Update: On Friday, May 21, 2021, a memorial service celebrating the life and service of Sergeant Steve Carter took place at Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home, followed by a procession to St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Do to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance to the service was limited, however, a livestream of the service was provided online and widely shared by Kingston Police and the many locally wanting to honour Sgt. Carter. That livestream is available here for the next two months.
And while the local community respected the protocols in place and the wishes voiced by Kingston Police for members of the public to refrain for attending the services or Kingston Police Headquarters, many still found their own pandemic-safe ways to pay tribute to Carter. The following is a selection of photos of the procession along Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard on the afternoon of May 21, 2021.
The Kingston Police Force is mourning the loss of one of its officers. Sergeant Steve Carter passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the age of 46.
“We are all greatly saddened by the sudden passing of Sergeant Steve Carter. Steve has been part of our Kingston Police family as a police officer since March 1999 and before that as a son of one of our retired members,” Chief of Police Antje McNeely said in a statement to Kingstonist.
“Compassionate, smart, responsible, humble, and a true team player, he will be sorely missed, not only as a valued member of our organization, but also as a trustworthy friend,” McNeely added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Amy, Cole, Maddie, Rick, Karen, and all their families during this difficult time.”
But it’s not just members of the Kingston Police Force shocked and saddened by Carter’s passing. Before his time on the Kingston Police Force, Carter played junior hockey with the Belleville Bulls and Kingston Voyageurs. He later played professionally with the Fort Worth Fire, and Fort Worth Brahmas.
“Devastated to hear about police Sgt. and former Belleville Bull, Fort Worth Brahma D-man Steve Carter’s passing,” Tweeted Queen’s University Women’s Hockey Assistant Coach, Jamie McKinven. “Carts was one of the biggest influences in my life as my D coach in Jr. An amazing man. My prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues. #RIPCarts“
Members of the Kingston Police Force also paid tribute to their fallen brother on social media.
“Truly hard to find the words. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family my friend. My brother,” Tweeted Kingston Police Sergeant Harry Brewer.