Riding Sets Me Free

Written by: Jessie Tylre Williams
January Issue

“Be the change you want to see in the world and be the light you want others to see!” Author Jessie Tylre Williams

Corporal (Retired) Robert

A true Hero who dedicates his heart and soul to what he knows, to whom he has served with and to all that have had the pleasure of meeting him. This month we pay tribute to and honour you HERO for all you have done!

I had the honour of meeting Mr. Crites at our very first HCS Benefit Gala in Innisfail, Alberta at the Royal Canadian Legion #104 as he rode in on his 1500 Kawasaki to support our PTSD fundraiser. Full of laughter and a great spirit, I was honored to shake his hand and give him a hug and thank him for his service. Robert Crites n
ow resides in the beautiful town of Penhold where he now works as a full time Security Guard for the Commissionaires.

In his past time he enjoys riding his bike wherever it may take him and commits his time to THE RCR ASSOCIATION CWO BOBBY GIROUARD BRANCH ALBERTA, which is for Retired Veterans from the Regiment and for members who are still serving. Something very special that their organization does is present to other members a Quilt of Valour, which is carefully made by a handful of very talented Ladies!

A great sense of humor, an all around great guy and someone I now can call friend, I want to say thank you Sir for all you have sacrificed for our Country and for all you have done to make the world a better place to be in.

Pro Patria!

My conversation with Corporal Robert Crites

Q: What is your position as a “Soldier”?

A: I retired as a Corporal

Q: When did you first start in your line of work?

A: I joined the Military in 1976 to 1998

Q: What is your military background?

A: I was the only member in my family that joined the Military. I started as a rifleman , mortar man driver of 51A APC track vehicle. Then remuster to Refrigeration Air Conditioning tech from 1983 to 1998

Q: Where are you serving and what is day-to-day life like?

A: Retired and living in Penhold and at this time still in uniform as a security guard in Red Deer.

Q: If you are retired or no longer in service what is it like now?

A: Military as given my the respect of my self and the family we have as brothers and sisters of a great family.

Q: What do you find the most rewarding?

A: The experience that I had in Germany and working with many great soldiers.

Q: What is your most memorable moment?

A:  Serving in the military you make friends that you can count on and when  you retire that friendship stays with you as a Veteran. Proud to have served for our Country.

Q: Has your view of veterans, the military or service men and women changed?

A: Today I am a member of The RCR Association CWO Bobby Girouard Alberta Branch. The branch has been going strong for 5 years and we find a brother or sister that served with the Regimental.

Q: Is there someone you would like to pay Tribute to?

A: I’d like to pay tribute to all that have served and still serving Canada here at home and overseas. Pro Patria.

If you would like to support Bob Crites and The RCR Association CWO Bobby Girouard Branch Alberta you can do so by visiting their site.