Honouring a Canadian Hero: Major (ret'd) Robert Firlotte

October-20-14

House of Commons, October 20th, 2014, Statements by Members

Mr. Speaker,

Two years ago I had the honour of presenting Major Robert Firlotte with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Sadly, last month he passed away. He entered the army as a private, and left as a major - all of his promotions were battlefield promotions.

I asked him how he did it. He said he was very strong and very fast – good attributes when someone’s shooting at you.

He was deployed to Europe twice during World War 2, first with Carleton & York - New Brunswick regiment, and then the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. He then went to Korea with the Queen’s Own.

In retirement he served on the living history Speaker’s Bureau of Legion 258, spoke at many citizenship ceremonies, and supported the building of the Juno Beach Centre.

Mr. Speaker, he may have been fast and strong, but ultimately he served us all and deserves our immense respect. For that he will be remembered.

I extend my condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Thank you.