Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts September 09, 1978 August 09, 2008 Josh was killed in action during a firefight in the Zhari District in Afghanistan. At the time of his death Josh was the commander of a LAV III, a light armored vehicle. He was responsible for the lives of his 9 man crew. This was Josh's second deployment overseas. Josh was promoted to Master Corporal only weeks prior to his death. In 2002-2003 he was sent with the peace keeping reserves to Bosnia. He received the Nato Medal for services on operations in relation to the former Yugoslavia. In 2002 Josh was recognized by the Right Honorable Jean Chretien for dedicated service and contribution to the 2002 Kananaskis G8 Summit. In 1998 Josh received recognition for excellence from his own battle group, The North Saskatchewan Regiment, as Best Second Year Infantryman. Josh knew that he wanted to be a soldier from the time he was a very small boy. In 1996, he joined the Calgary Highlander Reserves at the age of 17, later he returned to Saskatchewan, transferring to the North Saskatchewan Regiment. Josh served with the Regiment until 2006 when he made the commitment to serve with the regular forces. Josh accepted a demotion in rank to serve with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry 2nd Battalion stationed in Shilo, Manitoba. Josh was a natural leader, a soldier's soldier. He lived large and experienced life in a way that other men only dream about. He was devoted to his family and dedicated to his brothers in arms. Josh was born in Saskatoon but lived in each of the western provinces as well as the Arctic. He was always looking for the next adventure, whether it was racing his motorcycle, flying a plane or scuba diving off the coast of Thailand. Josh's inquiring mind loved the diversion offered by the latest technology. He was always ready for the next new thing. Josh had a dry quirky sense of humor and the ability to laugh at himself. He was a funloving, giving uncle who was thrilled with his own impending fatherhood. Josh and his fiance Lise were planning to marry after baby Meyer was born. Josh was very patriotic and had an unwavering code of personal ethics. He will be greatly missed. He leaves to mourn his passing his parents Beth and Gene Figley, fiance Lise Malenfant, sisters Addrienne and Kandace, his niece Athena, father Bob Roberts (Heather McLean), grandmother Martha Roberts and many aunts, uncles, cousins, comrades and friends. In memory of Master Corporal Josh Roberts, donations are greatfully accepted toward a trust fund for Baby Meyer through any branch of the Royal Bank of Canada. A visitation will take place on Monday evening, August 18, 2008 from 7:00 9:00 p.m. at Acadia Drive Funeral Chapel, 915 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon. A Military Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday August 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from 3rd Avenue United Church, 304 3rd Avenue North, Saskatoon, Sask. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. R.M.A. (Sandy) Scott, Chaplain of the North Saskatchewan Regiment. Interment to follow at Field of Honor, Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Sask. Arrangements are in care of John Janex of Acadia-McKague's Funeral Chapel (955-1600). Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.
Published in The The Star Phoenix on Aug. 19, 2008