The family of Captain Thomas McQueen – who died in the accident on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range earlier this week – have released a statement to the public:
“We are devastated at the loss of Thomas, but know that he was doing an important job, and that he passed doing what he loved. From a young age, drawing jets on his homework, through Air Cadets at 611 Squadron, he never wavered in his desire to be a fighter pilot. He was proud to carry on his grandfather’s legacy, who was in the Air Force during WWII.
“Thomas lived and loved with passion. He was soon to be married to the love of his life, Caitlin; his smile was always bigger when he was with her.
“Thomas loved speed, whether it was on a boat, his dirt bike, or breaking the sound barrier in his jet. He was always close with family, and was a clown who kept us laughing. Growing up on the farm, he loved being outdoors, and always found beauty in nature. He enjoyed living in Cold Lake; and was often hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.
“An extraordinary friend, he loved everyone and always took care of others before himself. Thomas touched the lives of so many people, and he will be deeply missed.
“We are extremely thankful for the support we have received from our community and from the military. We truly feel that the nation is grieving with us, and are grateful. We now ask for privacy, as we continue to mourn.”
-The McQueen Family