We just received this from the family:
“First of all, I would like to thank everyone so much for their great show of support yesterday, as John Robert returned to Chatham-Kent. Thank you all very, very much. It was wonderful to see such respect and compassion. Thank you for the signs and pictures and flags; for standing on bridges, beside trucks, and in fields; thank you to the Kurdish community for accompanying him and to the people of Blenheim for receiving him.
There was so much organization involved and we would like also to express our sincere gratitude to the Canadian Heroes Foundation for making this happen. The expression of support we received from Canadians yesterday would not have been possible without them.
As a family, we now have the opportunity to have a little time with John Robert – to feel like he is home and to begin to process everything.
However, we do now also have a date for a celebration of life / funeral, to take place this Tuesday Nov. 24 in Toronto. It will be held at Liuna Local 183, from 3 – 6 in the afternoon.
The address is 1263 Wilson Ave., Toronto, ON M3M 3G3.
So much of our focus thus far has been to bring John Robert home, and now that has been accomplished, we would like to let everyone have a chance to say goodbye.
As you may know, Erin has set up an email so that anyone who is interested can share photographs or let us know if they are interested in sharing memories or stories on Tuesday. That email again is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for the honour you have shown my son and for your support to our family.”
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REPATRIATION WILL BE THIS FRIDAY
Nov 20 2015 update procession is now underway. Follow us on our social media accounts, facebook and twitter for live updates.
We now have a working timeline for the repatriation.
Form up will be at Mackinnon & Bowes Funeral Home, Friday November 20 at 162 Wicksteed Avenue, Toronto,Ont. with our planned departure at 12 Noon sharp.
From there we will be heading up Leslie Street and getting on Hwy #401 Westbound at this point.
We will then head westbound on Hwy 401.
We will have planned rest stops at the Onroute service centres on Hwy 401 westbound in Cambridge and West Lorne. Both stops shall not exceed 15 minutes in length.
The Canadian Heroes Kite will be flying high in the sky at the Cambridge Onroute location, she is over 120 feet in length.
We will be exiting on Hwy 40 and heading south to Blenheim on Communication Road, to Blenheim. We will then turn right on Talbot Road, then left on Catherine and drive by the Royal Canadian Legion. We will then turn left on Marlborough Street, and then right on Stanley to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home.
Chatham-Kent police and fire will provide an honour guard at the funeral home.
Canadians can come out and welcome John Gallagher home, by lining the bridges for a Highway of Heroes ceremony between Toronto and Blenheim Ontario, which is in southern Ontario by Windsor.
If you can touch base with your local Fire departments, Police, EMS, Media and Veterans support groups and all others that would be great.
Canadians that want to be part of the repatriation are asked to fly a Canadian window flag on their vehicle, you may fall in at the back of the procession, and leave at any point, please follow all traffic laws.
We will have 3 of our memorial vehicles leading the procession, CH#1,6,and 8.
CH#6 will be driven by a Silver Cross mother.
At a later date there will be a public ceremony in Toronto that all are invited to attend.
Details will be updated as they come available.
You may email us directly with any questions that you may have.
Here is a great video of the repatriation that the Kurdish people did overseas, thank you for honouring him.