Justin Mills

Born: Tue., Jan. 10, 1989
Died: Thu., Dec. 24, 2020


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Master Corporal Justin Mills, CFB Borden, Ontario
January 10, 1989 – December 24, 2020

“We’re here for a good time, not a long time – so have a good time, the sun can’t shine every day.”  Those song lyrics describe Justin well.  Although he was only here for a short time, he packed an unimaginable amount of love, kindness, and adventure into those 31 years.  He is one of the most sincere and humble people you could hope to meet.
Words cannot describe the unfathomable anguish that we have experienced by Justin’s sudden passing.  The world has lost an incredible human being, a person filled with integrity, bravery, kindness, compassion, sincerity, and humility. Justin had an engaging personality and a genuineness about him that blessed him to easily be able to make friends.  Regardless if you were his seatmate on a flight, or any other random place you’d come across his path, you automatically had a new friend or at least some funny entertainment while on your travels. That’s just who Justin was.  
As a child, two things were obvious from a very early age: he had a great sense of humor and he was a protector.  He was always standing up for kids that were picked on at school and he would befriend them.  If anyone messed with them, they were going to have to deal with Justin.  This is a trait he carried his whole life, always advocating for the vulnerable, always a protector.  We pretty much knew that when he grew up, he would be a firefighter, police officer, or comedian, based on those strong personality traits.  
To his colleagues, he was known as a great firefighter, Master Corporal Justin Mills.  To us, he was the best son and brother we could have had.  Justin is survived by our mother, Tena Cormier, myself his sister, Lisa Hardy (John), his girlfriend, Jenn Meisner, his aunt Doris Mills, aunt Kim Cormier, uncle Tom Cormier, uncle John Cormier, grandfather Mel Cormier (Mary), half-sisters Angela Weber Conlon (Joe) and Carol Tanner, great aunts and uncles, too many cousins to mention, although he had a great bond with cousins Cec E Mills Jr., and his beloved cousin, Kate Campbell. He was predeceased by his aunt Donna Cormier, his grandmother Annie May Cormier, and several friends and other family members, whom we are sure he is with on the other side.  
Justin loved his fire brothers and sisters and cherished his time at CFB Greenwood.  He had joined the 45 Field Engineers at the age of 15, and then the regular force at the age of 19, as an Airforce firefighter, and later as an instructor at the fire academy. He served in Romania and spent time in Alert.  He enjoyed his work travels, and especially relished in his leisure travels.
Justin was blessed with some amazing friends, Brendan Howe, Devon Steele, Doug MacLeod, Ryan Roberts, to name only a few. The list goes on and on and is far too long to name.  You all know who you are and how important you were to him.
Justin was always doing good deeds, not telling anyone or seeking praise.  He was frequently giving money to random strangers who looked like they could use a helping hand, and once, literally the jacket he was wearing. He’d often give items he’d be wearing, to less fortunate folks he would meet.  He also has a soft spot for animals, constantly taking in strays, feeding raccoons, a wolf in Alert (which we now know is not allowed (ha ha), and pretty much any creature. In addition to all the animals he has saved over the years, it is important to note that some of his good deeds included saving several human lives, both on and off duty.
It is difficult to describe 31 years of such an impactful life into an obituary, but those who knew Justin knew who he was and what his character was, and that’s all that matters. If you were a part of Justin’s life in any way, thank you.
I cannot begin to express how much happiness Justin has brought to our Mom and I, from the day he was born.  We find comfort because we know that we will be together again.  Until then, be at peace, and see you on the other side.  
If you would like to honor Justin’s memory, please lend a helping hand to someone who is struggling, or defend the vulnerable.  We realize that a lot of first responders will be reading this and because of your bravery, you are subjected to things that can have a long-lasting impact.  Please advocate for yourselves, if you need help.
A private service will be held, as per Covid restrictions, will be invite only. Once Covid restrictions lift, we will then send Justin to his homecoming with an Irish wake.   Details on this to be determined at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, we would ask that any donation be made to your local SPCA or Humane Society. Words of comfort may be forwarded to his family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com

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Mike Molloy
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
My sincere condolances to Justins family in these difficult times. I taught with Millsy at the fire academy, and can say he was a truly great firefighter. He will be surely missed.
Regards, Mike Molloy, Fire Chief, 4 CDTC Meaford

Maxx Bonnefoy
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
Justin was a kind soul and we enjoyed many good times talking and laughing together. The one thing that always rang true was how much he loved his family and those close to him. He always brought out the best in the people around him. He will always be remembered as a compassionate caring soul. He helped inspire many people to become their best selves and reach for their dreams. Rest well Brother.

Maxx Bonnefoy, CFFCA

Anne Marie Gosse Betty and Everett MacPherson
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
Justin was like a son to me when he was growing up. He was here all the time and at my parents all the time with the boys. He always had a smile on his beautiful face and he would do anything for you. I remember him sitting on the counter or around the living room with the boys and he always brought joy to us. I remember him and Mitchell getting into a little bit of mischief at school and we would deal with it and then laugh over it. I loved him so much. All the boys called me ma and i loved it. He was such a pleasant guy. He would be there for anybody in a minute. If one of the boys needed to talk to him he was there. Justin you are going to be missed by so many. Love you buddy. Fly high and I know there is a special place in heaven for you.

Sandra Clarke
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
Lisa and family....My sincere condolences...You are right there are no words...I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers!

Clint Killam
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
Farewell to my friend, and my condolences to those left behind. I worked with Millsy at CFFCA, and his passing has been a rough time for me and all of us in the trade that knew him.
RIP, brother.

Pam Olejnik
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
Lisa we were so saddened to hear of Justin’s passing. Just in the couple of times we met him, we could tell he was a great person. Stan and I would like to offer you our sincere condolences,

Yvonne Kaiser
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
I am so deeply sorry for the great loss to your family and to my dear friend Jenn. Justin had such a huge presence and I was happy to have known him even for a short time. We will all miss him and remember the good things that made him a great man to everyone who knew him.


Paul Hill (Cpl) retired, Military Police
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
I first want to send my condolence’s to Justin’s Family for your loss. Justin was an an amazing soul. I only knew him for a short time however being retired CF we know it does not take long to become close. May he Rest In Peace.

Audrey (Paul) Fowler
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
MCpl Paul Fowler and I (his wife) spent some time with Justin here in the Annapolis Valley - Our hearts are with you all .... hugs hugs hugs - I wish I could express more....

Barb O'Neill
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
heartfelt condolences Lisa on the incredible loss of your brother.. thoughts and prayers
sincerely Barb O'neill

Joe Walker
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
My condolences to Justin’s Family and to his many Military friends in the Fire Service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rest in Peace Justin.
God Bless!
---Joe Walker (Military Firefighter)

Gerry Webster
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Justin's death has really hit home and has saddened me deeply. Justin and I worked on the same crew in Greenwood only a few short years ago. He was a young Aviator and subsequently a Corporal at the time, who impressed many (including myself) with his steadfast determination to succeed and eventually be the best he could possibly be. The description provided in his obituary of his personality, loyalty and dedication, not only to duty, but his family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances, is quite modest in comparison to Justin's true self. Words do little to describe the "selfless heart of the man". Always there to volunteer with any venture or undertaking, Justin would step forward to help in any way he could, regardless of the task at hand. Whether at an emergency scene, a Muscular Dystrophy Carwash or Food Drive to support the local Food Bank, Justin was consistently there. Our world was much better off with Justin in it. I sincerely hope he has found solace on the other side. My deepest condolences to Justin's family, both immediate and extended. May He Rest In Peace.

The Canadian Military Engineers
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
The Canadian Military Engineers extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow.

Brigadier-General Steve M. Irwin, CD (Retired)
Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers
https://cmea-agmc.ca/cme-family-last-post

Keenan Smit
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Rest well my friend, you impacted and helped change my life. You will be missed by the wolf pack. To your family my condolences he will truly will be missed, that solice that he will never be forgotten and the impact he has made on friend family and co workers. Again my deepest regret on your lose.

Joe and Dorothy Worthington
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Our thoughts go out to you guys,,,, our deepest sympathies

Paul Carrigan
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Lisa and all, I am so sorry to hear of Justin's passing. He was such a gentleman. A beautiful person!

Olivia Dunphy
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
I spent some time with Justin in 2007 and 2008 I met him through mutual friends and he was one of the funniest loving caring people I have ever met. I lost touch with him throughout the years but he certainly wont be forgotten.

bradleyanthonyandrews
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
i was a friend of millis known em for god at least 20 years now he was such a good man a man i looked up to and respcted

Mark Austin
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Still hard for me to come to grips with Justin's passing. I had the pleasure to work with Justin at 14 Wing Greenwood. His personality was huge and always had a smile or his outstanding laugh could always brighten the room he was in.
My deepest condolences go to his family and friends.
He will be missed in the Canadian Forces and myself.
RIP BROTHER!!!!!!!

Sylvia Carter
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Sorry Yo hear about your brother my heart goes out to you and your family

Cynthia Townsend
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Please accept my condolences. Justin was an amazing roll model for my son, teaching him many lessons he is able to take forward in his own firefighting career. I had the pleasure of working with Justin while we were both posted to Borden. His laughter was infectious. My heart is heavy for all who knew him.

Courtney Roberts
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Justin was just like a little brother to me. He always was at our house growing up and I have so so many memories of Justin. He was literally the most caring and funniest guy. My heart broken. My deepest condolences to you all. RIP Justin until we meet again 💔

Courtney

Michelle MacLeod and family
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
We were shocked to hear of Justin’s passing. We use to drive Justin to hockey when he played with our son. He was a sweet kid and one of the most polite ones we ever met. We never heard him raise his voice or say a bad a word. A loyal friend for sure. He had a beautiful smile! Hugs to his family

Eric Brewer
   Posted Thu January 07, 2021
Condolences from my family to yours. Justin's passing has deeply touched my wife and I. I had the pleasure of working on Crew with Justin at 14 Wing Greenwood and subsequently he became a great friend of mine and my familys'. Such a friendly respectful funny and loyal gentleman. He will be missed and remembered by all.

Margaret Campbell Gallagher
   Posted Thu January 07, 2021
Justin was my grand nephew, I remember when he was born,a blessing to his Mom and sister.He made me feel so good when he visited me in Brooklyn, NS,with having three servings of the dinner I served, filling up those long legs..God bless him and our extended family that loved him so much..Aunt Margie.

Debbie McDonal
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
So very sorry to hear about Justin. Condolences to the family.

Greg Hynes
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
I was so proud of Justin when he told me he had joined the military. He was a wonderful young boy who became a wonderful young man. Judy and I are deeply saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,and may Justin rest in peace. All our love, Greg and Judy.

Sean McNeil
   Posted Mon January 11, 2021
My humble condolences to the Mills family losing Justin. I met him when I was living with Carol Tanner. He was a funny and outgoing guy. My heart goes out to all of your family during this sad time.

Corey MacDonald
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
Lisa and family...Let me first say I am so sorry. He was an amazing person. Justin and I met deployed in Romania in 2014. We became instant friends! We spent the whole summer together attached at the hip. Sitting on the stoop in the evenings laughing and joking or getting lost in a cornfield trying to take a shortcut home, we were always together. The military sent us our different ways after that but we still kept in touch as best we could. He is without a doubt one of the best. I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be in my heart.

candace Morgan
   Posted Fri January 15, 2021
I did not know Justin for very long, but the time we shared was special. Justin helped me through a tough time his strength and kindness left an impact on my heart i will never forget. I pray his sould is at peace and all his pain is gone. He will be missed.

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