About 200 people packed a church Monday morning at CFB Petawawa to bid farewell to Warrant Officer Robert Wilson, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

The 37-year-old was remembered as a dedicated soldier, a respected leader, and a loving husband and father.

"He was working very closely with the Afghan National Army, mentoring them on a daily basis," said Col. Dean Miller, the commander of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.

Wilson was serving his second tour in Afghanistan when he, along with Cpl. Mark McLaren and Pte. Demetrios Deplaros, were killed by an improvised explosive device on Dec. 5.

Wilson also worked with young army cadets in Pembroke.

The funeral procession moved to Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa for Wilson's burial.

With a report from CTV Ottawa's Vanessa Lee