Reservist Kirby Tott's military funeral held in Prince George, B.C.

08/05/2015 08:00 EDT | Updated 08/05/2016 05:59 EDT
More than 800 mourners gathered under grey skies in Prince George, B.C. on Wednesday for the funeral of Canadian soldier Kirby Tott. 

Tott, a 25-year-old prison guard and a reservist with the Rocky Mountain Rangers, died suddenly during training exercise at the Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba. He was learning to reinforce a trench when he collapsed suddenly.

An autopsy is underway to determine the cause of death.

On Wednesday, uniformed soldiers, prison guards, and veterans accompanied Tott's casket in a block-long parade through the streets of Prince George.

His family remembers Tott as a man with a kind heart, infectious smile, and a sarcastic sense of humour. 

Clara Archibald joined the Rocky Mountain Rangers at the same time as Tott and came to his funeral to say goodbye.

"He was a very funny person, very enjoyable to be around, and he really knew how to pick your spirit up if you were ever feeling down," she said.