A Tribute to Daniel

The Holidays are a time to celebrate family and friendship, as well as remembering special times with loved ones we’ve lost.

Louise, a previous ADS client, shared a special safari experience with her husband Daniel this past April. One month later, Daniel suddenly and unexpectedly died of a heart attack. Our hearts go out to Louise and their family for their tragic loss. With bittersweet sentiment, we are also thankful Daniel could share a wonderful safari experience with his wife and friends shortly before his passing, and what an honor for us here at ADS to share any part in this memory. It is with humble gratitude we pay this tribute to Daniel.

Here is what Daniel wrote to me immediately after the safari was over:

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“Ann got us seven from Aviano to take the Serengeti safari from April 8th to today, April 17th.  We all have found the whole package overwhelming and more than anything we had hoped for. Our guides, J.P. and Angelbert, made the safari with their knowledge, humor, and warmth. We leave them as friends and wish you to extend our greetings […] The variety of sites to view the animals in the spacious and open jeeps were perfect. Also, the different lodgings were fun and comfortable. We especially liked the different tent sites and miss Jonas’ camp and his work. I believe the best outdoor food was there. Martin and his Arusha Coffee Lodge were the perfect start to the trip.

In short, my wife-Louise- and I finally did what we had planned for years. Thank you.”

(A few weeks later he wrote again…)

“After a month, I still feel the immense Serengeti and the peaceful nights at the campsites. Always having wanted to sense the cave drawings of wildebeests coupled with pre-historic man, the safari plus the visit to Dr. Leakey’s research area took me to the point of understanding and experiencing what basic life was and is on the Serengeti. It was a fabulously done trip for Louise and me.”

Daniel Thompson

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4 Responses to A Tribute to Daniel

  1. Karen says:

    We are so glad your family got to exsplore a part of the world together. This holiday season we are embarking on a journey together my husband and our two adult daughters. We lost our son, Daniel in 2003 to ostesarcama, he was diagnosed in 1998 at age 11.
    I am so sorry for your your lose just wanted to say the summer before Daniel died we had an incredible trip to France and Italy that I will never forgt. I really think the experiances rather than the things make a differecene in life.
    Robyn

  2. Dawn says:

    Thank you for your kind reply. I agree with your insights, and I think many others will as well. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I hope you enjoy this upcoming journey with your husband and daughters this holiday season.

  3. Tracey Medeiros says:

    Dawn-thank you for this lovely and heart felt tribute to Daniel. I knew Daniel and Lou for many years, and I am forever thankful to have shared my safari experience with them both. Daniel was an amazing person and the fun we had while on safari will be with me forever.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, JP, and Angelbert. Tracey

  4. Dawn says:

    Thank You Tracey. I really appreciate your kind words and thoughtful sentiments about Daniel and Lou. Many Blessings and Happy Holidays to you and yours as well!

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