Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thierry is gone

This picture was taken today from the deck of the Bobbie Burns Lodge, where Thierry worked as a guide for over 25 years. Pretty much at the same time Thierry passed away in his home in Invermere, about 80 km behind those mountains. Our spirits were with him.In the evening after a great day of skiing in the north Selkirks, Thierrys favorite place, everyone who knew him up here lit a candle to lighten up his journey. Since I'm not good with words I pasted a statement of Rob Rohn below, which pretty much sums up my feelings. "Another good one gone"
Hello everyone – Earlier today our good friend, colleague and mentor Thierry Cardon passed away at his home in Invermere after a relatively short battle with cancer. Our hearts and best wishes go out to his wife Sylvie (yes they were married last week!) and his daughters Emily and Gillian.
Dr. Jeff Boyd and Anne-Marie Fischer were with Thierry and Sylvie during his last hours, and Roko has been a constant companion and helping hand over the last several weeks. Many thanks to them, and to all of you who helped out in so many ways. Let’s not forget that Sylvie will need all our love and support through the tough times ahead.
Thierry always lived life on his terms, including those final days. I feel very fortunate to have worked closely with him over many years. I learned so much – about guiding, about the mountains, and about life and myself. I left him after my last visit feeling inspired by his personal strength and his serenity and courage. It was wonderful to reminisce and laugh with him. He had no regrets. He was headed on his greatest expedition yet. Take care my friend; I have no doubt that you’ll reach the summit.
Let’s all take some time to reflect on and share the special times we spent with Thierry. His legacy and spirit will live on.
If you would like to send a note to Sylvie and the girls, their address is:
RR#4, 1426 13th Avenue,
Invermere, BC, V0A 1K4
With best wishes to all of you,

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