Soldiers from the Royal Canadian Dragoons joined family and friends of Sgt. Robert James Dynerowicz inside the Victoria Barracks at CFB Petawawa on Monday to honour the memory of the late armoured patrol commander.
Sgt. Dynerowicz passed away tragically in late April, following a training incident at CFB Wainwright.
According to the Pembroke Daily Observer during the service, Sgt. Dynerowicz’s parents, sister, regimental leaders and friends all spoke to his dedication, compassion, selflessness and the pride he took in being a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
“His heart not only continued to shine in our family but in his military family. Rob, until we meet again, we will remember how proud we are of you and how proud this whole country is of you and the men and women you serve with. God has you in His keeping, we have you in our hearts,” said his mother, said Debbie Dynerowicz.
Dynerowicz served in the CAF for twelve years and was a member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCDs). He served on multiple combat tours to Afghanistan during his time with the RCDs.
“Sgt Dynerowicz made the commitment to put service before self, and he lived up to it. “He trained his soldiers, took the fight to the enemy and was ready to go anywhere anytime on behalf of Canada. The Royal Canadians Dragoons will miss him, the leadership he brought to our ranks, and we thank him for his dedication to duty,” said Lt.-Col. Fraser Auld, commanding officer of the RCDs.
Known to his close friends as “Dyno,” the sergeant’s family and friends also spoke about his love for the outdoors and, in particular, for fishing.
During the service, the family was presented with a shadow box of Sgt. Dynerowicz's medals by the regiment and his girlfriend, Nickolette Black, presented members of his crew with the Memorial Ribbon.
His family released the following statement on this somber occasion, “It is with much grief and sadness that we pay tribute today to Sergeant Robert ‘Bobby’ James Dynerowicz. He was a beloved husband, cherished son, loving brother, and proud uncle.
We also remember a dedicated soldier. Bobby wore his uniform with pride and was honored to call The Royal Canadian Dragoons his regimental family.
Bobby made an impression on people wherever he went. While we are all saddened by our loss, we will find strength in each other to celebrate his life knowing his memory will forever remain with us, in our hearts.”