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BERG, Darren Tyler March 14, 1990 - October 16, 2011 Born in Vancouver and raised in Richmond, Darren passed away suddenly at the age of 21. He is survived by his loving family, parents Gary and Jill (Gilda) and sister, Rachel. Also by his beloved Grandmother, Flora Martinello, Aunts and Uncles Noris, Vic, Josie, Peter, Yolande, Frank, Carol, Dale, Anita, Dennis and Leonard. Cousins Jason (Nicole, Xavier), Derek, Rudy, Cory, Sidney, Michelle and Nicholas and many relatives and close friends. Darren was a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, having joined at the age of 16 and trained to become an Infantry Soldier. He served a tour of duty in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan from October, 2009 to May, 2010. Most recently, he was enrolled at BCIT working towards a Bachelors degree in Business Management. Darren's passions in life included fitness training, riding his motorcycle, dirt biking and, most of all, serving his country. Funeral service will be held at Ocean View Funeral Home, 4000 Imperial Street, Burnaby, B.C. on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm. The Family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for all the messages of comfort and acts of kindness received during this difficult time. "FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS"

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2011.
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November 4, 2011
I had the pleasure of working under Cpl Berg this past summer.

He shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Cpl J. Ta.
October 29, 2011
Dear Gary, Jill and Rachel,

Our thoughts are with you at this unimaginably difficult time. We are sorry we never had the opportunity to meet and get to know Darren. Clearly he was a remarkable young man; a good friend, and a person to live life to the fullest. A son and brother one could feel proud of forever. As part of your extended family, our families are linked together. We felt blessed to be part of the celebration of his all too brief life, and to hear the heart-felt tributes. Certainly everyone there was touched by the unfairness and the tragedy of his death, but also the richness and beauty of his life.

Sincerely...Linda Kearns & Greg Booth
October 27, 2011
Gary
October 26, 2011
May we offer our sincerest condolences. We can only imagine what you and Jill are experiencing. We lost our daughter in Nov. 2003 and every year we get a flood memories at this time. A year after I retired from PP. God bless.
Garry and Lorraine Steele.
October 25, 2011
Rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski
October 24, 2011
Dear Jill & Family

My sincere condolence in this most heartbreaking time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and comfort you.

Giovanna Perizzolo
October 23, 2011
Gary and Jill, so sorry that I could not make it to the funeral and meet you; (I had another deployment briefing in Chilliwack); You are in my thoughts and I wish you all the strength you need;
Hanna Robertson; Deployment Coordinator Mainland BC MFRC
October 22, 2011
Dear Gary,Jill & Rachel,
We were so very sorry to hear the tragic news, Darren was a spark in many peoples lives. You are in our prayers at this most difficult time.
Lee, Max and Hugh Forand
October 22, 2011
We are very sorry to hear of the loss. Our condolences and deepest sympathy to Cpl Darren Berg's family and friends.

Michael and Janet Kvammen
Royal Westminster Regiment Association
October 22, 2011
You were an example of a true Canadian, and you will be missed by your military family and especially your Westie family. My thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.
Sgt Ruby Carey
October 22, 2011
Gary our hearts are filled with sorrow for the loss of your son. May god bless you and your family. May you find the strength to carry the torch. Best wishes form LeRoy and Maria--KH Pressroom
LeRoy Wilkinson
October 22, 2011
I admire the determination and
The dedication that you have shown
For your family and your country
I know that your wonderful example
Has touched the lives of many people
The example you have set has touched the lives
Of all your fellow soldiers, their families
And the lives of all your family
I know that we all appreciate the wonderful job
That you have done to protect us
And all in our great country to help keep us free
So that we all can enjoy all the freedoms
That this land has to offer us
I just want to say thank you for all your sacrifice

(by Arline Marie)

Sgt Goran Kurtagic, Kabul, Afghanistan
Goran Kurtagic
October 22, 2011
I had the privilege of instructing Darren on his Basic Training. He was a fine young man and a great Canadian.

You have my deepest condolences.
Rob Bauman
October 21, 2011
To the Berg family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss of such a great son, and soldier. I can't begin to imagine what you're going through. From one soldier to another, rest in peace.

Cpl D Nguyen, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
Daniel Nguyen
October 21, 2011
Dear Jill and Family,

It is most certainly the hardest when a loved one is taken from us too soon. It sounds like Darren was a wonderful son,brother, friend and courageous soldier.
I offer my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss. May the outpouring of sympathy, the kind acts of friends and strangers help you through this difficult time.

I pray that you will all find comfort in knowing that his brief time on earth was a life well-lived.

Love,
Rose Ann
Rose Ann Veltri
October 21, 2011
To the Berg Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We had the privlege of meeting Darren when he came to visit our Sparks unit upon his return from his tour in Afghanistan. We were all touched by the courage & bravery that he demonstrated at such a young age. We continue to receive notes from the parents of our Sparks about the impact that Darren had on them and their children. The girls still look back at the pictures of that day and speak about meeting Darren. On behalf of all our girls and parents,we send our sincere condolences to your family in this difficult time.

Jodi Perry, Krista Laing and Leah Perry
on behalf of the 2nd Sparks, Girl Guides of Canada
October 21, 2011
Dear Gary, Jill, Rachel & Families,

With heavy hearts, we send our deepest condolences to you for the loss of your Darren. May all the wonderful memories give you strength to get through this most heartbreaking time. Please know our hearts and thoughts are with you all.

Rick, Naomi, Lauren & Tessa Tasaka
October 21, 2011
To the Berg Family: Some people live many years longer, having never contributed to someone other than themselves. Not your Son Darren. In his short years here he did what the few have done, he gave a year of his life, accepted extreme risk and tried to help some people he had never met that desperately needed his help. That is true courage. My condolences to you all in this time.
WO Brian McKenna, R Westmr R, Kabul, Afghanistan
Brian McKenna
October 20, 2011
Dear Jill & Family,

So very sorry for your loss! Can't even imagine what you are going through...May God Bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.

Love Mary Rose
Mary Rose Peragine
October 20, 2011
Gary, Jill and Rachel, the shocking news of Darren's passing has left us feeling so very sad. He was a remarkable young man with so many achievments. We have so many fond memories of him. Our most sincere condolences to you.
Darryl and Brenda McRae
October 20, 2011
Gary and Jill, It was my honour to serve with your son during his time at the regiment. We was an excellent soldier and a better man. My family and I are deeply sorry for your loss. I will never forget the smile Darren would show even when the going went rough.

Sgt Scrivens
October 20, 2011
Dear Jill..there truly are no words to express the sadness felt. Please find comfort in those who love you, Gary and Rachel. May Darrens love surround you all and may it offer you peace in your time of need. Holding you and your family close... love Elta Marotto and family.
October 20, 2011
Many words describe Darren; comrade, brother, friend, and soldier. The ones that mean the most are missed and never forgotten. It was my privalage to serve with and support your son for the 3 years I spent at the Regiment. The loss of such an outstanding young man with the potential to contribute so much to his community, is heart rending for us all. May you, his family, find peace in the memories and support that all of us have to offer.

MCpl James Cooley
192 CEF, Clerk
Aldergrove
October 20, 2011
Darren had a great smile and a great laugh. Last year I was in his section and he and I were in the field were we would talked for several hours. A true buddy, I miss him.
CPL Kingston
October 20, 2011
Dear Berg family, in this time of sorrow I hope that with all the love and strength from close friends and family to Darren, this comfort allows you to remain strong as we all get through this rough time. I know it must be very hard right now and would like to send my condolences to your family. Rest in peace Darren Berg. You will not be forgotten.
Jereme B
October 20, 2011
I was privileged to work with Darren when I was on an attached posting with the Royal Westminster Regiment last year. Darren was my section's second in command. I became instantly aware of his good attitude and his positive effect on morale. Good soldier. Good man.

Cpl Jordan Macdonald-Heath (Canadian Scottish Regiment)
October 20, 2011
My deepest sympathy for the friends and family of Darren. I knew of Darren because he joined SIFE BCIT. This alone proves his dedication to helping others. He we greatly missed by members of this club and his classmates at BCIT.
Meghan Dimma
October 20, 2011
Dear Jill, Gary and Rachel:

No words can express our shock and sadness at this terrible thing. Our thoughts are with you.

George and Michelle (Vancouver)
Michelle and George Jorgensen
October 20, 2011
I had the opportunity to meet Darren as he was friends with my son , who is also a soldier. To Darrens family our thoughts and prayers go out to you, your son was brave , unselfish, kind , respectful and from what my son has told me a good friend and someone he was proud to serve with .
carol adams
October 20, 2011
Jill, Gary, & Rachel,
Our deepest sympathy is with you.
Sincerely,
Rod, Sheila, Becky, & Derek
Sheila Sanders
October 20, 2011
From one soldier to another ... May you rest in peace confident of the love and respect of all Canadians.
Capt. David Warren (Ret)
October 20, 2011
Jill, Gary and Rachel.
I wish I could be there to support you during this extremely painful time. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know how proud you were of all his accomplishments and he will forever be loved by you, your family and friends.
Catherine and Greg (Toronto, Ont)
October 20, 2011
ill miss you darren !
you where such a brave man
you will never be forgotten
and our memories wont be either

My love goes out to his family at this time <3
Elizabeth Creighton
October 20, 2011
Gary, Jill and Rachel,

We are so sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this unbelievably difficult time. Darren turned into a man you could be so proud of. We have many fond and wonderful memories of Darren over the years, he and Jon played ball together. He was a great pitcher and a delight to watch. We are all better for having known Darren.

Love Lori, P.J. Jon and Melissa Campion
October 20, 2011
You'll be missed. Impossible to replace.

-Westie
October 19, 2011
Rest in peace, Darren. We served together overseas and though I didn't know you well, you were a solid soldier. Too soon.
-KC
October 19, 2011
Jill and Gary and Rachel, a loss so sad, shocking, and inexplicable. We can't imagine the depth of your sorrow. We are so very sorry for your pain, and regret that the world will not receive all the good things Darren would have done. Love from the Langs: Helena, Steve and Jackie
The Langs
October 19, 2011
Cpl Darren Berg epitimized what Canadian soldiers strive for as individual citizens: to come of age, be challenged to learn and grow, be a great buddy, serve the larger community, and all the while have a great smile.

We Westies will honour him as best we can, embrace both his family and close buddies in their time of need and adjustment, miss him, and continue his legacy along with those who have both served and departed.

Sincerely,
Lieutenant Colonel Doug Poitras
Commanding Officer
October 19, 2011
We met Darren several times at the home of his friend, John Avery. Darren was a likeable, fun loving guy whom we worried about when he went to Afghanistan, and felt relief upon hearing of his safe return. We joined him and others at Pat and Al's place when the Olympic Flame went by in 2010. He was so proud to be Canadian!
Our heartfelt condolences to the Berg family and to the Al and Pat Avery family, who were like a second family to Darren.
David and Louise Avery-Arnold
October 19, 2011
RIP. My friend in Uniform. I got a good memory while we were in BCIT. You called me Jimbo.
James
October 19, 2011
R.I.P Darren. My heart goes out to you and your family. My most sincere condolences.
Niko Monachini
October 19, 2011
Our deepest sympathy-we met Darren only briefly in Edmonton as he and our son were deploying to Afghanistan. He struck us as a wonderful young man and will be missed by all who knew him

Thom & Suzanne Tyre
Kelowna, BC
October 19, 2011
Dear Jill, Gary, Rachel, We are so sorry to hear the shocking news about Darren. It was just a year and a half ago we waited at the airport for our boys returning from Afghanistan and we saw him last week at Grant and Nicole's home and he talked about his future. There are no words to describe how we all feel. Just know our thoughts and prays are with you and we will never forget Darren. Love from The Belich family, Bill,Sue,Lindsy, Chelsea
Bill Sue Belich
October 19, 2011
Dear Jill, Gary and Rachel - We feel such sadness at the loss of your dear son. I will always remember Darren in his baseball uniform, standing on the mound and in the dugout with his friends. Our deepest condolences to you and all your family. Silvana, Bruce and Michael Harwood
Silvana Harwood
October 19, 2011
Gilda, although we haven't seen each other in so many years, we have been through good times and bad times together. I am totally devastated with the news and can't even imagine what you, Gary and Rachel are going through. I know it's very cliche but be strong, especially for your daughter and know that I will be here if you need anything at all. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Diane
Diane De Marchi
October 19, 2011
Rest in peace....
I extend my deepest sympathy to the family....

Thomas R. Buchenauer
Major (Retired)
Chilliwack, BC
Thomas Buchenauer
October 19, 2011
Gary, Jill, Rachel & family

MANY WORDS (some not suitable here) came into my mind when learning of Darren's passing...The one that has stayed with me over the last few days though, is "PRIDE".

With all the emotions you'll come to feel,let THAT one reign above ALL others.

I know I will....Just for having known Darren and the time we spent together over 5 different seasons of Baseball.(YES..including the one, where you "proudly" told me he was "The MVP"!!)

Love Serj, Rishi, Aleesha, and Jai
October 19, 2011
Jill, (Beans), no words can express what you and your family are going through at this most heart-breaking time of your life, but please take comfort in knowing how much your friends love you and are here for you now and always. Denise (Din) and familyxox.
October 19, 2011
Dear Jill, Gary, Rachel & family
We cannot begin to express our sorrow in hearing such sad news. Our condolences to you are truly heartfelt and hope that you can somehow find the strength to get through this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Karen, Robin & Nathan St. Anne
October 19, 2011
Dear Jill and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May he rest in peace. Love Donna Bevan and family
October 19, 2011
Rest In Peace Darren. You made us proud to be Canadian...
Craig and Susan Telford
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