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

"Apologies for the late message, have been out of touch. I cannot express enough my sorrow at the loss of those in the crash. My sincerest condolences to the loved ones of those lost. It is tragedy in more than one sense."
Natasha, Ireland

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"This was a terrible tragedy, my heart goes out to all involved. Thank you for all you have done for humanity."
Nancy Fournier, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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"Let them now become spirits of the mountains and protect many more animals in the years to come."
Nikkole Myerscough, Canada

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"Syvin osanottoni kaikille niille, jotka menettivät läheisen kyseisessä turmassa."
Matilda, Finland

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"Estoy apenado por esta tragedia. A las familias les hago llegar mis sentidos pésames y mis deseos de paz y aceptación de esta terrible pérdida."
Lincoln Quevedo, Bolivia

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"For all those who remain, I am deeply sorry for your incredible loss. What an intolerable tragedy. Life can feel meaningless and cruel at a time like this. I wish those who continue to work at WWF and family of those who have died, strength and support. I am a colleague of Jennifer Headley's mother."
Tammy Marcus, Toronto, Ontario

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"I express my deepest condolence to the families, friends and colleagues of all who died in the recent tragic helicopter accident in Nepal. As a member of WWF family it is very much difficult for me to express our greatest lost in words. Their dedication and commitment towards conservation always will inspire to all of us in the global conservation communities. I pray to the almighty for the eternal peace of the departed souls. I always remember the memories with the dear friends of WWF Nepal office during my last visit to Nepal and may the almighty give them a tolerable strength during this difficult time. "
P.J. Bora, KKL Programme, WWF India

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"I am so sorry to hear of the staff and crew deaths. I will remember their contribution and tell people about their work."
Joan Stein, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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"I am very sad to hear this news. These were obviously very dedicated and loving souls and I am sorry to hear of their deaths. This planet could use more people like them, it is such a shame."
Alanna, Courtenay British Columbia

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"My sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to all the families and friends during this difficult time."
Van P. Agioritis Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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"To WWF, to the relatives of those who were in the helicopter, let  condolences reach you from a nature and wildlife lover and defender, as people who work for our natural world leave a heritage of good living and hope for future generations. Your loved ones will not be forgotten. Thanks to all of them for helping towards a Beautiful World to live."
Marcela Ruiz, Mexico City

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"To the families, friends and colleagues of those that passed away in the tragic flight in Nepal, My heart goes out to you all. This earth has lost some of its biggest supporters."
Philadelphia, PA

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"My deepest condolences for this tragic incident. The best recognition for these great people and WWF members would be to fight for a better planet and conservation."
Fernando Trajano Lima, Portugal

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"I didn't know these people but I am sure that they were dedicated conservationists. I fell terribly sorry about the loss."
Aga, Poland

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"Please accept my condolences, I'm truly sorry for your loss. This is not an easy time, but let us reflect back on the great works these wonderful people have done for the animals. It is embedded in my memory that they will not be forgotten. God Bless"
Wendy Martin, Calgary, AB, Canada

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In Mingma's Memory! One early September afternoon, a picnic with friends & Families turned into an in-house food fiesta due to an inclement weather at the Sherpa Residence in Falls Church, Virginia. I noticed that afternoon, Mingma was subtly in control. He was making sure that children were joyfully engaged and adults were busy in socializing and conversation. He made sure his guests were served well. Busy in his balancing act and duties, he would join us adults in conversations on and off. We had already started talking about how we would organize the next picnic. Ladies had proposed that the men would have to prepare the food in the next picnic. Men were taking turns to respond.

When Mingma joined in the conversation, he promptly and confidently said, "What would you all like to have - Hot dogs, Corn-on-the-cob? I will fix whatever you would like to have." He added laughter in the conversation. Then, he gave us that wonderful smile of his going on to another activity. As the afternoon looked fair, he proposed a walk in the Great falls Park the original location of this picnic. He had proposed a picnic at this park even in the previous years. We however decided to walk the W&OD trail, which he accepted without any problem. He led us to the trail that nice afternoon. While everyone enjoyed a Sherpa treat indoors and outdoors, I also enjoyed my conversation with him about our children. Thinking through my association with Mingma, I realize that he never mentioned or mixed his achievements in our conversations as so called elites tend to do, although he was a highly decorated Sherpa, a highly recognized international conservationist, and an extremely popular person among the people he served. He championed "Conservation with a human face" as a WWF Executive. Outside South Asia, his associations extended from Sir Edmund Hillary to Senator Hillary Clinton. Mingma's professional journey is featured in the book Sir Edmund Hillary & the People of Everest by Anne Keiser and Cynthia Ramsay, which chronicles Sir Edmund Hillary's mission and accomplishments. In his testimony to the U.S. Congress (September 2004) he shared his vision for the Eastern Himalayas.

 On that tragic Saturday (23rd. September, 2006) among others he was returning from a handover of a successful project under that Vision. With all these achievements, Mingma exemplified humility. An overview of his work reveals that Mingma served his profession diligently, honestly, courageously and passionately. He was a man of virtues with which he also served his family, friends, community and his people. A Sherpa who was born in the shadows of Mt. Everest left his body in the shadows of Mt. Kachenjunga, but for all his services, he will be remembered forever. I pray to the Lord for the eternal peace of Mingma's departed soul and beg for blessings to Phurba (his wife), Dawa (daughter), Tenzing (son) and other members of the bereaved families. May Lord bless us all with strengths for we must deal with Mingma's absence!

Dr. Damber K. Gurung, Fairfax, Va

"Un recuerdo emocionado hacia nuestros amigos, que en su lucha por conservar este planeta han pagado el más alto precio, su vida. Como tantos antes que tuvieron también que pagar...siempre estarán en nuestros corazones. Gracias a todos ellos por darnos la esperanza de que otro mundo es possible."
Juanjo, Spain

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"What a terrible loss to both conservation and humanity. My heartfelt thanks for all they achieved."
Patricia Walters, Queensland, Australia

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"My condolence to the heroes and to their families"
Bilel Saadallah, Tunisia

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"It is so tragic when people who are dedicated to a great cause pass away. My heart goes out to their family and friends"
Amy Horner, Ontario Canada

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"I wish to offer my condolences to both the families and colleagues at WWF and to say thank you for their dedication towards improving our world."
Andrea, Ontario, Canada

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"This was a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the families. The world is a better place because of such dedicated wonderful people. We will remember them just by the work they have done to make this a better world."
Valerie Martineau Quebec, Canada

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"My heart aches for the families who have lost their loved ones. My heart aches all the more knowing that the planet and its creatures have lost important, dedicated advocates. To all these people, I express my deepest gratitude for their efforts and their sacrifices towards making this world a better place. "
Sarah, Ottawa, Canada

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"Mr. James P. Leape - I'm sorry about the tragedy. The lives and work of the 7 partners who died in the 23rd September helicopter crash, must be an inspiration for us to continue working towards conserving nature. "
Luis Fernando Ponce, Puerto Inca, Peru

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"It is with great sadness that I feel for the loss of these people. There are far too few people who dedicate their lives for this cause. I will continue to support these causes in whatever way I can. Please give my heartfelt message, that these people will be remembered as those who have made a difference and will continue to do so in their memory."
Julie Zanewick, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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"I would like to send my condolence to the great loss of our national & international conservationists in the helicopter crash in Dhunsa, Taplejung. Let's pray that their soul rest in peace and sympathy to their family. Let us join our hands to fulfill the dream of these conservationists who left the mission on our shoulders."
Manjur Ahamad, B.Sc. Forestry, IOF Hetauda, Nepal

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"Je présente mes condoléances à toutes les familles des victimes de cette terrible tragédie. La mort des ces personnes qui ont oeuvré pour sauver notre planète et pour offrir un meilleur avenir aux futures générations est une perte énorme."
Anne Donohue, France

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"We in Nova Scotia are deeply saddened to learn of this great loss to  WWF and to the planet. With deepest sympathies to the families and the friends of these remarkable people. How fortunate we were to have had them in our midst, if only for a short while."
Janet Baker, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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"Sincerest condolences for family, colleagues and friends of those taken in the mountains of Nepal. Their legacy will live on for generations to come, taken up by those left to carry on without them. We must all do our part, in any small way we can, to ensure we don't let them down."
Gillian Barkshire, Ontario, Canada

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"Sorry will never be enough - but their memories will last forever"
Cherith, Canada

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"Je présente mes sincères condoléances aux familles et aux Institutions des personnes décédées suite au crash de l'hélicoptère au Népal. Toutes les personnes qui se battent pour la conservation des ressources naturelles sont touchées par cette douloureuse perte. Je souhaite que cette perte nous encourage davantage à persévérer dans notre mission de conservation pour le bénéfice des générations futures."
Assane Goudiaby, Sénégal

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My condolences to all relatives and friends. I still can't believe that these wonderful people are not with us anymore. I will keep their example in mind while continuing my journey on this planet they helped protect. Chandra: I will always remember your impressive, graceful leadership style. Jill: your combination of passion for your work and calm in the way you presented yourself inspired me. Mingma: I didn't know you very well, but know your work was incredibly important, in both your countries. Jennifer: I admire your work, and the pictures of the handover ceremony are exactly as I remember you: always with a smile. I bow respectfully and hope one day we will meet again.

Miriam van Gool, WWF Netherlands

"Dear WWF, I was very sorry to hear the tragedy. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your bereavement!"
Krisztina Bereczki, Hungary

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"I am very sad to hear about this tragedy. The world needs people like the ones who died on 23rd Sept, they are worth their weight in gold and more. The only thing I can say is they died doing something they love. Hopefully in a few years the family's will remember their great lives not their deaths."
Neil Aylward, United Kingdom

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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. I will miss our overseas calls just to talk about the crazy balance we try to seek as women every day! I'll miss our spa days and sushi lunches downtow and our deep chats in bath robes on how we're going to change the world in the next ten years.

Our airport meet ups to get a quick 30 minutes with each other before another adventure began. I walked away from McMaster with the single most important accomplishment bar none, our friendship. I feel your bear hugs, I hear your beautiful singing voice, and I remember every WWF adventure you've described. In the past five days – you have continued to impact my life. I've met and interacted with a kind, compassionate family of individuals who loved you in the same way. I love you. We all love you, but you are still with me – I feel it now more than ever"
Rochelle, Toronto, Canada

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"I am very sorry for your loss. I greatly appreciate what your family members were doing in trying to save different species around the world and support it 100%. They made changes in the world and more and more people should be a part of that. They won't be forgotten and their dedicated work will live on."
Nicole, Toronto, Canada
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"How sad I was to hear of the death of my former colleagues. For now, I cannot look at the mountains behind our house without thinking of this tragic accident in one of the most strikingly beautiful places I have ever seen. My deepest sympathy goes to the families and friends of those who died. A special thanks to you, Mingma, for all you taught me about conservation. Everyone who knew you will continue to be inspired by your life and ideals."
Holly Strand, Logan, Utah, USA

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"I heard about this tragedy this morning on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" in Oregon, USA. I can't stop crying."
A. Kaye; Oregon, USA

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"This is a huge loss for Nepal and conservationists worldwide. Hopefully this tragedy can be source of inspiration for everyone in Nepal to put aside inner animosities and work towards taking care of Nepal as an unique place on the planet for its nature and geography. Those who had to pay with their lives were working for that same cause. I had the privilege to meet Dr Chandra Gurung many times during my stay in Tokyo. He was a very passionate person and was true Nepali in every sense - memory of him initiating dancing on Madal's tune in a Tokyo park for Dashain celebration will stay with me forever."
A Pant, San Francisco, CA

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"I'm so sorry. I appreciate everything your loved one has done. All my love."
Nicky, Brampton, Ontario

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