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

"My deepest condolences to the family of my dear friend Yeshi Choden Lama. I met Yeshi during our 40th PDM course, such a great loss to all of us. May peace reign in hearts of Yeshis's Family.  Love and prayers."
Tricia Aura twinkle Balo, Tacloban City, Philippines

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"It's hard to say words of wisdom and nurturing for people that were doing just that in the time of their tragedy, helping areas and things that can't help themselves. With what the hand of man is destroying and the wrath of nature is showing us this is a sign for all to take notice. I am sorry for the loss of the good people that are gone to this tragedy. The world needs to wake up and hear the cries of the world!"
Elizabeth Yumrutepe Hurst, TX, USA

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"Jennifer Headley was my former daughter-in-law and good friend. Jenn was an amazing, vibrant soul and I will miss her beaming smile and remember her with much fondness and love, forever."
Lynne McNamara, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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"It is with great sorrow and shock that I learnt of the tragedy. I was fortunate to meet and work with, in particular, Dr. Chandra Gurung and Mingma Sherpa, when at WWF International Asia/Pacific from 1997 to 2000. They were great persons, fully dedicated and committed. Their legacy in forging the WWF Nepal programme will be remembered. I join the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased in conveying my condolences and support."
Sylvie Goyet, France

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"I just wanted to send my condolences to the friends and family of those lost in this tragedy. I'm a small contributor in a small town but it may help to know that someone out here is praying for all of those who were lost. I strongly support the work of WWF and will continue to do so. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Nicole Stettler, Canada

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"Words can last for sometime but the memories and thoughts last forever. I would like to pray for the peace of their souls. Their work will never be forgotten. My condolences to the families."
Vivarna

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"I am so sorry that we lost such wonderful people in the accident. Those who lost their lives were pearls of this world. No one knows how long the nation will have to wait for such people to be born again. My heartiest condolences to all the people who lost them. My condolence to this nation. It happened as said by a Nepali poet, Aayo tappa tipyo chundera maarera mardaina to......No one knows where the death comes from it cannot be killed but kills other"
Dr. Dinesh Gyawali, Katmandu, Nepal

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"Through our tears, let us remember & honour those we lost in this terrible tragedy by helping to pursue and support the work that meant so much to them. I am personally so saddened by this loss, a loss which leaves no one untouched in this global village. Let us pay our respects by helping to continue this indispensable work, by helping to defend the wildlife and resources that these dedicated people gave their lives to protect. Condolences to all in the wildlife preservation community."
Kay Sibary, San Francisco

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"How blessed we were to have you part of our physical lives for so long, and I feel greater blessings today knowing that you are right by my side. The connections and emotions that have been shared between those who love you is incredible and a testament to the woman that you are and will continue to be. The legacy of love, spirit, a contagious laugh, and friendship are things that will never go away. You've taught us so many things and changed the world for many."
Rochelle, Toronto

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"This note is to join all the people saddened by the tragedy of WWF's team in Nepal. Warm regards to their friends and families."
Raffaella, Italy

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"I'm very sorry about what has happened though it was what God wanted. May their souls rest in peace."
Al-mubarak Athman Abubaka, Lamu, Kenya

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"I am deeply sorry for the loss of the families, but please be ensured that they will all be remembered and that theirs were not lives wasted."
Tara Darlow, London ON, Canada

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"My 16-month-old son would like to thank these people for their contribution towards making the planet a better place to have a future in."
Gino and son Matteo Ripoli, Edmonton, Canada

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"To Matt: Rose are red. Violets are blue. You made the world a better place. I will miss you."
KW, Nashville, TN

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"Truly respect them"
Annina Sundqvist, Finland

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I have lost my long time friend and brother-in-law Mingma Norbu Sherpa forever. Mingma and I have been together since we both attended Khumjung School, Ananda Kuti High School in Kathmandu, and Lincoln College in New Zealand. Because of him, I have settled my family in USA after serving 21 years as the park wardens of various national parks and reserve in Nepal. Mingma called me a day before he left USA for Nepal to say that he will participate in the program to hand over Kanchanjunga Conservation Area to the local community. I must say how proud he was of himself.

His legacy to nature conservation through peoples' participation goes back with the establishment of Annapurna Conservation Area, Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee in Sagarmatha National Park and now Kanchanjunga Conservation Area. Mingma was decorated with the service medal "SEWA PADAK" and Prabal Gorkha dakchin Bahu from His majesty the Late King Birendra for his conservation work in Nepal. Mingma had achieved many accomplishments during his career as conservationist. His loss will not only be a loss to our family, but a great loss to Nepal, Bhutan and WWF. Mingma's cheerful smile and quick decision making talent will be with us for ever. We share this great loss of mourning with Phurba, Dawa and Tenzing.

Nima, Mingma, Konchok, Namgyal and Dawa, Santa Barbara, California

"We pay our heartfelt condolences to the un thought miserable accident. Let us commit ourselves to follow the path they made."
Batabaran Chetinsil Samaj, illam

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"I express my deep sympathy and sympathy for the unnatural and untimely diminish of dignitaries, crew and WWF staff. May their soul rest in peace in heaven."
Mukunda Chaulagain, Lamatar Lalitpur

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"My sincere condolences to the families of these many fine people. I will say a prayer for all WWF people for their continued work and efforts on behalf of wildlife around the world."
Mimi Spencer, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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"Condolences to all those affected by this tragedy. We have my sisters funeral this week so my thoughts are joined with you in grief"
Pat, Toronto, Canada

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"My heartfelt condolences to the families on the untimely departure of their beloved on a tragic Helicopter Crash. This is a very sad loss  of dignitaries, who had contributed a lot in conserving nature in Nepal. I and all of our SOHAM Families join in paying tribute to the departed souls."
Jagat K. Bhusal, SOHAM, Nepal

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"Our heartfelt condolences to the families of all who died in this tragic accident. It was a great loss for Nepal in the field of Conservation."
Tenzing/Dadoma, NY, USA

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"Siento mucho esta trágica pérdida. Pierde el medio ambiente y perdemos todos con estas muertes."
María José Ruiz, SPAIN

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"Sorry for your loss guys."
Adam Richards

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"I wish to extend condolences and sympathy to the family and loved ones of the people who has lost their lives in such a tragic accident."
Anon.

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"I am so sorry for this tragic event - on a professional level, for the collective expertise and passion lost, and on a personal level for the families and colleagues of those lost."
Sharon, Adelaide, Australia

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"I want to express deep sorrow and heartfelt condolence on the untimely loss of all the respected persons in the accident. We have lost not only experts but also the good people who could help the needy. I also pray for the peace in the mind of the family members."
Swarup Paudel, Parbat, Nepal

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"They will be greatly missed."
AKM, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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"Nothing much to say. I am so sorry for everybody."
Atila Aypar, Northern Cyprus

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"Your passion and commitment for conservation across the globe is inspiring and I feel honored to have worked along side you. Peace to you all."
Laura, DC

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Matt Preece -You do not know me. But I know your family. I know I have never met you, but you have made a lasting impression on my life forever. I am a better person in knowing about you. Though you were taken from this earth at such a young age, you will be in my thoughts constantly as well as countless others. Thank you for changing my life for the better Matt, because of you I am a better person!

A Friend, Utah

"It was as much a shock to me as to everyone else in Nepal and especially to the WWF family. It was just a matter of two weeks that I had completed my internship with the WWF when this tragic incident happened. I must say that it was a privilege knowing Dr.Gurung and a pleasure knowing Jennifer and Yeshi. My condolences and payers to all the friends and families!"
Shikha Gurung, London, United Kingdom

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"Preecy, you will always be in my thoughts. I will forever miss your smile and your laughter, it was contagious. This was a tragedy that never should have happened. To those who have been affected by this tragedy my heart goes out to all of you. To the Preece family, thank you for all your kindness and love. I wish you all the strength during this hard time."
Melissa Yeager-Farfan, Chino CA (Brandeis Alum)

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"I just wanted to send my deepest condolences on the loss of your staff. There are no words to thank them for their work. May their dear souls rest In eternal peace."
Mahesh, Kathmandu, Nepal (Kathmandu University)

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"Ook de dood is niet gratis, het kost je het leven"
Jamie, Belgium

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"I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and fellow WWF staff for their loss in Nepal. This is also a great loss to the world and to humanity as a whole. I hope that WWF keeps up their brave and wonderful work. The world desperately needs you all."
M. Haskell, Windor, Ontario, Canada

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"May God be with you and all the wildlife you cared for."
Carol Lushear, Florida, USA

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"We wish all families, colleagues and other relatives of those who lost their lives in this horrible accident in Ghunsa, Nepal. I have worked several years under the leadership of Mingma Sir. He was always cheerful, encouraging, supportive and understood the work that we did. For me Mingma Sir was not just the boss but he was everything and I still don't believe that he has left us. Dr. Chandra, Jennifer and Yeshey will always be remembered. We will miss you all for our entire life but you all will always be in our heart. May God bless the departed soul."
Echay Kumar & family, WWF Bhutan Program

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"I was in Pugmo village in Dolpa for some research on Medicinal plants. We got unexpected news via Radio about the missing helicopter and that most of members who were onboard were from the WWF staff. Next Day we came to the Amchi Hospital Near Pugmo village supported by WWF Nepal and All the Amchis and other staff, they felt sad about the incident and decided to close the hospital for 7 days to pray to god for the deceased and their family members. They all are worried about the loss of such intellectual personalities and hope to be supported by WWF Nepal, whom they need very much. This message is on behalf of All Amchis from Dolpo."
Pema Tsering Lama, Baragaon VDC - 8, Humla District, Karnali

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"On behalf of myself and IATP, allow me to express my deepest sympathies to the staff of WWF Nepal and to the families of all of those on board the helicopter that crashed on September 23. Chandra Gurung was a good friend and colleague during my 7 years at WWF. His warmth, humor and conservation vision were a delight and an inspiration. I will always remember him in his national dress, since he was a champion of not only biodiversity but cultural diversity, always urging us to wear our national dress at WWF gatherings in celebration of the rich cultural heritages of our staff. I will miss him very much."
Jim Harkness (former WWF China Rep), President Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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