Helicopter Tragedy, Nepal 2006: Book of Condolences: Messages so far

"My condolences to the WWF, Nepal conservationists and families."
Teet Koitjärv, Estonia

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"All of us at the Wildlife Conservation Society send our deepest and most heartfelt concern and support to the family and friends of those who were lost in the crash. This is a huge tragedy, not only for all those people affected, but also for conservation in Nepal. So much is owed to these valued friends and colleagues, and this accident robs us of so much of what we aspire to and what we treasure. What sorrow."
John G. Robinson, Wildlife Conservation Society

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"My deepest sympathies to all families that have been affected by this tragedy, including the WWF family."
Carleen Beynon, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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"A great loss to everyone who cares about the world around us. Sadly missed."
Katie, Ireland

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"My Condolences to families, and WWF."
Miroslav Drapic, Serbia

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"Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe that God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. My deepest condolences to their families and colleagues."
L. Peters, El Salvador, Central America

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"I am so sorry to hear this, I really hope the environment will recover, as well as hoping the people who helped this environment are in a better place."
Ben, New Zealand

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"Please forward my sympathy to the families of those involved in the crash. Although I don't know the individuals, anyone active in conservation is truly inspired and a gift to humanity. Their efforts and successes will always be remembered. May those left behind revel in the joyous spirit and love shown by these conservationists for Mother Nature and all her beauty."
Sheila Silva, Docent @ Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI, USA

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"My deepest condolences to the relatives and WWF's workers. May God have them in their glory."
Flor de María Robles, SNV, Perú

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"The Wildlife Conservation Society mourns the loss of our colleagues, and friends, in this tragic accident. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who perished. The death of so many conservation leaders, the single worst accident in conservation history, is a loss to Nepal, to global conservation efforts, and to the specific conservation and government organizations for whom they worked."
Anon.

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"I am very sorry to hear about this loss. It is a terrible thing to lose those who make it their life to help the wilderness and the wildlife."
Barbara Paolini, Calgary, Canada

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"I was absolutely stunned when I heard the news of the helicopter crash. What a useless loss to so many people as well as to the environment. I send my deepest condolences and prayers with hope that the most important work in Nepal can be continued in their memory."
Doreen Forbes, London, Ontario, Canada

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"I hope the following helps carry a little of the load for the friends and family of these remarkable individuals."
Diane Penney, Australia

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"My utmost sincere condolences to the families of the passengers and crew. In this time of mourning we must remember that although we've lost great human beings, they are examples of conscientious people whose footsteps we must follow in the struggle to save this beautiful planet. We must now think positively and believe they are in a better place, they are in God's hands."
Tania Martinez, University of California, Santa Cruz, California

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I may be unknown to WWF but my thoughts are in unison with everyone else's. I have always deeply admired the love WWF has for our world. I offer my condolences to the families of the fallen heroes, their legacy will never be forgotten. I pray for the well-being of the families who have suffered, and for the well-being of WWF. May the Lord help you in your endeavors.

Ali, Canada

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"It is such a tragedy that this accident has taken away a group of people so passionate about the environment. They won't be forgotten. My thoughts are with their friends and families."
Margaret Forrest, Brisbane, Australia

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"My deepest sympathies to the Headley family. I spent all day this past Saturday with Deidre, as bridesmaids at my brother's wedding. Deidre was aware that her sister, Jennifer was missing but kept this to herself as not to worry her best friend, who was to be married on Saturday. My prayers are with the Headley's."
Trish Mooney, London/Ontario/Canada

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"I am extremely sorry. My condolences to all family members and to WWF."
Eduardo Bedoya Garland, Lima, Peru

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"I would just like to offer my condolences to all the families and friends of the victims. Their fight for wildlife will continue and the work they have achieved will never be forgotten."
Joanne Lonergan, New Zealand

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"My deepest condolences."
Ondina

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"I am very sorry for this loss. Their efforts will for ever be remembered and will hopefully live on for decades to come."
Thelma Zambrano, Mexico

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"I offer my condolences to the families, and colleagues of these dedicated people, who lost their lives over the land they loved so much. It is truly sad that always the outstanding ones, who try to make a positive difference, depart before time. May God bless them."
Krisztian Gyöngyi (Hungary), University of Kent, UK


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"May God have them in his Glory forever, and let them become angels who help us in our fight for Nature."
Rodolfo Sanchez, San Cristobal, Venezuela

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"My deepest condolence, its people like you the real heroes of this world, you fight for what cannot defend it self and for what should be our greatest treasure for that alone I am forever grateful."
Jennifer Pla de Connelly

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"I did not personally know those 24 exceptional people whose physical presence ended in the crash in Nepal. I thank each one of you for the profound work you have done together to preserve, in a sustainable and nature filled way, this amazing earth for us all."

"My heartfelt support goes to all family members and community grieving their loss. I have read the sincere comments contributed by friends and colleagues - each one talks of the great spirit with which these outstanding, inspiring, dedicated people lived. I am deeply touched as I feel I too, have met these leaders dedicated to life itself. As a result, I take now, a more concious step to follow more actively in their footsteps and have their remarkable spirits live each day in my actions inspired by their example."

"Thankyou to those who died for the immense contribution each has made to preserving the vitality and diversity of this planet and its inhabitanats - human, animal, bird, plant, rock, river - thankyou those who will continue this challenging work, thankyou to those who write personally about those who died, giving us a window of opportunity to step through and become more active by following in their footsteps any small or big way we can - that way each of those special individuals lives on - thankyou to the great and mighty Kanchenjunga."
Amanda, Bronte Gully, Sydney, Australia

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"How disturbing, to loose not only these fantastic people who dedicated themselves to wildlife, but also Steve Irwin. At least heaven can enjoy those fantastic humans that make me hopeful for humanity. How can they ever be replaced?"
Lisa Clarke, Broken Hill, Australia


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"I am sorry for the accident that has occurred. There has been great loss in the field of conservation."
Anon.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with all at WWF and the families and friends of colleagues lost in Nepal. Sincere condolences."
Michael and Boronia Chilcott, Sydney, Australia

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"I'm so sorry. I will pray for them."
Linzi, 8th grade, Oklahoma, USA

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This note is to express my deepest condolences towards the families, friends and the team members, volunteers and other supporters that make up the various WWF offices around the world both regional and national. The fight to protect our global natural environment and resources will go on no matter what happens, even when a tragedy like this occurs.

Mike Cole - Volunteer, WWF Canada

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"My deepest condolences go to all the families and friends in the face of this immensely tragic event. The conservation community is a family unto itself and the loss of such an amazing group of individuals saddens me deeply. And although I knew none of them personally, I "know" the sincere dedication they all surely had to their work ran deep. The legacy of their hard work and aspirations will live on...and we all appreciate their dedication and risks taken to accomplish the conservation work at hand. Peace and blessings to all."
N. Hadley, The Nature Conservancy, USA

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"You are our spirit, we will remember you!"
Dao Dao, Australia, Mel

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"This is a tragic loss not only for the families for whom it will be most deeply felt, but also to my country and to the world of conservation and development at large. Many among whom we lost were visionaries and implementaries who had great hearts. We deeply mourn their loss and offer my heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and colleagues. We will hope to keep their work alive as they will have wished."
Nalini Chhetri, Arizona State University, USA

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"My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the Nepal tragedy. May God bless their souls."
Ishak Ariffin, Kuala Lumpur

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"I am saddened by this news. To lose so many people in a mission to save the earth is a major loss. My condolences to the family of the victims. Thank you very much for all that you have done."
Tjoan Lie, Australia

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"I was appalled and sickened by the news. We owe it to the dead to do make a even greater effort to make the planet cleaner safer place for all species."
Mr Leslie Ewan, Scotland, UK

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"My greatest condolences for all the families of those who perished in the helicopter accident. I've read they were great workers for our cause, I hope their death was not in vain."
Rae Irim, Santiago, Dominican Republic


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"My condolence. I'll be praying for these people who died. I hope God will console their families. Their contribution to environmental conservation and to the whole world will never be forgotten."
Melanie Guevarra, Philippines

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"I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our conservation colleagues. My heartfelt condolences and sympathy to their families and friends."
Nick Conner, Sydney, Australia

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The Lord works in mysterious ways and, in this case, our loss must have been because he had a higher need. I know he smiles down on all of those committed to saving this planet and its inhabitants, and I hope that this knowledge helps to relieve your burden of grief.

Linda MacDonald, Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Canada

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