didn't understand. I kept saying to myself that it's a different Blake Williamson. It couldn't be Blake Williamson from Kemptville. The Blake Williamson I knew. The Blake Williamson everyone from Kemptville knew. I became breathless when I read the whole story. My eyes teared up, my body froze and I couldn't move. All I could think about was how cheery Blake was and how admired he was by everyone.

I wish (as I'm sure everyone is) that I could go back one day to make one change so he would be able to return home. Just for one more burn.

I'll never forget you Blake. I am going to miss you.
October 19, 2006

We have been going though a lot of digital pictures because Paige has moved west. When I got home and was watching the news the other morning I couldn't believe what I saw. When you and Mike where here two years ago and we talked, you guys where just heading out for your first tour. I remenber Mike telling me I was JUST like his Mom, her name is Pam also, and I was always trying to get youy guys to eat something...anything. Well as expected, your sister (Reid) contacted us, and as always was eager for one of Don's (Dad's) breakfasts, he did her proud as you could expect.

Bye the way...We gave the printed copies of you an Mike to Reid, she loved them...happier times.

It's nothing compared to what you and your fellow comrades do for us on a daily basis, I want you all to know how honored I am to be a Canadian, I know you are all as well. Keep Blake's spirit alive, I understand from Reid and a lot of other locals how he made them laugh,

Please take care, Mike a special note, know that "the other Mom" is watching over you too. Watch each others'back guys. If you are in "the area", please let us know, we'd love to have you over for the weekend. To have something as close to home as you can get sometimes is better than onthing at all. (I'm sure your Mom and Dad would agree)

Heather, Reid, Ryan,

I can't even begin to express the loss you must be feeling, just know that we are here, give us a phone call away. Please keep in touch. As they say strenght in numbers, as our troups.....we stand UNTIED.

God rest Blake...we'll miss you, but we will NEVER forget.


Pam, Duck, Paige and Lauren MILLER
Kemptville, ONT
October 19, 2006
what can I say that hasn't already been said? To the whole Williamson family, friends that I know and the ones I don't I am so sorry...he was a great friend.

Blake, there's a new star in the sky tonight and I know that it is you...there to watch over us. You are now our angel and one day we will all meet again, until then you will always be in our hearts and in our minds. What you gave for what you believed in was so completely selfless and for that you are a HERO. Now You are forever timeless in all enternity, you will never be forgotten.
You were a great friend I couldn't have asked for more.....till we meet again love and rest in peace.
October 19, 2006
our soldiers are truly modern day heroes, with the greatest courage of all!
October 19, 2006
My heart was very saddened when I heard the unexpected news of Blake's passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. We all should be so proud to have known such a great individual who was so dedicated to his country. Having shared many high school classes with Blake, I will never forget Blake's smile, witty humor and his genuine character. Blake you will be missed by many and never forgotten. Thank you for sacrificing your life for us, you will always be remembered as a true hero. You will always be in my thoughts and on Remembrance Day every year we will celebrate your heroism.

Rest in Peace Blake.
October 19, 2006
I would like to send our deepest sympathy for the loss of Pte. Blake Williamson, to family and friends. He was a brave young man and a true soldier in a time of great unrest.
October 19, 2006
To the Williamson family...Blake's passing has had an enormous impact on the entire community of Kemptville and ripples throughout Canada. The outpouring of love and sorrow at your loss speaks volumes for the person Blake was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Blake will always be remembered in our hearts for his ultimate sacrifice, as will your family.
October 19, 2006
God Bless you Blake
Rest in peace..
October 19, 2006
There were no words to describe how i felt when i recieved the news, we lost someone who meant so much to us far too young, Blake you will always be remembered as a HERO and a person with so much courage and love. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family stay strong and hold your heads up high. Ryan i love you so much ur my best friend and im never gonna leave your side.
October 19, 2006
Heather, Reid, and Ryan.
I was deeply saddened when my mother Lil called to tell me about Blake. Please know that our family is with you in spirit during these difficult times. We hope that you will continue to keep in touch with our side of the family for many years to come.
October 19, 2006
I am thankful for the opportunity to have known Blake. He was a student I have always remembered.
October 19, 2006
To Blakes family and friends.....

Although we didn't know Blake or his family, his death has touched us all.
Take comfort in the wonderful memories you will always have of him and know that you now have your own angel to watch over you.

"What the caterpillar sees as the end of life, The Master sees a butterfly"
October 19, 2006
All our prayers are with you.
October 19, 2006
Blake, Thank you for making a difference in the world and in my life.

To the Williamson's
May God bless you at this time of sorrow.
October 19, 2006
I am so sad to hear the loss of Blake, and my heart goes out to the Williamson family, Blake left a lasting immpression on everyone he met i am sure of that! Thank you for your courage Blake!
October 19, 2006
To the Williamson family,

Please know that it is with pride and admiration that Blake will be remembered. His genuine character and eagerness to give of himself to help others will forever be used as an example to young people in my classes. You have my sincerest condolences.
October 19, 2006
To the Williamson Family.
We did not know your son, but we have a deep sadness within us at your loss. We are very proud of Blake and greatfull to the military as a whole for what they are doing for us.
May God grant you his peace at this most difficult time.
May He grant us all His peace.
October 19, 2006
I did not know Blake or any of his loved ones. Know that we will never forget what he and you have sacrificed for our freedom and safety.
October 19, 2006
Heather, I am so sorry for your loss, when Ryan told me he was sad and I want you to know my prayers are with you. I am Ryan Berube mom Cindy, met Blake a couple of times when he was at the house seeing the boys, David, Shawn, and Ryan. God bless your family during this sad time.
October 19, 2006
Dearest Heather,
I cannot imagine the pain you and your family are living from the lost of Blake. No words could ever express how deeply sorry I am to have learned of such absolute tragedy in your lives.

Heather, you have raised Blake to be wonderful young adult with such great values and honour. You have taught him to follow what he believed in and commit his life to it. He learned from you that everyone makes a different and Blake did to all of us. You have been a mother to him, a friend, a role model and more importantly always supported him in every decision and that gave him the will and the courage. Blake knew that, Blake felt that love from you. He will forever remain your angel.
October 19, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan

There are few words of comfort to help you at this time. May this sad event strengthen your love of mankind and to know that Blake was doing his part to ensure peace for us all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
October 19, 2006
October 19, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan and family

There are few words of comfort to help you at this time. May this sad event strengthen your love for mankind and the knowledge that Blake was doing his part to ensure peace for us all. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
October 19, 2006
To the williamson family,yous are in my thoughts and prayers,God took your son home,it was his will, but in everyones heart he lives on still,,God bless yous and keep yous strong ,,Thank-you Blake for being so brave,may you rest in peace,god bless you.
October 19, 2006
Our condolences to the Williamson family in the loss of a beloved Son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Les(Retired MWO),& Ria Cooper (Ottawa)
October 19, 2006
my heart is with your family and i hope we can learn from what Blake was doing for our country. I've known Blake since 1992 and everyday he was around there was always someone laughing. He had a big heart like his mom and he always did what he thought was right. He will be missed always.
October 19, 2006
To Blake for his courage and dedication to the good of mankind - We did not know you personally but we thank you.

Serving in Afghanistan to bring peace to others and giving his own life we hope he is now resting in peace knowing that it is because of men and women like him that we here in Canada know the kind of freedom we are fortunate enough to experience everyday.
God Bless.
October 19, 2006
Heather,I am so sorry. This is such a big loss. I remember when he joined and you were so proud and happy because he loved it so much. My heart goes out to you.
October 19, 2006
Dear Heather, Reid & Ryan

"A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." Blake rose above the ordinary to show distinction of a valiant, compassionate man. He lived his role of being a champion with high regard to advance humanity in a foreign civilization. His gallant sacrifice, of giving his human life, so others might prosper is a testament and attribute to his aspiration of being altruistic. His spirit will always remain close in our hearts as a shinig star from heaven for us to admire from afar.
October 19, 2006
I did not know you - I wish I had -I would have told you that you have wings. I could never repay you except to welcome you back into the arms of your country who loves you and is so proud.

Sleep well sweet prince.
October 19, 2006
Heather, Gary, Reid & Ryan

My sincere condolences to each of you. Words can not express all the feelings, but I know that Blake was serving his country with pride and we are all very proud of him.

October 19, 2006
Thank you for your courage! May you rest in peace!
October 19, 2006
Dear Williamsons Family,
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.
I salute him for his service to serve in the military.
Thoughts and prayer are with the family during this time.
May he R.I.P.
October 19, 2006
From the wife of a former Canadian soldier, I add my prayers to the many others that you are now being surrounded with. May God hold your heart as you mourn.
October 19, 2006
I am so very sorry for your loss
October 19, 2006
Although i didnt know your brother, my heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.
October 19, 2006
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
October 18, 2006
With heartfelt sympathy and prayers, I united with each of you in this difficult, painful loss. With Canadian PRIDE I ponder each one's courage to let him go. Thank You for Y O U R GREAT sacrifices too. May they produce the return of freedoms to Afghanistan and displace fears with PEACE- at home in Canada & other nations. THANK YOU!
May you find supportative love in family and friends and God's Holy Spirit as your Comforter and Sustainer. (2Cor.1:4ff) (Ps.27)
RA Sullivan Edmonton, AB
October 18, 2006
To the Williamson family, we would like to express our deepest sympathy. We did not know Blake but we heard of him and his bravery, heard of his desire to make earth a better place to live and how much of a great person he was. Neil our prayers are with you in these very difficult moments. We know your sorrow is tremendous. Know, that all your friends are here for you to help you through the pain. He made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country. He is a hero. May he rest in peace. God bless.
October 18, 2006
To the williamson family. Our deepest sympathy to you. We will keep Blake and your family in our prayers. Blake has made the ultimate sacrifice not only for his country but the world. God bless him.
October 18, 2006
Dear Heather, Reid & Ryan

We did not have the priviledge of meeting Blake but did get to know and love Reid through our son Ryan. Ryan often spoke of Reid's brother Blake and what great guy he was.

Heather whenever we met up with you and Reid in Kemptville (usually shopping) you always had a big smile & hello for us. From what we have heard Blake had the same warmth & smile.

I'm sorry we never had the opportunity to meet Blake. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time.


Gail & Rick Panchuk
October 18, 2006
Blake you will be missed. You were funny nice and a great person, you were loved by all. Rest in peace. You will always be remembered
October 18, 2006
Blake was great friend to so many people and will be greatly missed. He was the kind of person that could make you smile no matter what. Blake's memory will be remembered forever. My condolenses go out to the Williamson Family. Blake, thank you for your courage and bravery in fighting for our country.
October 18, 2006
To the Williamsons
My deepest condolences. Images of Blake flashed in my mind when I heard the news- I remember him in the hallways of NG surround by a crowd of friends, at parties with a beer in hand making people laugh with his dry humor… I remember running into Reid and hearing her proudly update me on Blake’s latest whereabouts. Blake touched many people lives and he will always hold a place in their hearts. I admire his bravery, and his selflessness. Blake was a wonderful person and his sacrifice will be remembered always.
October 18, 2006
I met Blake through my brother, and because of his kind heart, warm spirit and absolutely hilarious jokes, he quickly became someone I called MY friend. It hurts us all who knew him to think that he is gone, but at the same time we are proud that we had the chance to call him our friend.

Blake, we love you and will never forget you. Our hearts are with your family at this tragic time.
October 18, 2006
Blake "Willy" i miss you little buddy. What can i say, we laughed so much on the last tour in Afghanistan. I wish i could have been there with you pal. I was really looking forward to hanging out in February. I will never forget you, and i'm a better person because i knew you. I'm a mess, it doesn't seem real. It doesn't seem fair. Well, the next time we meet have a cold beer waiting for me and we'll watch "Anchor Man" again.
Pro Patria
October 18, 2006
As the mother of a soldier that will be going to Afganistan very soon, can understand the pain of your loss.He left doing what he enjoyed, now he will watch over you and his buddies that are still there
October 18, 2006
Blake was the type of person anyone could look up to. I can't express how much respect i have for what he did in life, and I feel like a better person for having known him.
October 18, 2006
Heather,Reid & Ryan;
My thoughts are with you all as you go through a difficult time.Blake will continue to live in everyone's heart he touched because memories are never forgotten and always live on.
R.I.P. Blake
October 18, 2006
sorry for your loss he was one brave soldier to fight for freedom for his country ,and I honour that god bless.
October 18, 2006
I do not even know where to start...Blake you were an amazing friend to me for so long. I have so many great memories of you. You always knew how to brighten up a room. That laugh of yours will be remembered by me and I'm sure to others forever. I am deeply greatful that you were apart of my life, and I will never forget you....THANK YOU

Heather, Reid and Ryan, your son/brother is truly a hero and will be missed by are all in my thoughts
October 18, 2006
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that I would never again get to talk to the once new boy from Ottawa who sat in front of me in grade 5. It has been unreal over the last few days of how many things remind me of times we shared; on the bus, in class, on the baseball field, volleyball and basketball court, in drivers-ed, and on the canoe trip, where the two of us went as leaders. We had a good chance to catch up on what was going on in our lives and he was very excited about his future, and very proud of his family. Ryan, Reid, and Heather you have my deepest sympathies. Blake, rest well, and thank you for honoring a country I am so proud of, you did what I could never do. See you in the future, where we can once again catch up.
October 18, 2006
I am at a loss for words, but I will do my best to put into words how I feel. For a few years Blake lived on my street. Reid and my brother Ben, used to play together, and Blake would walk down to our house to get his sister when it was time for her to go home.

Eventhough we were kids, I remember Blake being kind, and caring.

To Blake's family, he will be sadly missed, and fondly remembered. Blake had a level of bravery that most of us could only imagine reaching. May you always carry him in your hearts, as we will in ours.
October 18, 2006
Heather and family: I know how very proud you were of your brave son. May he rest in peace, his sacrifice will not be forgotten.
October 18, 2006
I’m sure you have heard all sorts of sympathy wishes from all that loved Blake. I’m not sure what I could say that would be different, but I will write the one thing I think of when I hear his name. Although I never knew him well, I remember how Kemptville thought of him, he was a hero the day he joined the military. When he would come home on leave, everyone talked about Blake, ‘did you know he’s back in town’, everyone talked about the local boy who was off fighting for our country. Know everyone has something else to talk about, a legend. Blake you did well, now my you rest in peace.

My love and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
October 18, 2006
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
October 18, 2006
Blake, I cannot thank you enough for your ultimate sacrifice. I only wish that I had taken the opportunity to get to know such an honourable and courageous man better while we were in school. To his family and friends, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. And to Blake’s fellow soldiers, I offer you my gratitude, respect and support.

God Bless
October 18, 2006
My prayers go out to the Williamson Family and to Blake. I went to NDGHS with him and as I remember him he was quite the character, whom was very nice and obviously very brave. Here at CFB Halifax Stadacona we held a moment of silence for Pte.Williamson and his comrade...God Bless you Blake!
October 18, 2006
To the Williamson Family

I had the pleasure of meeting Blake a few years back through a number of his best friends in Kemptville. I couldn't get over his personality and how he managed to stand out in a room full of people. The people that he touched through out his life here in the Ottawa region and the countless numbers he has touched overseas through his duties, they are better for it.

You will be missed, but you will not be forgotten.
October 18, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 18, 2006
My sincerest condolences to the Williamson family for this tremendous loss.
October 18, 2006
To the family of Blake Williamson I truly am sorry for you loss and I give my deepest condolences, may you find peace in your current sorrow.

I met Blake at NGDS in kemptville as I believe many people did. I wish I had taken the opportunity to have gotten to know him better as he was a stand up guy. He was always friendly and outgoing. He always stood up for what he believed in. I am truly grateful and proud to have known him. You are a hero to all Blake, and thank you for that!
October 18, 2006
For rememberance day in our school this year, we have a lot to remember. A lot that has happened in the past weeks that needs to be known. Each student in our class was assigned a person, to find their picture and frame it, and recite their eulogy during an assembly. My person is Blake. Although I may not have known him, I feel a connection as if I did. It might not be right for me to sign this guest book, but I send out my condolences to his family and friends, and want you to know that Blake Williamson will be remembered; by those who knew him, but also by those who did not.
October 18, 2006
Words alone cannot express my sadness and sympathy for the loss of Blake, and my heart goes out to Ryan and his family in this difficult time.
It’s hard to understand how a tragedy like this happens to such a good person, but we'll remember and rejoice in all of the good times shared with you... and try to believe that everything happens for a reason.
We’re proud of you, Blake. You will be missed by so many. Bye for now…
October 18, 2006
My life has been changed in such a positive way since being friends with you.
I am so grateful for the memories we have created together and with all of our friends.
Can't wait to see you a better place..and if it's cool with Ducky and Kaleb I might get in on those beers too :)
Love you always..
Heather, Reid and Ryan..may you find Peace at this time and always.
God Bless

"Paradise at the end of our days!"

October 18, 2006
A few years ago on Christmas Day, Blake entered our home with a warm friendly smile and handed me a bottle of red wine,expressing holiday greetings to our family. We enjoyed that wonderful wine on New Years Eve that year. I searched fervently to find another, but could not. Blake was a kind,brave, and caring individual, and like that vintage, we will never find another like him, however his memory will remain. May God Bless you in your time of loss, and give you peace.
October 18, 2006
My sincere condolences go out to the family of Pte. Blake Williamson. I hope that soon you will be able to move on and smile and think back on the days of happiness you all shared. Tears will eventually fade away and all that will be left are happy memories.
October 18, 2006
Our prayers are with you in this time of loss. Know that a Canadian Hero left today.
October 18, 2006
To the Williamson Family:
Our hearts stopped when we heard the news about Blake. A very brave, honourable and encouraging young man will be missed throughout the town. We send our deepest condolenses and love to the family and friends.
Don't ever forget what he has done for us. His memory will live on.
October 18, 2006
How truly blessed we all are for having an opportunity to have known such a wonderful person as Blake! He is remembered not only as a great friend who could put that smile on your face, but as a real hero. He made the ultimate sacrifice and stood up for what he believed in. Blake without a doubt, will me missed and remembered. Let us take the time to mourn the absence of his flame, but also to celebrate how brightly he glowed!
October 18, 2006
So much love goes out to Heather, Ryan and Reid. Blake was a hilarious guy, one who tried his best to teach me the essence of 'the one liner', which i still don't grasp.
He was an awesome guy, one who will be truly missed. So much love goes out to him and all that knew him. Words cannot express his loss . .
WE should all be proud.
Kaja Tirrul.
October 17, 2006
I was watching the news yesterday when all of a sudden a picture of Blake appeared on the screen. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it, nor did I want to believe what the news anchor was saying. I am so deeply saddened by this tragic loss. I've known Blake since elementary school and played Volleyball with him in high school. His smile always made ME smile and I will never forget him. He has made us all proud for being so brave and courageous...I miss you truly are a hero and will never be forgotten. To Blake's family, my deepest condolences go out to you. May you find comfort in knowing Blake has found peace.
October 17, 2006
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. So many people knew you, respected you, and will always remember you.So thank you for all you have done.
October 17, 2006
Heather and Family - I didn't know Blake personally but through my daughter Kate, I realize he was one of the many great "kids" from small town Kemptville. As we lay to rest a fellow hero here in London, our trees are trimmed with yellow ribbons in memory and now, as I travel my daily journey I will remember your son and brother who has shown the enormous impact one life can have on the world.
My heartfelt sympathy to you all,
October 17, 2006
I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the Williamson family.
I came to know Blake first through my brother, and later through my own friends and by being on the volleyball team. He was one of the few friends I've known who was always able to relieve any tensions with an innate and genuinely positive energy. He will remain always in my memory as a great friend with an infectious sense of humour; I, everyone I know, Kemptville and indeed Canada have suffered a great and a terrible loss.
October 17, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 17, 2006
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
October 17, 2006
Blake, you made the ultimate sacrifice and have ultimate respect from everyone. You touched so many lives not only in our small town, but the country and the rest of the world. Your family should be so proud for raising such an amazing, brave young man!
You were a small town boy and big time hero, thank you!
October 17, 2006
Heather,Reid & Ryan,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.May you find comfort in Blake's bravery and your many memories.Remember we are always here for you.Love,Harry & Sheila
October 17, 2006
I will always remember you as a true friend. I always admired your witty personality and your great intelligence. You always stuck up for what you thought was right, such a respectable trait. You are a hero and an inspiration to everyone. I feel honoured to have had you in my life.
Heather, Reid, and Ryan my heart goes out to you during this difficult time.
October 17, 2006
I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Blake. I had known him since public school and share many wonderful memories with him. Blake was such an intelligent, charming, and supportive person to be around. I have to believe that he is now in a good place, and we will one day meet again.

Blake you truly are my Hero.

Please know that our thoughts are with all his family and friends during this difficult time.

Jen,Joel,Linda and family
October 17, 2006
It takes a strong and noble person to put his life on the line for what he truly believes. Blake will be remembered not only for his courage and service, but for being a brother, son and treasured friend to many in Kemptville and beyond. Thank you Blake, we'll miss you.
October 17, 2006
The Williamson Family,
As you share your stories and memories of how Blake lived his life and how much he meant to you and so many others, may you find comfort and peace throughout this difficult time. Our deep sympathy and concern are felt for you and all your family.
October 17, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan,

Our deepest sympathies. So many great memories come to mind when I think back of the boys growing up. Blake was a terrific young man, a loyal son, brother and friend and dedicated soldier. He will be missed.

Shane, Kim, Ryan, Sheena and Kegan McEwen
October 17, 2006
"The human spirit knows, deep down, that all lives intersect. That death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed." R.I.P. Blake
October 17, 2006
I would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Pte. Blake Williamson. Our son had the opportunity to serve with Blake in Afghanistan, Pte. Jason Royer. Blake and Jason were also roommates in Petawawa. Our family is also greiving the loss of Blake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
October 17, 2006
Blake, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. You will always be remembered as an honourable and courageous man. You are a real hero to me and countless other people. Knowing that others like you are still out there fighting to make this world a better place, restores my faith in the possibility that one day there will be no more fighting. Blake, I wish that I had taken the opportunity to get to know you better while we were in school.

To all our brave soldiers, ... you have my respect and support.

God Bless you all.
October 17, 2006
Thank you for making a difference to the world. Thank you for your courage and for your bravery.
October 17, 2006
The Williamsons are in all 10 of our hearts. Heather, Blake, Ryan and Reid -- we love you so much!
October 17, 2006
I am not cognisant of a word that can express the sense of tragedy with such a loss. May he find the peace that he died trying to bring to others.
October 17, 2006
Blake was my best friend, bro, and cousin. We were together literally everyday for a real long time, and always will be. "Frick and Frack" or "mutt and jeff" as my mom always called us, we made a good team, and will again someday. I'll never meet a more stand up dude, and never forget ALL of our memories we have together. Ryan, Reid and Heather, we're family and i'm with you through all of this, offering everything i can. I'm glad i can say i grew up with a real hero, and watched him become the amazing person he was, first hand. Words cant describe my emptiness, but memories will prevail. Theres just so many...
You know how they say "those were the days...", well "those" days were with Blake, and i'm as thankful as i am honoured.
October 17, 2006
Your tragic passing brings the conflict in Afghanistan so much closer to us all, and your service and sacrifice are a sobering inspiration.
October 17, 2006
Blake I have to admit your name didn't cross my mind in years but it really hit close to home when I found out you had been killed in Afganistan. You were a genuinly nice guy and you turned into a great man. my prayers are with you and your family.
October 17, 2006
Heather, Reid, Ryan

I am terribly sorry for your loss
I know that words could never capture the essence of the emotions you feel right now
Grief is simply too small a concept to describe what has been brought upon your family and our community, this great absence we now feel in our lives

The same can be said for the concept of innocence, his life was taken far too early; it is amazing to comprehend the end of a life taken at such a young age

I like to believe that we all have a purpose in life, and though it is hard to believe that Blake’s was already fulfilled we have to look onward; and it is in the wake of this that we have to remember him for who he was, and ask ourselves why are we still here?

At the very least we can be somewhat, if only mildly comforted by the fact that Blake died honourably, serving his country, he left us in a tradition as old as time itself, to the tune passed down to us through the generations before.

He died trying to make the world a better place for all of us to live, and in our own ways is that not really why we are here?

I’ll miss you my friend, whenever we met you always had a smile on your face, as sure I am you will when next we meet. You will be greatly missed by all.
October 17, 2006
Blake, you have made a sacrifice that we all thank you for. I know we all remember you well, and will miss you.
October 17, 2006
From Mrs. Creighton and her grade 7 and 8 classes at St. Mark H.S. our prayers go out to you and yours.
October 17, 2006
I'd like to express my deepest condolences to all who knew Blake. He was a wonderful person and he touched so many of our lives. Blake will be missed not just by a few but by a community.
On November 11, as we all bow our heads in pray of those who have made the supreme sacrifice, Blake will be first and foremost in all of our minds. Thank you Blake for your sacrifice, you will be remembered as a hero by all of us.
October 17, 2006
My heart goes out to the Williamson family, they have lost a hero. Be it through baseball or life itself, he was always a man to admire. He has done more in such a short life than many will ever do. A small town will be forever proud. R.I.P. Blake.
October 17, 2006
Heather, Reid & Ryan,

My deepest sympathies for your loss. Blake was an amazing person. He was always there to support his family and friends, always knew the right thing to say in any situation, could cheer you up on your worst day and always knew how to make a room laugh. He was a brave and honourable person. Blake was a great friend for many years and although we were not as close in more recent years, he will always hold a special place in my heart. There are so many wonderful memories and many, many laughs! He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family in this most difficult time.
October 17, 2006
Although I did not know Blake personally the impressions I have received from his mother, sister, friends, and his smile were all of someone who enjoyed living his life. I do remember he did an amazing job at making people smile and laugh at school and, I am sure outside of school. From my understanding, he lived his life with purpose and personality. Heather- you should be proud you raised such a noble son, and that he received many of the amazing attributes I have seen in you. Reid and Ryan- I cannot understand your grief, and I do not know you very well but to call a wonderful, vibrant, caring, hero your brother is something to be proud of.

Thank you Blake for leaving a positive impression on so many lives, my family’s thoughts are with you and your family.

October 17, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan,
My deepest sympathies for your loss. Heather, every day I saw you, you shared a story of Blake so filled with pride - keep those stories coming. You raised a wonderful son who will be missed dearly. I send my warmest wishes to you and your family.
October 17, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan...
I couldn't believe my eyes when I read in the paper that Blake is gone. I'll never forget the good times I had with him during our childhood and the impact Blake and the rest of your family had on my life. From playing baseball in the summers to just hanging out with him at school, Blake was always there to share a laugh. He was more than just a friend though, he is a hero and his life will be remembered as such.He will be missed by all and I wish you all the best during this trying time.
October 17, 2006
We are in awe of your courage and strength. There are no words to express our gratitude for the sacrifice you made. You are a true hero and we are so lucky to have known you.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Williamson family, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
October 17, 2006
To the Williamsons, my heart goes out to you at this difficult time. I didn't have to know Blake well to know that he was an exceptional young man and he will not be forgotten, a true hero is never forgotten. A small town, and a whole country will remember him for all he has done.
October 17, 2006
Step forward now my warrior
You've born your burdens well
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets
You've done your time in hell!

RIP Brothers
October 17, 2006
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Williamson family. Blake was a wonderful person and touched everyone that he met, and I'm glad I had the chance to know him. He will be remembered for his bravery and outstanding courage. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. Blake will be missed by all.
October 17, 2006
I’d like to extend my deepest sympathy to all of Blake’s family and friends. In school Blake always smiled and always managed to keep the faces around him lit up as well. He never judged and treated everyone equally with dignity and respect. It's sad to lose a young man with such great attributes. Let his passing remind all of us how lucky we are to be here and to cherish ourselves and the ones who surround us. Blake will be sadly missed by many but remember he left a hero and let his name live on.
October 17, 2006
The Williamson Family,
I can only imagine the number of people Blake has touched throughout his life. On the other hand I can say with cetainty that the people he did come into contact with can not deny the never ending laughter and utter hilarity that he had to offer at any given moment. I am so glad to have had the chance to get to know him. He will never be forgotten.
Much Love
October 16, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan,
My heart stopped when i heard the news of Blake's death. How could someone so young with so much more living to do, die. Blake was a wonderful human being who always put a smile on your face. I remember when my brother and him played baseball together...Blake was the skinny kid with the big smile. Years later in highschool he still had that trade mark smile, but he had grown an extra foot and became a great 'middle' on the volleyball court. I have so many great memories of Blake playing volleyball, and just in general. He was a very special individual. Blake will never be forgotten. He had great passion for what he was doing, and will always be remembered as a hero. Heather - you did an amazing job raising your son. He was a role modle to all. Reid and Ryan - Hang in there, and remember your brother for what he was: a great brother, a great friend and a hero.
Forever in my heart and prayers. Thank you Blake for being you!
October 16, 2006
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the news this evening...Blake Williamson the charming boy I went to elementary school with in Ottawa(before he moved to Kemptville)was taken from this earth so tragically... My heart goes out to his mom and sister. I remember him being such a polite, sweet, and kind boy. He was my first crush, and I always wondered what had happened to that kind little boy from Riverview...he grew up to be a brave handsome man who went to fight for our freedom, he will be in my prayers as well as his family. Rest In Peace Blake you have made our country proud. The fond memories of our younger days will live on...
October 16, 2006
Heather, Reid, and Ryan,

Although it has been many years since our paths have crossed, I have nothing but fond memories of Blake. He was a kind and caring sole that could brighten up anyone’s day. My heart goes out to you all in this time of sadness. Our times shared together will always be held in a special place within my heart. Blake’s sacrifice will never be forgotten. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he has touched.
October 16, 2006
To Blake's family
Thanks for raising a hero that all the people of Kemptville and Canada can be proud of.
October 16, 2006
Blake you were the definition of a true friend to all your friends. You always knew how to make everyone laugh!!

Heather, Reid & Ryan my deepest sympathies I love you all.

Blake you were are hero, you will be missed greatly and will always be loved by all of us.
October 16, 2006
Words cannot comfort at a time of such great loss, but our hearts go out to you. We thank you for all that Blake has sacrificed in the name of peace and freedom for our country. He will not be forgotten.
Our deepest sympathies,
October 16, 2006
My thoughts and prayers go out to Blake's family and those that knew him. He is a true hero, and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace Blake.
October 16, 2006
To the family and friends of Blake Williamson. We express our deepest sympathy to you all and may God bless.
October 16, 2006
Heather, Ryan & Reid;
Your son/brother is a true hero; his life honoured and he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and forever. RIP Blake!
October 16, 2006
I never knew Blake but I got the chance to meet alot of his friends at school. When i saw all of their reaction to his death I knew that he must of been an amazing guy and he meant so much too so many people He put his life on the line to make this world a better place, which many people will never do. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends..Rest in peace Blake
October 16, 2006
Heather, Ryan and Reid,
It is so hard to believe what has happened in the last few days. Blake was a wonderful person, and will be remembered by so many. It is an honor to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in Peace Blake.
October 16, 2006
Blake, I'd just like to say thank-you sooo much for everything you have done to keep our freedom safe. I didn't know you all that well, but being from small town Kemptville, you become close with the people you go to school with in a special way. What I did know of you was that you were always smiling and everyone's friend. You brought a light to North Grenville D.H.S. that can never be replaced. You will be greatly missed and your sacrifice means the world to us all. My thoughts and sympathies go out to your family and all of your friends who miss you greatly.
October 16, 2006
Heather, Ryan and Reid,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this hard time. Blake was a brave and honourable man and he will be greatly missed.
October 16, 2006
God I miss you made us all see what real courage looks like and Im proud to say I know a real hero. You are the truest of friends, and Im so thankful for the time and memories I was fortunate enough to share with you. Just so you know bro, Reid and Ryan are just as tough as you are right now and they'd make you proud (the rest of us would be a little embarassing). Anyways dude, I'll be talking to you soon, and next time we meet up, Kaleb and I are bringing the beers. I love you bro.
October 16, 2006
Thank you Blake for your bravery and your commitment to Canadians.
October 16, 2006
Blake left a lasting impression on all of us. He was never afraid to stand up for what he believed or to say what was on his mind. He was always helpful and the sensible one. I am so sorry for your loss.
October 16, 2006
I will always remember Blake as the kid who loved to help prank at camp. I know his family and friends will miss him so much. From all of us at RHC we will miss you and you will never be forgoten. Rest in Peace
October 16, 2006
For as long as I have known all the Williamsons, you have all been such a strong family, and I know you will all pull through this to be even stronger. Blake will never be forgotten as he will live on in the memory of every one of us kemptville kids having touched everyone of us in a different way. Blake was a hero to many of us younger kids that hung out with him and he will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathies are with all of you through such a tragic time.
love mike paul
October 16, 2006
Blake you made our group of friends proud, you were always a role model, an older brother, and most of all a friend. We were always so excited when you were back on vacation or leave. coffees at the five star, parties at your house, driving around in gregs car...We will all take care of your little brother, who we love just as much. Its too soon to see you go, but I am proud of your accomplishments and bravery.
We will miss you so much!
October 16, 2006
Heartfelt condolences to Ryan , Heather and Reid from one of Blake's elementary school teachers. I do remember the enchanting smile and his desire to do good. He is fondly remembered.
October 16, 2006
Reid and Ryan,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both in this difficult time.
All our love and support.
October 16, 2006
My sympathy goes out to everyone that knew Blake. Many prayers to the Williamson family, and friends of Blake.
October 16, 2006
Heather, Reid & Ryan,
It is with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts we think of you and tell you how truly sorry we are at the sacrifice Blake has made for all of us. We have so many, many memories of Blake, which we will visit often.
Just know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Steven, Heather, Ashley & Joshua (Gray)
October 16, 2006
Heartfelt condolences to the family of Blake from another military family in the neighbourhood. Love and comfort to you.
October 16, 2006
Heather, Reid and Ryan,
A million memories race through my mind of our two families together on so many occassions. When I close my eyes, I see Blake at so many stages of his young life, but always with a smile.
Wishing there was some way we could ease the pain and sorrow but know that you are loved and that you are in our thoughts and prayers .We will remember him with love and pride.
From my family to yours with deepest sympathy
Gloria, Courtney, Jon, Josh and Jamie
October 16, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to Blakes family and close friends. Blake's a braver and more honorable man then most. He will be greatly missed.
October 16, 2006
My heart goes out to every life that Blake touched. He was a wonderful person, and I'm glad I knew him for as long as I did.

Peace, Blake.
October 16, 2006
Fallen, but never ever forgotten. Rest in peace.
October 16, 2006
I am very sorry for the loss of Blake and I send my deepest sympathies to you and all of his family, friends and comrades. It is still too hard to believe, I got to know him for the last couple of years, and he was truly a special person. Be proud of everything thing he has done and accomplished. I thanked Blake all the time for doing what he did, and I thank you for raising such an admirable son. He was a joy to know and I, like all, will miss him greatly. My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time.
October 16, 2006
I'd like to express my deepest condolences to all who knew Blake. He was a wonderful person and he touched so many of our lives. Blake will be missed not just by a few but by a community. A community which grew and learned together, laughed and cried together.
On November 11, as we all bow our heads in pray of those who have made the supreme sacrifice, Blake will be first and foremost in all of our minds. Thank you Blake for your sacrifice, you will be remembered as a hero by all of us.

“When he shall die
Take him and cut him out in little stars
And he will make the face of heav'n so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
October 16, 2006
My deepest sympathies go out to Blake's family, loved ones and close friends.
While Blake and I weren't really friends I knew him in high school and it's true as they say he could always make a class room laugh.
October 16, 2006
Hereafter when we pin on our poppies for remeberance day it will take on new meaning for us. Our hearts ache for Blake's family and friends. "Blake, we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you have made."
October 16, 2006
I’d like to extend my deepest sympathy to all of Blake’s family. What a wonderful person this world has lost. He will be remembered for his outstanding courage, bravery and sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Rest in peace Blake, you are missed dearly.
October 16, 2006
Lest we forget.

Prayers in my heart for you and yours.
October 16, 2006
We will remember your sacrifice. Our thoughts are with you in your time of loss.
October 16, 2006
My sympathies to the family of a brave man working for a better future in the world.
October 16, 2006
Blake you will never be forgotten, you were always a good friend with a sharp sense of wit, never failing to make me laugh. You were a very bright man, and we have truly lost a good person. Your memory will live on, rest in peace my friend.
October 15, 2006
I send my deepest sympathy to Blake's family. I grew up knowing Blake and his captivating personality. His big smile always brightened the school hallways. He will be sorrowly missed by myself and all who knew him.
October 15, 2006
Pte. Blake Williamson
For doing what most, would not do.
You are the "Pride Of Canada"
My deepest sympathy to your entire Family & Friends.
So sorry for your loss.
October 15, 2006
My prayers are with the friends and family of this brave soldier. Blake you will be missed by all.
October 15, 2006
Blake made a lasting impression to the people he met. We will never forget. Rest in Peace.
October 15, 2006
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Blake's family and friends. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.
October 15, 2006
My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. Young Blake is a hero to all Canadians, and as such, he will never be forgotten.
October 15, 2006
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006

October 15, 2006
My deepest sympathies go to your family and friends. As the brother of Cpl. Randy Payne who was killed in Afghanistan on 22 April 2006, I understand all to well the pain that you are going through right now. I grieve for and with you.

May your fond memories bring you comfort in the trying times ahead, and I hope that you will eventually be able to look back on your precious memories with smiles, rather than tears.
October 15, 2006
I just want you to know that my thoughts are with you. I have many memories of Blake. He always knew how to make me laugh. He was a great friend and a strong and unique individual. One of the most intelligent people I have ever met. He will be missed.
October 15, 2006
To the Williamson Family, I am shocked to hear the news of Blakes passing. Growing up in Kemptville, we all knew eachother...and whether I saw Blake in the halls at school, at the picnic table at Jonsson's or sitting at the Five Star with his buddies, he was always the nice guy with the big smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, as well as all of Kemptville - as this will really hit home...Be proud of him.
October 15, 2006
To the family of Pte. Williamson.. We are so sorry for your loss...Our hearts hurt for you..Please take care of yourselves...From the family of a medic in the Canadian Armed Forces
October 15, 2006
i would like to extend my sympathy to you for losing Blake. he was a vey good friend of mine. Words alone can't convey the feelings i'm trying to get across, but know that I and others are here for you during this trying time. I will be attending his funeral with several of our friends. He was such a great guy! Be proud of him not only because he died overseas, but that he was your son, or brother. Blake was one of my best friends when i was in the army. may god grant him and everyone he has affected peace.
October 15, 2006
Once again this country bands together to remember and recognize a soldiers ultimate sacrifice. Pte Blake Williamson died while serving as a soldier, a profession most noble and fraught with peril, but he did and his loss is one all soldiers past and present will feel and hold close to the heart. His contribution to freedom for others is a statement of the greatness this man reflected in his life. May God be with all who know him and give solace in knowing his loss was not in vain.
God Guard Thee
CMO Frontiersmen
October 15, 2006
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
October 15, 2006
To the Williamson family, We thought of Blake often when our son told us that he was in Afghanistan. My husband and I remember Blake as this scrawny kid with the big smile who hung around our place. He certainly turned into a fine young man. We are both heartbroken by this sad news. Words can never adequately express our sorrow, but we wanted to say that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Blake made the ultimate sacrifice and we will never forget him or the sacrifice that he made. Debbie MacGillivray and Jim Luty (Brian MacGillivray's parents)
October 15, 2006
To the Williamson Family. May you find some serenity in knowing that your son's sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Bless you and Blake.
October 15, 2006
Our prayers and love go out to you!
October 15, 2006
How difficult it must be to lose someone you love so dearly and so young.My prayers are with you all and my heartfelt appreciation for what Blake has done with his young life.It is no easy task to be so dedicated and God loves him.
October 15, 2006
May God bless you and yours in this time of sorrow
October 15, 2006
To the family, friends and military family of Pte. Williamson, we extend our deepest sympathy. May he always he remembered and honoured for his sacrifice.
October 15, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 15, 2006
To the family of Blake Williamson: May you find a small measure of comfort in knowing that Blake died surrounded by his comrades.
October 15, 2006
My most heartful condolences go to the family of this young man who gave all so that the rest of us may live in a more secure world. God Bless.
October 15, 2006
Blake, although I didnt know you, my fiance Pte. Davis had the honour of serving with you in Afghanistan. You have made the ultimate sacrifice, and that will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest in peace.
October 15, 2006
You will not be forgotten!!
October 15, 2006
I am devestated to see one of our finest losing his life in such a way.His courage and sacrifice will never be in vain and I pray that the generations to come will see the fruit borne from such noble Canadians who esteemed the safety and freedom of others more than that of themselves.
God bless you and your family.
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