Sgt. Kirk Taylor was a fun-loving man who enjoyed military life, says Truro sister
TRURO HEIGHTS - Sgt. Kirk Taylor was "free spirited" yet "very grounded," says his older sister.
"He was so very fun loving," Shavonne Wickens said Monday. "He would have done anything for anybody."
Taylor, a 28-year-old reservist from Yarmouth County, was one of four Canadian soldiers and a Calgary journalist who died Wednesday in a powerful roadside explosion in Kandahar city.
"He loved the military life. He loved everything about it, the opportunity to help," Wickens said. "He was such a good person."
Wickens, like her siblings, attended cadets as a youth. She also served in the Navy.
She was not surprised when her brother, nicknamed Sgt. Morale, joined the reserves. He was with 84 Independent Field Battery.
"He had the best of both worlds," Wickens explained. "He did everything with the reserves and still had his own life to do his other passion, helping kids."
Wickens expects to head home to southwest Nova Scotia today to be with her family.
"The worst is going to be going back home," she said, "Bear Point where we grew up."
She said many things would bring back fond memories, whether it is being around the family home or where they went trick or treating on Halloween in the small community where Wickens said "everybody knows
Wickens, 36, moved to Truro Heights in June to work at the Nova Institution for Women. She was at work Thursday when a phone call came in.
"The phone was transferred through to me and it was my Dad. He said I think you better sit down," she recalled.
Wickens suspected an elder member of the family had died, not thinking her brother might have been one of the unnamed soldiers she had just read about in the newspaper.
After the devastating news, Wickens transferred the call to her manager's office and was later taken home. "Ever since then I have been on the phone with my father."
On Sunday, she watched her younger brother and sister and Kirk's mother at the repatriation ceremony at CFB Trenton in Ontario.
"It was just heartbreaking watching it," she said.
The funeral will be held at the Mariner Centre in Yarmouth, but a date had not been set as of yesterday afternoon.
Wickens said she hopes people stop and think about how precious life is.
"He just loved everybody and everybody loved him," she said. "He'll be missed."