Corporal Michael James Alexander Seggie

Corporal Michael James Alexander Seggie - 22 November 1986 - 3 September 2008

Mike…what can you say about someone who was so much a part of your life, and now is gone?

His big smile that lit up the room when he walked in; Mike running up the front steps on a Friday afternoon, with a bag of laundry in his hand; his passion to help his friends when he thought they were being jerked around. These are but a few memories of Mike.

Michael, or Mike as his friends knew him, was very active in the sports community in St. James. He played hockey and baseball for several different teams in the area when he was growing up. Mike’s first military experience was with 191 Air Cadet Squadron. He took to this endeavour like a duck to water. He won several awards including top LAC and top Sergeant.

Mike then decided, with no prompting, that he should join the Army Reserves. He at first wanted to be a medic, but once he fired the C9 LMG he knew what he wanted – to be an infantryman in the Canadian Army. He took his BMQ and SQ in summer of 2004, and then went on to complete his BIQ later that year. Mike rarely missed an exercise with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles over the next two years. Mike decided that the Regular Force was his destiny, and in 2006 travelled to Wainwright to complete his Regular Force BIQ. He was then posted to the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Shilo. He trained to be a LAV driver and a signaller; however, as he told me, he would rather be a dismount with the C9.

Mike deployed to Afghanistan in February 2008. While on duty at a FOB on 27 March 2008, he and his fire team partner, Andrew Grenon, were both awarded the Commander CEFCOM Commendation for their actions in aiding some wounded Afghans and averting a potentially disastrous situation. How Mike did this was typically ...Mike. While Andrew performed First Aid on the wounded Afghans, the crowd outside the gate was becoming a mob. Mike knew enough Pashtu to make himself understood to the locals. He walked into the middle of the crowd, lit up a cigarette, passed a few around, spoke to the crowd to calm them down.

Mike had a passion for being a soldier... and a passion for his 1968 Barracuda "S" Model Sports Coupe. He loved to drive it everywhere he could. On Sunday evenings in Winnipeg in the summer, you could usually find Mike on the Sunday Night Cruises on Portage Avenue. His emerald green Barracuda stood apart from all the other cars not only because of the colour, but the distinctive rumble of the 360 cubic inch engine that is under the hood of the Barracuda. The Barracuda is being rebuilt from the wheels up, in honour of Mike, by the CFB Shilo Car Club.

Perhaps one of the best ways to describe Mike is to let you read what one of his section members wrote about him:

a memory of Seggie and Grenon...

"Early on our tour Mike and Drew were doing security at the front gate of FOB Ma'sum Ghar. For several days in a row a family who's father was killed by the taliban came to the front gate to ask the military for help. With their father dead they had no way of earning money for food. Women are banned from working in Afghanistan. Our HQ kept telling them to return the next day. Even though the widow and small children lived miles away and had to walk to get to the FOB. After 5 days the family had absolutley no money,food, or anything. Things became very critical for the family. Mike and Drew seen all this as they had been on duty every time the family came for help. Pissed off, these two heros took matters in their own hand and gave the widow food, water, and their own money too, about $140."
- Written by a fellow soldier, Cpl Wade Taylor, C/S 32A

Mike was more than just a soldier – he was a dedicated family guy. He rarely missed family get togethers. The family sleigh rides were always fun when Mike was there – he’d spend his time pushing his cousins off the sleigh and in turn, they’d push him off the sleigh. This usually found someone (usually Mike and his cousin Tyler) spending a lot of time running to catch up with the sleigh. Mike adored his nephew Carson. Mike thought the world of him, and through the family, Carson will know what his Uncle Mike was like, as a boy and later as the HERO that he is.

Mike was that rare personality type that seemed to brighten everyone’s outlook on life, and could lift your spirits by the wink of an eye or a kind word. It would be an understatement to say that we will miss him.

RIP Mike – Our Son, Our Friend, Our Brother in Arms