SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Today the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association and its members celebrate the life of Warrant Officer Frank Mellish, 38, son of APTA safety council chair Barry Mellish, who was killed during a military offensive against the Taliban over Labour Day weekend. We are all saddened by the loss of one of our own [a] loss that affects one member of our community impacts on all of us collectively, the APTA said in a release. Franks death serves as a reminder to all of us of both the courage and valour our men and women in Canadas military display and also the constant peril and fragility of life that they endure when on missions throughout the world.Frank was continuing the family tradition of serving his country, as his father Barry served as a peacekeeper in the former Yugoslavia.Captain Rob Tesselaar, Mellish’s cousin, was in Trenton, Ont., Wednesday as his cousin Frank’s body was returned from Afghanistan, the CBC reported.”He loved being a soldier. He was one of the most professional guys that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with,” Tesselaar told CBC News.The funeral service is taking place today at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 289 Winter Street in Summerside. The internment will take place at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Pleasant Valley, P.E.I. following the funeral service.
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