The Entire Nation Is Mourning The Loss Of Canada's Oldest Veteran As He Passes At 101 Years Old

Canada's oldest and longest serving veteran Colonel David Lloyd Hart passed away Wednesday at the age of 101.
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The Entire Nation Is Mourning The Loss Of Canada's Oldest Veteran As He Passes At 101 Years Old

Today was a sad day for the nation as they came together to mourn the loss of Canada's oldest and longing serving officer, Colonel David Llyod Hart. With a funeral service that took place this afternoon, many Canadians took to Twitter to express their condolences for Hart, who had passed away Wednesday at the age of 101. Hart served more than 80 years in the Canadian army and was a World War II veteran. 

Hart was born in July 1917 in Montreal and enlisted in the army in 1937. Since then, he has served with the Canadian army for over 80 years and had taken on a variety of roles in his lifetime. One of these roles was a communications operator during World War II where he later received a military medal for bravery. 

Hart was also part of the raid on Dieppe in 1942, where out of the 5,000 Canadians that were present in the battle, 3,400 were either captured, injured or killed. Before his death, Hart recalled the raid by saying "there was mortar fire and there were machine-gun nests in the cliffs,". 

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Hart left active duty in 1965, but that didn't stop him from still being a part of the Canadian forces. Hart served in a variety of honorary positions and remained active in the Montreal military right up until his death. 

A funeral was held this Sunday for Hart and according to City News, the Canadian Army described Hart as a "friend and mentor to many" who has an "extraordinary life of service,". 

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Since the announcement of his death, people from across Canada have taken to Twitter to express their condolences and to thank Hart for the hard work that he did for this country. 

Today the Honorary Colonel David Lloyd Hart, survivor of Dieppe Raid, was buried today in his homeland of Canada. Farewell soldier. pic.twitter.com/jCkm4rDYBj

March 31, 2019

RIP Hon. Col. David Lloyd Hart. #ISaluteYou Sir!! https://t.co/WDj15yA5Z6

March 31, 2019

RIP good sir, thank you for your service.

March 31, 2019

Canadians are also thanking him for his many many years of service. 

RIP sir - thank you for your incredible service to our country. Lest we Forget. 🇨🇦 Col. David Lloyd Hart, WWII veteran and Dieppe hero, dies aged 101 https://t.co/xB8AQ7OAZl

March 31, 2019

Decorated Dieppe Veteran, and the @canadianarmy's longest-serving Honorary Officer, HCol. David Lloyd Hart, has passed away at the age of 101. Our thoughts are with his family & friends today as they celebrate his life and his exceptional service to our country. #CanadaRemembers pic.twitter.com/U04Q1CrArE

March 31, 2019

He received the Military Medal for bravery during the Dieppe Raid. He served Canada his entire adult life. We remember Honorary Colonel David Lloyd Hart.#RememberThem #WWII https://t.co/IQlB8io0b2

March 31, 2019

RIP 💐 and thank you for serving and saving lives in WWII. The angels are singing your praises. God bless 👏🇨🇦🙏

March 31, 2019

Lest We Forget ⚔️🇨🇦❤️

March 31, 2019

Colonel Hart will be missed. 

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