Family of cadet killed in Kingston, Ont., suffer accident with ‘a deep hole in our hearts’

One of the Royal Military College cadets who died last week on campus in Kingston, Ont., will be memorialized at a funeral service in Toronto on Sunday.

At around 2 a.m. on April 29, a vehicle carrying the four cadets, all nearing their graduation year, fell into the water off Point Frederick, a peninsula between Kingston Harbor and Navy Bay on the St. Lawrence River.

No foul play is suspected, according to the military police branch investigating the incident, which appealed to the public for more information.

The four cadets have been identified as Andrei Honciu, Andrés Salek, Broden Murphy and 27-year-old Jack Hogarth.

An obituary published by Hogarth’s family this week in The Globe and Mail said the three other cadets who died alongside Hogarth in the “tragic car accident” were his “dearest friends”.

“The loss of Jack at such a young age leaves all of us who loved him with a deep hole in our hearts,” read the obituary.

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Hogarth was set to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies from Kingston Military College when he was called in the spring in two weeks.

According to the school commandant, Hogarth would go on to be an armored officer in the Canadian Army, providing reconnaissance and direct combat fire support from armored fighting vehicles such as tanks.

“So close to graduation and pursuing his lifelong ambition to serve in the military, there was great promise ahead of him,” his family wrote.

Hogarth kept a daily journal and was an avid reader of politics, military history and current affairs, his family said. He also practiced a wide range of sports and was a “sniper”.

Hogarth was a “highly respected” graduate of the Class of 2013, said Lynda Torneck, spokeswoman for Crescent School, an elementary and secondary school for boys in Toronto.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” she said in an emailed statement.

“The entire RMC community is devastated,” says the commander

Commodore Josée Kurtz, Principal of the Royal Military College of Canada, spoke briefly about each of the four Army Cadets who died Friday after their vehicle fell into the St. Lawrence River. 1:45

Commodore Josée Kurtz, who oversees the college, said as a mother herself, she could only imagine the pain for the families of each of the four victims.

“We will continue to provide them with the support they need in the difficult days and weeks ahead,” she said.

In the obituary, the family thanked the college for providing Hogarth “the opportunity to follow his dream and for their kind support during this difficult time.”