Ronnie Jessiman, the Canterbury private security contractor who was killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan last month, has been buried in his hometown of Glasgow.
Mr Jessiman, 33, died when an Afghan suicide bomber targeted a convoy he was tasked to protect, as part of the security firm G4S. The Taliban later took credit for the attack. Mr Jessiman lived in Canterbury with his wife of four months, Natalie, and had previously served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Speaking before the funeral, which took place on Thursday, G4S chief executive officer Ashley Almanza, said: “Ronnie was a well-liked colleague who inspired those who worked alongside him with his character and professionalism.
“He will be missed by all his friends at G4S and the company extends our deepest sympathy to his family at this most difficult time.”
An Army source said Mr Jessiman was “an experienced soldier and really knew his stuff. It’s a tragedy. After he left the Army, he worked in close protection – his role at the time he died. He had years of experience with 5 Scots which he was putting to good use in Afghanistan. It just shows you that no matter how good your skills are, some-times your luck runs out.”
Canterbury’s MP Julian Brazier said the city was “desperately sad to have lost him”.
Mr Jessiman joined the Army in 1998 at 17. After serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, in 2007 he transferred to 5 Scots, Support Company, Fire Support Group and had two deployments to Afghanistan. He left the Army in November 2012, and joined G4S in January last year.
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