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

"In great sadness and grief I give my warmest and full hearted words to the victims in the tragedy, their efforts and their passion in doing what they believe in shall always be remembered. They shall be an inspiration, a legend, a story that should be told to the world, to those who are fighting the same battle as everyone of us in WWF are fighting, the equality and the struggle to preserve our world, our wildlife and to make the world better in terms of educating our children and their children about mother earth, her wildlife and how to preserve it, to nurture what we have, to protect and respect the wildlife and what is left of it in the world today."

"They are not victims but our heroes who died tragically for what they believe in. Let their efforts be continued on and let us give them peace by doing so, keep fighting the battle that others may see worthless but in our hearts, we the people who are under WWF believe it is a cause worth fighting for. Like the heroes who died in the tragedy of 23rd September 2006, we shall keep on with our efforts to preserve our wildlife. If its not us, who else is out there to do so, WWF is not just a campaign, a label, a name, an organization, but it is a untiy of both men and women fighting for a greater cause."
Yatee Badaruddin from Brunei Darussalam (currently living in Melbourne, Australia)

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"I'm really sorry about the accident that killed many precious people. Its a big loss and very sad. I send my hearty condolences and may God bless their souls. Amen."
Sita Rahmah, Jakarta, Indonesia

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"There goes our fallen angles but your spirit and passion still goes on. You've made the world aware and think back as to what have they contributed to our mother earth. Rest well our heroes."
Karl Ng, Singapore

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"I am so sad when I heard of this tragedy. I feel close to those who are directly confronted with this loss of colleagues and relatives. I wish you strength to overcome this loss."
Bea Coolman, ex colleague and now working in DGIS

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"I have learnt this news today when I opened my mails, am sending my condolences to the affected families to be strong during this hard time of sorrow. These strong men will live for ever although they have met their death while doing good job for our environment."
Mr Kasela Muli, Mombasa, Kenya

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"I feel close to all the people that knew them and suffer for their loss, our loss, the Earth's loss. Let's do our best and continue their work!"
Adnana, Romania, Sf. Gheorghe-Tulcea

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"It is a sad day for all of us who work on conservation around the world. Even though I never met the victims of the accident, I share the grief of their families and their colleagues for the loss of such dedicated defenders of Nepal's natural resources."
Marcela Sanchez, INTA-BGCI, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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"I was very shocked to hear the tragic news. I don't know how to express my feelings of condolence for this. Anyway one thing for sure we have lost some members whom we considered as one among our family as they too worked for our mother Earth. We cannot do much for them again but always think and pray for them as they too worked for our achieving our aim. So let us consider them as our examples and can do as they did, work for our Earth."
Sharun. P. Varghese, India

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"I worked for WWF in the UK for eight years and knew Jill and Jennifer, and met Dr Chandra Gurung several times. I am so shocked and upset to hear the terrible news. All were dedicated conservationists with a passion for the planet and for life - we will miss them and Nepal will miss their commitment to that beautiful country and its special people. In love and light."
Karen Fogden, UK

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"Please receive my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your staff and colleagues and national associates in the tragic helicopter accident in Nepal."
Ann Snook, Maya Forest Manager, TNC

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"I would like to convey sympathies to members of the family & friend of your loss. I am deeply sorrowed."
Helen Mourfrage, St-Constant, Quebec, Canada

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"My deepest and sincere condolence to families and friends of all deceased in this tragic incident which left me shocked and helpless. I would like to plead to everybody in any area who is responsible to arrange such a remarkable event which involvea such a group of irreplaceable champions, please do so with maximum caution to avoid human error."

"I am speechless and thoughtless but at some moment I am forced to think that who on earth decided to charter that chopper which was not made to use in that high altitude. I know we can not blame anybody when TIME comes, but I just would like to bring it up because I could not erase the picture of that chopper from my mind. May their soul rest in peace. And may god bless rest of us to continue working hard to conserve this planet for FUTURE."
Anon., USA

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"My heartfelt sorrow to all whose lives these people have touched."
Sandra Shrieve, Bolton, Ontario, Canada

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"I wanted to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you at WWF on the loss of those aboard the helicopter, and to their families and loved ones. Great tragedy and loss!"
Elena Pintilie, Canada

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Words can not express my sadness at this tragic event. I knew Chandra from my work in his home village Sikles and I can not even begin to imagine the sense of loss, not only to his family and friends but to the whole of Nepal. Chandra, along with all those whose lives have been claimed, was committed to placing people at the very heart of conservation. The world needs more people like this not less. He was as inspirational as the mountains themselves, my heart is with you all in Nepal at this time.

Sara Parker, UK

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"My condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends and colleagues of those lost in this tragedy. I trust that their names and good work will always be associated, both officially and unofficially, with the wilderness they labored so diligently and successfully to preserve."
Dennis Johnson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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"It is with great sadness & our heartfelt condolences that is sent to the families of all those lost. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you."
Gayle Hoath, Montreal, Canada

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"The world is constantly changing but it often goes unnoticed until we lose such good, dedicated human beings. Thank you to all who supported these individuals so they could make such a difference for the rest of us. Empathy and good thoughts for the family and friends of these souls."
Shelley Ramsay and family, Yellowknife, NT, Canada

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"May the good Lord rest their souls and give their families strength in this time of lost, they will be greatly missed."
Julie, Ontario, Canada


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"What a terrible loss for your organization and the environmental movement. I hope their good work will be carried on by others in WWF. People like these truly make a fabulous contribution to the world. I suppose one consolation would be, like Steve Irwin, they died whilst participating in what they truly loved doing and believed in."
Anon.

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"It was with a deep sense of grief that I heard the news of the helicopter crash and the loss of so many who had done so much to promote wildlife preservation. My condolences to the families, friends organizations and ecosystems that have endured this tragedy. May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that their work made a difference to our home, the planet Earth."
Victoria Coates, Ontario, Canada

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"My deepest sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of those whose lives were lost in this terrible tragedy. They dedicated their lives to a noble pursuit. Let us never forget their contribution to helping save this wonderful planet!"
Fiona Million, Montreal, Canada

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"With great dismay we have learned about this tragedy. It is a great loss for those of us concerned about the world environment. Our hearts go out to their families."
Mary and Tomi Petr, Toowoomba, Qld., Australia

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"As your work is so vitally important to all of us and the future of our children, please accept our deepest condolences. The earth will miss you greatly."
Anon.

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"I am so sorry for the loss of all the WWF Supporters. My deepest sympathy goes out to all the families and friends. God bless all and continue to keep up the good work."
Tammy Hebert, Harrah, OK, USA

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"My heart goes out to the families and friends if the deceased. More, it weeps at the loss of lives and of generous and courageous people who go the full mile to make a better world to every one of us. I hope that the fact that they died while doing what they believed in brings them, and their loved ones peace."
Pedro Joao, Portugal


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"As your work is so vitally important to all of us and the future of our children, please accept our deepest condolences. The earth will miss you greatly."
Co-operative-Ontario, Canada

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"My heart goes out to all the families and friends of those who died in the crash. These men and women were able to see great things happen in order to save our wildlife, and in the end, become one with the beautiful surroundings of the mountains of Nepal. Their lives were fulfilled with wonderful times half way around the world, and were able to contribute to making the world a better place for us humans, as well as the wildlife around us. Lest We Forget...they helped make a difference."
Manda Bartholomew - London, Ontario, Canada

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"My deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends."
Lorraine Gauthier, Montreal, Canada


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You will embark on a fair sea, and at times there will be fair weather, but not always. You will meet storms and overcome them. You will take it in turns to steer your boat through fair weather and foul. Never lose courage. Safe harbor awaits you...in the end.

Daphne Du Maurer

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"Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Thank you for all you have done now and for the future. During this difficult time know that their short time on earth made a difference and we are so thankful for that."
Chris, Amanda, Sarah, Johanna and Stephanie D., Newmarket, Ontario Canada

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"Your work is your legacy... you will all live on in the hearts of those around the world, both human and animal."
Jen Hay, Toronto, Canada

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"I am so sorry to hear of the loss of so many good people. My deepest condolences go to their loved ones. But there is comfort in knowing they died doing the work they loved, and that they will inspire us and future generations for a long time to come."
Anon.

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"Thank you so much for your efforts and devotion to a cause that is so important to us, our children and grandchildren. You will not be forgotten, rest in peace."
Kandiss Bradley, Burlington, Ontario, Canada


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"I am very sorry to hear about this great tragedy. My condolences go out to their families and friends. These people truly were heroes, and will be remembered in the hearts of many people, and I would like to thank them for all that they did to make this world a better place through their work."
Erin, Winnipeg

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"I'm deeply saddened to hear about this tragedy, and I hope that everyone will be strong enough to get through this all. I give you all my support for the future and I also give you my deepest condolences"
Gina, South Korea

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"I would like to offer my condolences to the families. This is a great loss not only for you but the entire world, the environment and especially the animals. I am sad, but I know there is comfort in knowing that God will embrace each of you for all the good you have done for all mankind."
Cassandra Sarwan, Toronto Canada

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"I appreciate all the hard work that goes into what you are all doing. I'm sad to hear that you have lost so many lovely, hardworking people. my prayers are with you. thanks for your sacrifice and you're devotion. it doesn't go unnoticed. again, you are in my prayers."
Tina Guenther, Harrow, Ontario, Canada

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"Best way of remembering someone is to remember their life and work. It will be remembered."
Carlos R., Portugal

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I do not know Matthew Precce, but I know his mother & father very well. His life was cut short, but they will forever be an eternal family. God bless all the families who lost a loved one in this accident. May they be comforted in their time of need and know their loved ones have been called home to our Heavenly Father.

Ian W Tarrant

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