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

"This is a great loss. Not only to the WWF and the families of the deceased but to the whole world. The job that these people were doing deserves our greatest appreciation. May god rest their souls and give WWF the strength and support to keep on doing the great work they do."
Nicolas Nasrallah, Ottawa, Canada

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"So sorry for your loss. This is a great tragedy."
Bethany manser, Ontario, Canada

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"Their dedication will inspire. Their work will continue. Their memory will endure forever. Please accept my condolences and find solace in the fact that they will never be forgotten."
Dana Blackwell, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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"We have lost some very special people. My sympathy and condolences go out to their families and loved ones. Their work will be remembered and appreciated, always."
Diane Winsor, Ontario, Canada

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"Sincere condolences to the families. I believe one of the victims was a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg."
Kate Golden, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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"I just wanted to send my deepest condolences to all of the families who lost loved ones in this most unfortunate accident. My sympathy also goes out to the WWF staff who lost co-workers and dear friends. It is very sad when something like this happens, but we can all be very proud of them because of their success in the fight for conservation. They were doing the job they believed in and for this we can all be very grateful."
Jennifer Culleton, Ottawa, Canada

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"I am saddened by the loss of so many people committed to conservation. Jill Bowling among them, was here in Oregon and was recognized as a visionary and leader."
Shawn Morford, Forest Grove, Oregon

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"To the families - I offer my most heartfelt condolences. It is people like your loved ones that inspire the rest of us to be the best people we can be. Please don't forget this. They were doing something important that they believed in and there is heroism in that."
Christine Andrews, Canada

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"These people led such fulfilling lives and helped out with such a great cause. They will be missed by not only people, but by nature."
Tara Hanley, Oshawa, Ontario Canada

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"For the family, friends & co-workers of those lost in the crash: I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Please know that I greatly admire your loved ones for their valuable & noble work towards a great & important cause. I wish their story did not have this ending. May you find comfort & peace."
Katherine Russell, London, Ontario, Canada

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"This is a tragic, tragic loss, and I hope their great work will be recognized for years to come."
Brian, Ottawa, Canada

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"Please accept my sincere condolences for your losses. My prayers are with you and your families. May you find strength and healing in the knowledge that your loved ones have made this Earth a better place."
Shannon Granum, Alberta, Canada

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"My deepest condolences to the colleagues, families and friends of the deceased."
Rosa Málaga, Perú

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"People like these have enriched our world and it is a huge loss to us here, to no longer have them. I appreciate them and what they did even though I never personally knew them."
Kelly Kemp, Canada

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The loss of the courageous lives that were taken in the helicopter crash is a blow to everyone who cares about conservation, but the greatest impact will be to the environment and species they committed their lives to try and save. Hopefully, there will be someone to step up and fill their shoes so that their courage and committment will not have been in vain.

Tracy Panchuk, Windosr, Ontario, Canada

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"I would like to send my condolences to the family members of our lost friends. All their work will and shall be remembered always."
David, Toronto, Ontario. Canada


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"Too soon and with so much more that they would have accomplished. I pray that the torch they carried will still be held high and their work will not be soon forgotten."
Michael Harding, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

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"Our sincere condolences to all families. This is indeed a tragedy."
Böhler-Uddeholm Limited


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"I'm sorry to hear of this sad event. It is unfortunate that this has happened to people that do such positive things in a world of negativity. My condolences go out to friends, family and co-workers of the victims."
Krissy Proctor, Barrie, ON, Canada


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"That is a terrible loss, and I feel sad for the families, friends, and colleagues of that crash. Makes you wonder sometimes when people are trying so hard to do good in this world, then something like this happens, Why? Well if there is anything and I mean ANYTHING I could do to help, please call e-mail me."
Tamara Siwicki, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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"Please accept my most sincere condolences on the tragic deaths of so many dedicated and committed individuals. It saddened my heart to hear about this accident and would like the friends and families of the victims to know that they are in my heart."
Karen Marsh, Canada

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"It broke my heart to hear of the crash. It is so unfair when we lose those who make such a difference in our world. We can take comfort in knowing that their love and dedication to our world and it's beautiful creatures, will live on in memory."
Sherri, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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"My sincere condolences to the families and friends of these passionate, caring, and responsible conservationists who dedicated their lives to helping wildlife and securing a healthy environment for all living things. Rest in peace dear friends."
Sharon White Writer Ottawa, ON, Canada

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"To all family members, you should feel proud for the super important work they were doing. It is a great loss and my family joins your feelings in this moment."
Eduardo Cartin, Costa Rica


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"The entire world has experienced and should grieve the loss of these conservationists. To their families, thank you for generously giving your children, spouses, and family members to this most worthy cause. Their work will not be forgotten."
Deidra Gosselin, Winnipeg, MB, Canada


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"So sorry to hear about the loss of such great people. Their work and their efforts will always be remembered."
Soniya and Karen Brar, Ontario, Canada


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"These tragedies hinder the best people in leaving the world a little bit sweeter. May the effect they had on our people and processes continue to ripple outward and outward."
Anon.


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"I would like to send my sincere condolences to the families of those that have been lost by this terrible tragedy."
Sam Maki, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada


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"No person is ever truly alone. Those who live no more, Whom we loved, Echo still within our thoughts, Our words, our hearts."
Ilona Szymak, Brampton, ON


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Such devastating news for WWF and global conservation as a whole, tragedy of huge proportions with the loss of so many magnificently dedicated, talented people in one single terrible event, some were dear friends. Knowing Kangchenjunga region as I do, they died doing what they enjoyed, in a beautiful wild place where they wanted to be part of, doing a brilliant job as ever, their spirits now running free, what more can you ask of a life devoted to saving this planet. Immensely saddened at this grievous loss to all the families, in particular those of dear friends whose memory.

I shall always cherish - Jennifer - such a lovely, warm, kind, giving person - loved her sparkle, company, personality and quite extraordinary dedication to the work she loved - we had some fun times together - shall miss her very much. Deepest condolences to her family in Canada. Chandra - greatly honoured to have known him, valued his friendship, also kindness to me when in Kathmandu - a man of great charisma, charm and worldwide stature as a brilliant conservationist, an ideas man - an irreplaceable loss for Nepal,indeed for all of us - I will treasure his memory.

Deepest condolences to his family and his WWF colleagues, many of whom I have met. I also met Yeshi Lama, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Gopal Rai - wonderful, important people. Nepal will surely miss them. WWF - a great world force for conservation has many magnificent people to carry on its great global work in spite of this terrible event. God speed in that.

Richard Campbell-Jackson, WWF Donor

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"I was hoping against hope that the helicopter had been forced to land but that all aboard would be safe. It is so difficult to deal with a loss of this magnitude."
Judith Sharp, Yellowknife, NWT


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"Your co-workers and family members will be missed by many for all the hard work and dedication they put into their passion for wildlife and the environment. They are truly heroes and will be remembered as such by all those who benefited by what they have accomplished. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of great sadness."
Tanya Kinderwater, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

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"I would like to pass along my condolences to the families of all involved in this tragic event."
Dave Scott London, Ontario, Canada

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"With deepest sorrow I, who knew none of these people, send my sympathy to those who knew and loved them. Their work is inspirational, their death so very sad."
Lorraine Code, Toronto, Canada


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"I offer my sincere condolences to each family who lost a loved one in this tragedy. We will never forgot them and their spirit will live on within each of us forever. May their loss not be in vain as we move forward to attain their lofty goals. God bless you all."
David Stephenson, Chambly, Quebec, Canada

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"Sending my condolences for the crew and WWF staff that were aboard the helicopter that crashed in Nepal. My heart goes out to the other staff, family and friends. The work that these people are doing is changing our world! It's such a tragedy to lose these kind of people! My deepest sympathies!"
Melissa Hamer, Ontario, Canada

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"I just wanted to offer my condolences to the families and friends of the unique group of people who dedicated themselves to making this world a better place."
SD, Edmonton, AB

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"As a long time WWF member, it deeply saddens me that a group of good people lost their lives on a successful mission to Nepal. It is said that only the good die young, but that doesn't take away the hurt, pain and anger that luved ones have to endure in dealing and accepting their loss. To the WWF and the family and friends of those who tragically lost their lives my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and yours."
Shauna McCreedy, Toronto, ON

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"I would like to thank the families of Chandra Gurung, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Harka Gurung, Yeshi Lama, Jill Bowling Schlaepfer, Jennifer Headley and Matthew Preece. There are few people in the world that are willing to dedicate their lives to such a noble and much needed cause. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for raising and nurturing such wonderful individuals. Their lives were not lived in vain."
Shannon Calgary, AB


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My wife Karen and I were deeply shocked by the tragic loss of so many of our good friends and persons dedicated to making Nepal and the world a better place. We had the pleasure of working with the government of Nepal and WWF over the last fifteen years. All we can hope for is that the work of the fine people lost on September 23 will continue. Our deepest sympaties to the relatives, associates, and friends of those lost.

Michael E. Malinowski former U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, now Deputy Commandant for International Affairs, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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