IN CELEBRATION & THANKSGIVING FOR THE LIFE OF
Patrick Leopold Alexander Aiken
Sunrise: August 8, 1954 – Sunset: Jan 27, 2023
Patrick’s legacy will live on in his wife of 36 years -Joyette, son Dominic, daughter Annaleise and grandson Zayne; daughter in law Kerry-Ann; siblings Erica, Arnold, Radcliffe, Louis, Athena and Ansel; Aunt Winnie, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and friends and well-wishers.
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-February 11, 2023
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Elkanoh Ildacre Elkanoh Ildacre
Major Patrick Aiken and I met while I was a recruit in intake 41 when I joined the JDF in 1981. Later when I served in the Engineer Unit I had the honor of working in # 5 maintenance squadron and Patrick was a member of EU in his capacity as commissioned officer Our relationship grew very close and strong and he was a person that I could confide in. Later in my careers I learnt that his sister worked at air Jamaica and was a co worker to my wife. I also learnt that my wife’s family knew Patrick and his family as two of her brothers were members of the Brethren church. They also knew LT Commander John McFarlane via that channel One of my wife’s brother worked for Tank Weld alongside Patrick’s other brother. I learnt these things much later on in my career I rose through the ranks fairly quickly after attending courses in Canada and the UK and when I contemplated leaving the JDF. Patrick and I had a talk and I was most comfortable in my decision after and our friendship became much stronger Some 30 years went by after I left and one day my phone rang. It was Patrick. I was so delighted to hear him. He called to tell me there was a young man at his home repairing his refrigerator and he wanted to talk to me as he never got to say goodbye when I left. We spoke Since that call, Patrick and I conversed daily and he would send me Bible quotes and sometimes we spoke on the phone. Last year I was in Jamaica as a brother in law had passed. I called Patrick to tell him that I was there. I passed the phone to relatives of my wife that he knew. What a re union it was for his. He was so happy and told me he has not been in touch with them since high school I didn’t get to go and see him and when I returned to Canada we spoke and he shared what he was going through health wise but his faith in God never wavered and he was happy that Gods will be done. Even though he was down he was always very optimistic and uplifting and he encouraged me to renew my faith and he prayed with me. We reminisced about our time in the JDF and the things that we shared while on course overseas including the cold of winter and people always trying to degrade you My last communication from Patrick via whatts app was on Jan 3, 2023 I learnt later that he had passed and I was not sad because I knew that his faith was strong and that he is with his maker where he will no longer feel any pain Major Aiken. You have enriched the lives of many. Including me and I thank God that our paths crossed. Rest in peace my friend. My brother. To God be the glory!
Oral Khan Oral Khan
Patrick was my brother in arms and brother in the Lord before he became my brother brother-in-law. I first met him when we sat the JDF's Selection Board for potential officers. We attended the same Basic Officers Training Course at CFB Chilliwack, British Columbia and Infantry Officers Course at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick Canada. I was happy to discover his deep Christian faith and looking back, I can't help but marvel at the goodness of God in providing for our mutual support and encouragement as we sought to work out our salvation through those very trying times. He discovered and later introduced me to a place of worship off base, and Patrick and I emersed ourselves to the extent possible, in their fellowship. some lasting friendships were forged with the brethren at Geary. It is true that "iron sharpeneth iron". Standing up for one's faith and living a life characterized by humility, gentleness and graciousness, as you may well imagine, can run counter to the culture in the School of Infantry where the "mean, green, fighting machine" is prepared to "kill, crush and destroy". This explained some of the challenges that both Patrick and I encountered at Gagetown, but we fought the good fight and God made a way. In testimony of the high esteem in which I held my friend Patrick, I had no trepidation in introducing him to my sister Joyette and even trusted him to be alone around her. When their romance started, Joyette never had to do a background check, and my father never raised an eyebrow. Patrick was principled to the bone, uncompromising, altogether an honourable man. He never lost his faith through his illness. We petitioned God based on our own desire for Patrick to continue his labours, building the kingdom. We thought there was still more that he could contribute. However, God in his wisdom overruled and we accept that Patrick's mission was completed, his purpose fulfilled, and his time had come to be promoted to be in presence of the Lord. I thank God that our paths not only crossed but became entangled. Memories live on.
Errol Stewart Errol Stewart
Tribute To Major Patrick Aiken a True Officer and a Gentleman From Capt. Errol Stewart February 11,2023 On Wednesday December 5th, 1979, thirty-one young men (one not so young) boarded a JDF Bedford Truck bound for Newcastle Training Camp to take part in the Officer Selection process. On arrival at New Castle, we were met by a group of Officers headed by the then Capt. Stewart Saunders who would be the Head our selecting team. For the next two days we were taken through some of the most challenging tests in the cold hills of Newcastle. As a Cadet in High school, I thought I was fully prepared for cold weather and intense testing. I was rudely awakened. Having survived the selection process we could not wait for Friday Morning December 7th, 1979, when we all mustered at the foot of the stairs of Headquarters JDF ay the (White House) to hear the outcome of our attempt at joining the JDF as Officers. The Chief of Staff, then Brigadier Robert Neish, was the person that told us how we did. Of the Thirty-one (31) young men and the one not so young man only Eight (8) of us were successful in passing the Officer Selection process. However, one was sent back to High School to complete his Six Form studies (That was Oral Khan). To our surprise the not so young man had passed, that was Patrick Aiken. Early the following year (March-April 1980) a group of now seven (7) Potential Officer were again transported to the New Castle Training Depot to commence our basic training to become soldiers with the intention of being trained further to become commissioned officers. We were shortly joined by two others namely Karl Young and Stacy Lee. Our training bonded us together to become Military Brothers. Patrick being the eldest within the group was given the Title as Senior Potential Officer by the then Troublemaker within the group, Karl Young (Later to be called Seaman and Ranking Scrap Iron). Patrick demonstrated his Leadership Qualities from the very first day. He kept us focused, but more profound with Patrick was his Christian Faith. While there were other Potential Officers professing the Christian faith, Troublemaker Karl Young had to question their brand of the faith which he said lacked the humility of Patrick’s. Karl therefore encouraged to stick to what Patrick had to say to keep us out of trouble and punishment. At Newcastle the nine of us were the only Trainees at the time as the previous intake (36) had recently Passed Out and sent to their respective units. With such a small group the focus of the instructors was intense. During our time in Newcastle our morale was kept high by the Senior PO Patrick even when we were ordered to cut grass and sweep the roadways from BUSH Cottage to the Parade Square by then Depot Commander Capt Allan Douglas. Grass cutting and sweeping became the norm. On one such fatigue duty we saw a Helicopter land on the parade square. a Chinese Man dressed in a blue three-piece Suite came out of the Helicopter and as usual PO Troublemaker (Karl young) commented that the “Bigger Man come and him a Chinese”. Hours later at 0200Hrs we had only reach Refuge Lodge when the Chinese man, still dressed in his blue three-piece suite joined us. Again Troublemaker (Karl Young) as usual questioned him “Chiney man, wah you fah?” his next question was “Chiney Man, weh you usually work?” The reply was “JPS”. Next was “What you did at JPS?” the answer was “Supervisor”. Trouble then said, “You mean to say, you left JPS as a big Supervisor to join the JDF, to come sweep street at 2:00am in a tree piece suite”. Well needless to say the sweeping stopped and there was an outburst of laughter from us all. It took Patrick to say we are all God’s Soldier no matter our colour, where we are from or the way we dress, that’s when we realized just how deep Patrick was in His Christian Faith. At no time during our stay in Newcastle did I see Patrick express anger or disgust because his faith kept him focused. Later throughout his military career he kept that faith and was a shining example of an Officer and a Gentleman. Finally on behalf of our PARTY Ewan Oliver( Spec) Stacy Lee(Chiney man) Derick Hinds (Ferluchie) Clive Farquharson (Far Q) Joey Alexendra (Old Joe) French Campbell (Frenchie) Karl Young ( Ranking Scrap Iron) Richard Lewis (Ricky who is waiting at the gates of the Almighty to receive Patrick with open arms ) and myself Errol Stewart (Stewie) I wish to thank General Stewart Saunders for selecting us ( NOT YOU BASIL) as Officers thereby giving us the opportunity to bond as Military Brothers to share in the gift of life that was given to Patrick Aiken. He has moved on to a higher calling, and we shall forever remember him. ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIER MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MILITARY BROTHER AND LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON YOU. FAREWELL, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Keith and Rose Ellis Keith and Rose Ellis
Brother Patrick's life was a living testimony of what the Lord will do for a person who has totally committed himself or herself to the Master's service. We will remember him with great respect and admiration. Shalom
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