ARCHIVED - Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s)

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Backgrounder / October 22, 2014

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was born 23 December, 1989, and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario with his mother, two sisters and step-father. Cpl Cirillo attended Sherwood Secondary School, and from an early age demonstrated a passion for the military, enlisting in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve in 2006 with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), just prior to his graduation of high school in 2007. Following his first two years of service, he was promoted to the rank Corporal in 2008.

Cpl Cirillo was an active member of the regiment, participating not only in regular training, exercises, and ceremonial events, but also was involved with The Argyll and Sutherland regimental hockey team, was the unit pugil-stick fighting champion in 2013, and participated with the Land Force Central Area shooting team in 2010. Outside of the regiment, Cpl Cirillo often performed other tasks in support of training in Petawawa, as well as in support of the Cadets at Camp Blackdown at Canadian Forces Base Borden. Cpl Cirillo was passionate about his involvement in the military and often commented that it was a positive influence on his life and provided excellent motivation for personal improvement. In his final year of service he had progressed to a junior leadership role as the second in command of his section, leading other soldiers.

In his civilian life, Cpl Cirillo was extremely active and demonstrated a strong zeal for fitness, achieving high personal standards and demonstrating strong personal discipline. This served him well as a personal trainer at a local gym, as well as security duties at some of the local establishments in the Hamilton area.  Cpl Cirillo’s family will remember him as a father to his young son, who was a part of his motivation to constantly improve his performance and involvement with the military, as well as a loving son and brother. Cpl Cirillo was a hard-working and capable soldier, Cpl Cirllo demonstrated the kindness and character expected of a Canadian Forces soldier, and an Argyll.  At the regiment he won the respect and friendship of his peers and leaders – his absence will be strongly felt by both his family and the regiment.

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