Commanding Officer of HMCS Regina Statement on the Death of Leading Seaman Brandon South

Navy News / April 24, 2014

The Commanding Officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina, Commander Dan Charlebois, issued the following statement today regarding the passing away of Leading Seaman Brandon South.

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we learned that our friend and colleague, Leading Seaman Brandon South, passed away in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on April 21, 2014 while en route to Canada for a scheduled leave period from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina.

The HMCS Regina family is mourning the loss of one of our own, and we wish to express our deepest sympathies to his family and many friends ashore who are mourning with us today.

Brandon was very well liked and respected by the ship’s company. He had a heart that was every bit as big as he was, and his ever present smile and good nature will be genuinely missed by all those who knew him. To say that he was a beloved shipmate would be an understatement.

Our attention now turns towards making the necessary arrangements to repatriate him back to Canada, and to helping the Regina family cope and heal from this tragedy. We will provide the best possible support for his family and colleagues, and ensure that they have access to the best resources available during this very difficult time.

The Regina family is united, strong and resilient. We will lean on each other for comfort and support in the coming days, and we will find a way to get through this together.  Brandon would have wanted it that way.

On behalf of the entire ship’s company of HMCS Regina, I would like to send my most sincere condolences to his family and friends in their hour of need.  I hope it is of some comfort to you to know that you are not grieving alone”