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Ian Douglas Smith Book of Remembrance

April 1919 - November 2007 RIP

This Book of Remembrance is now closed and no additions may be made to it. Thank you for all of your messages-they have been passed along to the family of Ian Smith.

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Apr 22nd 2008 at 04:19:04 AM
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Leon Dietrich

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Links on other Rhodesian sites

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Que Que, Rhodesia. Now in RSA

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Standing in the Hostel foyer at Cecil John Rhodes - Junior school, and listing to the Hunter jets "Green Leader" screaming freedom over the Rhodesian Sky on their way to Westlands farm, was but a small justification for the terror of listening to fellow country men over the farm band short wave radio being attacked by a miserable band of misfits and cowards.

The immense sense of National pride listening to Prime Minister Ian Smith, telling the world the truth and taking the stand for justice, goodness and righteousness, made us so proud and strong.

Ian Smith, you are and will always remain the overwhelming pride of Rhodesia and her Tribe, and will forever live in our hearts and minds and as the saying goes 'Rhodesians never die".

God Bless and travel well. We salute you.

   

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Apr 21st 2008 at 10:13:08 AM
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Kevin Paul

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Email

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Salisbury

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I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Smith at a convention in Las Vegas many years ago, and he signed a couple of Rhodesian flags for me. He was one of the most brilliant men I ever met, and he seemed to know everyone in the country - he told me about my grandmother and other relatives....His voice and vision will be missed.....

   

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Apr 7th 2008 at 12:56:27 PM
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Theodore Jessa

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I have never been to Rhodesia, nor had any relatives
who lived in the country, to the best of knowledge.
My research on Rhodesia has enlighten ma about how
beautiful the country was,the beginnings of intergration
of democracy for the Africans living within in her midst. In short a people who were building a nation.
At the helm during this period was the honorable,respected, late Prime Minister Ian Smith.
A man whose action of proclaming Rhodesia's Unilateral
Declaration of Independence from Britian, had it been done
a century before, would've made him a great patriot.
A president along the lines of George Washington. A gentleman farmer, political leader, revered by some,
reveiled by others. Yet, a righteous rebel who had the
concern of all his citizens living under the rule of
the Rhodesian Parilament.
His love of Rhodesia and her people became evident from
the fact he never left the country when Zimbabwe replaced Rhodesia. Mr.Smith lived in his house in Salisbury with no protection from walls,security forces,
armies, unlike Robert Mugabe. Many times people would
walk into his home and ask for help in what ever way
he could. Many of these requesting his assistance were
black natives of Zimbabwe. They viewed him as their
unofficial president. While Mr.Smith's passing is certainly a loss to his immediate family friends, the
world has lost a great statesman. A statesman whose decisions extended beyond the next election,but rather
for the next generation of citizens. Today's dictorial,
elected officials make decisions with no regard for
the ramifications of future generations.
The spirit of Ian Smith lives on in all who persevere
for liberty,justice,honesty.

   

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Apr 2nd 2008 at 01:38:01 AM
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Tom Olsen

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I was told by relatives in RZA

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Norway

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I`v never been to Rhodesia, but my family lived there, now they live in Transvaal. I`v been to RZA many times. Mr Prime Minister, you are in our hearts, I`v been told stories about Rhodesia, you, and I pray for you and your family and that happiness and freedom will come back to the once great Rhodesia.

   

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Mar 30th 2008 at 08:06:57 PM
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Joseph Corbett

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USA

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A great man. Prime Minister Smith fought against the forces of fascism and communism. Always opposing totalitarianism. He set an inspiring example for us all, fighting for what is right.

His service in WWII and his service to his country will always be remembered.

I am so saddened to see him go, but he is now resting in peace, reunited with his wife. I am sure he is smiling.

My deepest sympathy goes out to the Prime Minister's family and friends.

   

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Mar 19th 2008 at 03:16:56 AM
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Jeremy Rooney

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New Zealand

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I have never been to Rhodesia, but Nana told me stories when I was a young kid. Rest In Peace. Hopefully, I'll return to my home oneday.

   

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Mar 16th 2008 at 02:44:25 PM
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Adrian Power

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Through Rhodesians Reunited

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Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom

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He was a great man who stood for what he believed in

   

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Mar 16th 2008 at 01:46:46 PM
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Annette Strachan nee Maclean

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Essex

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God keep you safe Sir as you tried to keep us safe all those years ago. RIP.

   

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Mar 16th 2008 at 01:36:58 PM
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Fred Ingram

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SCN, FLAME LILY and Rhodesians Worldwide

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Rhodesia and Bradford on Avon UK

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A privilege to serve a true Rhodesian and courageous leader. Thank you for holding out the extra 15yrs for all our benefit.On behalf of The members of the Rhodesian Action Movement,The Rhodes Club and The RHODESIAN ARMY Regiments.Our sympathies to the SMITH family.We all salute a GREAT Leader. Rest in Peace God Bless

   

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Mar 9th 2008 at 06:54:43 AM
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David Brewster

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personal recommendation

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Northern Ireland

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A great leader, sorely missed

   

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Mar 8th 2008 at 01:24:57 AM
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Sally Wildeman (Cox)

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Rhodesian Flame Lily Foundation

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Gatooma, Eiffel Flats

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Ian Smith thanks for all you did for Rhodesia it will never be forgotten!
God bless
Sally Cox currently living in Holland

   

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Mar 6th 2008 at 03:37:01 AM
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Bryan Vine

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browsing

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born lochinvaar salisbury, now boston uk

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My heart goes out to all, a great man, a great leader, and above all a great loss to us all. Rest in peace, and farewell

   

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Mar 2nd 2008 at 11:22:35 PM
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Moira Doyle

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Dubai - previously - UK, France, Libya, Kitwe, Salisbury

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My sincerest condolences to family of this great man - who struggled against overwelming odds. We will not see his like again.
(I used to work at the High Court building on Jameson Ave. just round the corner from parliament in Salisbury - so sometimes saw him coming and going - also was in the same year at Fuller Hall, UCT as Jean)

   

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Feb 29th 2008 at 06:34:19 PM
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Mark

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USA

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Rest in Peace. You fought the good fight.

   

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Feb 28th 2008 at 01:41:19 AM
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Carrie Field

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Through John Edmond Rhodies Everywhere song sent to me

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Bulaway, Rhodesia now in Fourways, Johannesburg

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I am so proud to still be associated with the country of Rhodesia and Mr Ian Smith as part of my birthright. You were "Rhodesia" Mr Smith and you gave your integrity to the country and the land. God bless you and keep you until the chain links again

   

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Feb 21st 2008 at 02:23:14 AM
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Mark

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Ireland

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Safe in the arms of Jesus now.

God Bless You and Your family. Rest in Peace.

   

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Feb 20th 2008 at 06:00:55 PM
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Anton de Wet

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Rhodesia.org

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Republic of Enkeldoorn--USA

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Thank you Ian, we salute you Sir. Rest well.

   

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Feb 17th 2008 at 03:34:47 AM
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Tanvir Hafiz

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Flame Lily Foundation

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USA

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May Ian Douglas Smith rest in peace. I admired the honesty,bravery and decency of this man, and of the Rhodesian people in
general.

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Feb 11th 2008 at 04:42:33 AM
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Carl van Woerden

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F.L.F.

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CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

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THNAKS IANS D SMITH FROM THE VAN WOERDEN FAMILY YOU GAVES US A GREAT TIME. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND

   

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Feb 8th 2008 at 02:22:48 AM
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Mike Hayes

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Flame Lily Foundation

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Rhodesia

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GO WELL IAN. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES MIKE HAYES , P.A.TU. 28014Z

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Jan 24th 2008 at 07:54:50 PM
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Wayne

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United States

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As someone who has seen first hand the horrors of terrorism, I know what I great loss it is to lose this courageous and selfless warrior in the fight against it. Condolances to the Smith family.

   

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Jan 16th 2008 at 08:21:41 PM
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Pam Duncan and Family (nee Mitchell formerly Milton)

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Rhodesians Worldwide

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ex Rhodesia now Australia

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As a second generation Rhodesian I was very sad to hear of the passing of Ian Smith. He was a wonderful and inspirational leader of great courage, honesty and integrity who has been proved right. It seems that the last link in the chain from Rhodesia has been broken but what wonderful memories we have of that special land and what a privilege it was to have known him and his wife. Our condolences to the family.

   

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Jan 15th 2008 at 07:52:42 PM
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Patrick Somers

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United States

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I am saddened by the passing of Ian Smith. He
understood the evils of communism, and I wish the leaders of my country had the same understanding.

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Jan 13th 2008 at 01:48:08 PM
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Will & Viv Ransom

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Rhodesians Worldwide magazine

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United Kingdom

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Viv and I are both very proud that we managed to meet the man himself several times when we co-hosted the Annual RW UK Dinner Dances with Geoff & Jean Cooke in the late 90s and again in the early noughties. Geoff and I took him to Calais, France, when he came to the first one, thinking he would be nostalgically touched by seeing what we thought he had seen many times during WWII, but we were mistaken, as he enlightened us, when we were looking from the French Coast back to the White Cliffs of Dover, to find that he never flew in Northern Europe – only Northern Africa. Still, he had a good time, and we had to virtually drag him back into the car on a very cold and rainy day, after a couple walking along the cliffs recognised him, and approached him to say hello. He stood there in his light Rhodesian suit, without flinching in the quite bitter cold talking to them without any hint of wanting to retreat to a warmer place. Later that morning while we were warming up with a good French Expresso coffee in Cité Europe, another couple recognised him and he was so friendly and available to chat to perfect strangers (they, like the first couple, weren’t Rhodesians, but English people who recognised his face from all those years ago) that I felt really humbled. After the Dinner that evening, we attended the Sunday morning Remembrance Day Rhodesian Memorial Service outside Westminster Abbey and the RAA Lunch afterwards. At the end of the day, we took him to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and a young 30-something Policewoman recognised him and once again he chatted away like they were old friends. God Bless him. He certainly did his bit for Rhodesia!

   

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Jan 11th 2008 at 06:07:17 AM
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Helen Peters

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Rhodesia originally, now Sussex UK

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Like my father David who was a great friend of Ian Smith as they both at one time lived in Selukwe, we had enormous respect for such an honest man and courageous politician. As a child I also recall Janet giving us a talk at my Salisbury Convent school about her role as Prime Minister’s wife. She was so approachable and what I remember most is that she told us that the important thing in life was to act naturally and be yourself, irrespective of your position in society. Our deepest sympathy to Ian Smith’s family on their loss. Helen & Penny Peters

   

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Jan 6th 2008 at 04:20:07 PM
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Gary D

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Bulawayo

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A great Man , a gentleman. I am proud to be a Rhodesian because of a man like Mr. Ian Smith. I pray that his family will find comfort and that God will ease their pain in the passing of such a great man who we are all proud to have served.

   

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Jan 6th 2008 at 05:09:43 AM
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Nick Tselentis

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Rhodesian Services Association Newsletter

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Originally Marandellas - Now in Athens, Greece

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An outstanding Leader - May GOD rest his soul and Eternal be His Memory.

   

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Jan 4th 2008 at 06:03:14 PM
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Pam de Villiers

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ex-Bulawayo now RSA

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I want to pay a Tribute to our Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Douglas Smith who remained a gentleman to the end.
Years ago I wrote this to the Bulawayo Chronicle and I reiterate it now."In my opinion Prime Minister Ian Smith
of Rhodesia stands head and shoulders above any other statesman in this world...his honesty and integrity being his only crime and my opinion has not changed"
Fly high Ian Douglas Smith and God Bless You.

   

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Jan 3rd 2008 at 04:31:11 PM
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Malcolm G Thomson

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Freetown W Africa originally, Presently living in Canada

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I am greatly saddened by the passing of Prime Minister Smith. I remember him as a child when I lived in South Afrika and Rhodesia. I regret your and the world's loss of a great man.

   

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Jan 2nd 2008 at 09:22:09 AM
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John, Hilary, Philip and Vanessa Nourse

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Rhodesia originally now Essex, Kent and Cornwall, UK

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Our heartfelt condolences to the family of a courageous, greatly respected gentleman and an inspired leader of a much loved country.

You will be truly missed and always remembered.

From John, Hilary, Philip and Vanessa Nourse

   

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Jan 2nd 2008 at 07:22:17 AM
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Grace Robertson

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31st December 2007

Dear Friends,
I shall be glad if you will pass my sincere condolences to Mrs. Jean Tholet.
Those of us who spent many years in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe know that we had a unique experience. Mr. Smith's spirit and courage were inspiring and he will always stand out as a world figure of unequalled stature.

Yours sincerely, Grace Robertson on behalf of myself and my late parents Edward and Isobel Carron (in Rhodesia from 1947 until their respective deaths).

   

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Jan 2nd 2008 at 07:21:02 AM
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Janice and Ray Wylde

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UK

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Please pass on our heart-felt sympathy to Jean Tholet for the loss of a wonderful man.



He will remain for ever in our memories as the Prime Minister, who despite all odds, endeavored to maintain the country as a bastion against terrorism, communism and the failing now-disaster which had swept through Africa.



The most happy memories of our life was during the years 1965~1978, in the most wonderful country in the world!



Ian D Smith will always be remembered in the history of this country and also of this world.



Best wishes



Janice and Ray Wylde

   

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Dec 24th 2007 at 02:11:21 PM
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Alan Harvey

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The Springbok Club

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South Africans and Rhodesians living "in exile"

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Long-standing supporter of RW and the FLF.

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Previously Durban - now based in the UK.

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It was a great honour and privilege to be able to meet the Hon. Ian Douglas Smith - a true titan of the 20th century - on several occasions. The first was in Rhodesia itself in 1976 when I was a member of the famous solidarity tour of the country by a group of [then] young British pro-Rhodesian patriots. I subsequently met IDS on several occasions when he toured the UK during the late 1990s and early 2000s under the auspices of Rhodesians Worldwide and the Rhodesian Christian Group. What impressed me most was his great OPTIMISM regarding the future of the British people - reminding us all that we had built the greatest Empire that the world had ever known, and his certainty of confidence in the forthcoming generation. It was an optimism which will ALWAYS inspire and motivate me!

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Dec 18th 2007 at 02:36:33 PM
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Marie

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Salisbury, now Australia

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Thank you for the memories which will never die.My gratitude for growing up in the most wonderful country that ever was.You will always be the Greatest Prime Minister that this world has ever seen.
Heartfelt condolences to the Smith family on your loss.

   

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Dec 16th 2007 at 04:58:47 PM
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Robert

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Germany

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A brave man he was. Fought his whole life for his people and for the future of their country.
But the entire, so called, civilized world was against them.
May he rest in peace.

   

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Dec 14th 2007 at 06:40:44 AM
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Hilton Haakonsen

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South Africa

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Ian Smith was a great man and real gentleman, and will be greatly missed. Deepest condolences to the whole family, also from the Davies of Gwelo.

Hilton Haakonsen

   

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Dec 12th 2007 at 03:47:35 PM
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Debbie Walder

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Bulawayo, Port Elizabeth South Africa, now UK

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Mr Ian Smith was an inspiration to me and I remember meeting him at a children's function in Byo, I must have been about 7. He took time out to talk to me. Years later I chatted to him again. He was a wonderful leader, and a thorough gentleman.

   

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Dec 10th 2007 at 06:00:49 PM
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Raymond William Houghton-Ellerton

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Where No Eagles Dare!

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Personal, South African, Rhodesian and World Odyssey!

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Through RWW

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Blyvooruitzicht, Bindura, Salisbury, Watford, Ft Lauderdale and Colorado.

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I have been fortunate enough to have lived under Queen Elizabeth 11 since her Coronation, seen Rhodesia bloom, South Africa sky-rocket, Britain blush and sadly, Zimbabwe becomes it's old Ruins! My web site at www.thecondor1.com details all this and much, much more!

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Dec 10th 2007 at 06:14:36 AM
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Chares Ball

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Isle Of Wight UK

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My condolences to a brave and resourceful man. It takes guts to stand against the tide of prevailing wisdom. I hate what Rhodesia has become. I use to believe that our greatest error was failing to compromise early when we still had a chance rather than fight on, but now I fear that that is a wishful dream of hindsight. I doubt if the outcome in Zimbabwe would have been any different. The Prime Minster should be honoured for the years of grace he did give us, for the abyss was coming. That he held back the gates of hell for even those few years gave is his true epitaph.
Rest in a peace that was denied to you in life.

   

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Dec 9th 2007 at 12:50:04 PM
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Brian Johnson

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While browsing through other similar websites

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Ft Vic Rhodesia, then PE South Africa and now Auckland New Zealand

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Our sincere condolences to the family of a great man. How proud we were that day, now so long ago, when we went home from work at lunch time and heard the announcement of UDI. In fact, so proud were my wife and I as a young newly wed couple that we named our first child born the following year, a daughter, Udi-ann. So many cherished memories of our years in that wonderful country called Rhodesia, no more today, but forever living on in our hearts. Our thanks to Ian and those who stood with him for their courage and commitment. Brian and Ann (nee Potterton) Johnson (ex Ft Victoria)

   

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Dec 7th 2007 at 10:14:30 AM
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Dave Wuori

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davewuori@peoplepc.com

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Ask.com

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U.S.A.

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I was sorry to learn of his passing. Prime Minister was right, too bad the world didn't listen to what he had to say about the future of the country.

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Dec 6th 2007 at 09:25:16 AM
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Roy Beer

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Rhodesia now Living In Hull. Uk

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Ian Smith stood Tall and Proud
He Never Whispered but spoke out Loud
For a reason he thought right
For Rhodesians Black and White
The Land he tried to set free
It never happened and ceased to be

This was not his fault
For the Brits caused a revolt
The Lancaster house agreement failed to be
What is left a country crippled for the world to see

You have now been laid to rest
We remember how you tried your best
Now the angels have taken you by the hand
You live in a brand new land

Other fine men there you will meet
Who fought for our country to beat and defeat
United you will be Mr Rhodes and Boss Ian
You made us proud to be Rhodesian

   

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Dec 4th 2007 at 03:50:42 PM
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Zach

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Detroit

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I give my condolences to the family of Ian Smith. He was brave statesman who never backed down from his beliefs. May he rest in peace and be a shining example to what the Rhodesian truly means.

   

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Dec 2nd 2007 at 10:41:53 AM
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Ian Watson

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Edit24

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Editing, writing and corporate research

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Rhodesians Worldwide

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Hong Kong,

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From time to time, Ian Douglas Smith would telephone the Bulawayo Chronicle, of which I was deputy chief sub-editor in the late '70s, and identify himself as "a spokesman for the government". I would listen to what he had to say and then thank him . . . Ian to Ian. When later we met in a JOC Tangent forward base camp, we had a good old chuckle about his "cover story". As a BSAP reservist, I wore the uniform of Rhodesia with pride. And now, 30 years later, whenever I hear Beethoven's Ninth, I still try to straighten my shoulders and stand tall in honour of that brave knight, gentleman and scholar, Ian Smith.
Rest in peace, Nkosi.

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Dec 1st 2007 at 05:44:45 PM
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HAL TRIPP

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ELPRO LUGGAGE SOUTH AMERICA

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BAGS, BACKPACKS ETC.

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FRIENDS

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LA PAZ, BOLIVIA

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GOD BLESS HIS SOUL,WE WON THE WAR BUT LOST THE POLITICAL FIGHT.

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Nov 30th 2007 at 06:08:12 PM
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Vitor Pacheco

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Portugal

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Please accept my deepest condolences.
I thank you for receiving me and my family with open arms in the country that I became to love as my own.
it hurts to see what Rhodesia became!

   

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Nov 30th 2007 at 05:07:53 AM
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Lloyd Rundle

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Pretoria (ex Byo)

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Mr Smith was an inspiration to us all. A man of courage, honour, integrity and selfless ness. He epitomised what it is to be a Rhodesian - something I'm immensely proud of. God Bless - you will always be an example to us.

   

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Nov 29th 2007 at 12:56:52 PM
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Sarah Theobald

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Salisbury (Harare) Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)

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May Ian finally rest in peace. A true leader and a man who will be missed by all.

   

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Nov 29th 2007 at 03:01:26 AM
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Michelle (nee Hoyes) Smith

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Rhodesian Worldwide

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Southern Rhodesia. Now in Perth, West Australia

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Firstly, my very deepest sympathy to all of Ian Smith' family. You are in our prayers. Ian Smith was a great man of courage, integrity, wisdom and compassion. As a child I remember waving to him and his wife Janet in Salisbury as they went about their shopping together; I remember their waves and beautiful smiles back to me. What a precious memory for a child. I had the privilege of meeting him in England many years later, and the honour of having my photo taken beside him. It will always be a treasured photo. I will miss him and the thought he is no longer with us, but I know that he is in a better place with Janet and their Maker. May he rest in peace. Go well, Ian, with love.

   

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Nov 29th 2007 at 01:43:30 AM
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Paul Dobson

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I guessed the address

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New Zealand

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Ian Smith's passing closes the chapter of the British colonial era for ever. The war in Rhodesia was the first world issue I became aware of as a child, choosing it for a school project and have been interested ever since.
Whatever the pros and cons of those events Mr Smith redeemed himself by his bravery, loyalty and compassion for those who didnt support him. If only there had been another way to avoid the mess his country is in now.

   

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Nov 28th 2007 at 10:38:49 PM
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Anton Foljambe

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National Democrats Party

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Although I never lived in, nor visted Rhodesia, Ian Smith was a hero to me, as to many people around the world. He epitomized all the qualities a man should possess - honesty, integrity, forthrightness, and principle. Although now gone, his legacy is the example he set to men the world over. If we all tried to live a little more as Ian did, then the world would be a better place.

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Nov 28th 2007 at 07:24:32 AM
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Kipper and Jackie Dearlove

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RSA. Formerly Hppovale Farm Hartley (Chegutu)

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Ian Smith you were a man of immense integrity and a great leader. You made us a proud nation and we were undone by others who were blind to the big picture.We will forever remember you with pride. Rest in peace. Deepest sympathy to the family

   

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Nov 28th 2007 at 05:36:18 AM
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Ian Stopforth

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Hobart, Australia

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Therefore, so ends an era that inspired the most incredible heights of patriotism, passion and love for a country and its leader. Conversely, he also brought us to the depths of despair and resignation.

Was he a wizard or white nganga that could dupe so many intelligent people to believe they could face and overcome the world or was it a case of cometh the hour cometh the man. I cannot even try and fathom the conundrum but what I do know is that we all had a love/hate relationship with him, as was with JFK or Winston Churchill, that few other men in this world can ever aspire to.

God bless you and rest in peace Bwana Mkulu.



Ian Stopforth, Hobart, Australia

   

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Nov 27th 2007 at 07:57:36 PM
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Allistair and Wendy Ball

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Canada

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It was with much sadness that we received the news of Ian Smith's death.
Our sincere sympathy, and that of everyone in the RWW branch, British Columbia, goes out to Jean and all the family.

Whatever one's perspective, Ian Smith has to be admired for his integrity and honesty. He had the courage of his convictions, and spent his lifetime pursuing them. Allistair always said he was just too straight and honest to be a politician!
We met Ian on several occasions, both in Karoi, where he stopped off at my parent's Karoi Hotel ( Bernie and Hazel Hill) on certain journeys to the farmlands, and in Capetown at the Army Officers dinners. Ian always spoke of his country, Rhodesia, with such love...and sadness, as time went on. We know he will be resting peacefully, reunited with his beloved Janet.

Wendy and Allistair Ball
RWW BC Branch
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Nov 27th 2007 at 07:43:06 PM
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Sandra Hindmarch

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South Africa

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In honour of a great man. We salute you. May you rest in peace. Deepest sympathy to the family.
Sandra Hindmarch, Robert and Linda Prince.

   

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Nov 27th 2007 at 06:35:21 PM
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Brian

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on the border between the first and third worlds

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The tide of history will come back Ian Smith. The lies and misqoutes will be corrected, the convenient omissions and misrepresentations will be undone. Rest in Peace, Mr. Smith, your name will be rescued over time and Rhodesia will be recognized as the best administered country in the history of the continent.

   

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Nov 26th 2007 at 05:12:04 PM
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Alan Taylor

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www.yahoo.com

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e-mail sent to me from older Rhodesian contacts/links

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Salisbury, Rhodesia; also Ndola, Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia/Zambia

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It is with great sadness that my Premier, Ian Douglas Smith has passed away. He was the only political/country leader I had respect for to this day & I was proud to serve in the Rhodesian Air Force, if only for a short time (R87100). You were a man of honour, integrity & a man who followed & acted upon his convictions, of which this world has far too few. I, among many feel a profound sense of loss in the vacuum left behind. You will be remembered forever with deep affection by those who remain.

   

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Nov 26th 2007 at 12:50:25 PM
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Jacqueline Zwambila

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Bulawayo Zimbabwe

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My sincere condolences to the family of the Hon Ian Douglas Smith. May his soul rest in peace. Although his policies did not serve me as an African and I did not agree with him, Mr Smith showed great courage in declaring UDI. He was also a true leader to his own people and listened to his electorate. He was decisive and he knew when to quit.

   

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Nov 25th 2007 at 06:16:38 PM
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Dave Hughes

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London, ON Canada

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I am a Canadian who served in the Rhodesian Army from Jan/1979 to Independence in 1980. (A short period of time serving under Prime Ministers Smith, Muzeryewa and Mugabe.) May I offer my deepest condolences to the Smith family and may we not forget his contribution to the war effort to defeat the tyranny of Nazi Germany during WWII. However one may have disagreed with the politics of the Rhodesian Front former Prime Minister Ian Smith was a rarity in the political sphere - a public servent who kept to his word and his principles. If only we had more like him.

   

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Nov 25th 2007 at 04:59:07 PM
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Palomo Montoro

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Thank you for telling me. I've had many occassions to meet Ian Smith because he was a close neighbour to the Spanish Embassy, where I used to work, and he attended some of the Spanish parties.

I think he was a good person, not as they pretended to portrait him and, although I didn't agreed with all his ideas -my Rhodesian in laws belonged to the other party, and my father in law, Michael Currie, became a Senator with the oposition -all this was before Mugabe, of course- it doesn't mean that Ian Smith wasn't an intelligent gentleman, because he was and I felt sorry he had to witness the destruction of his beloved country.

My respects to his family (sorry for grammatical mistakes, but I am Spanish).

Paloma Montoro (in Zimbabwe, Mrs Paloma Currie)

   

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Nov 25th 2007 at 01:24:33 PM
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Mark Finnigan

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Calgary, Canada

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I am truly sadden by the death of one of the post war greatest leader. He reminded a person what once Britain and her Empire was once like. Fearless, brave and self confident. I sense History will be kind to Ian Smith in generations to come. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. May he rest in peace. God bless Ian Smith and Rhodesia

   

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Nov 25th 2007 at 05:31:18 AM
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Dianne and Peter Fisher

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RWW magazine

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RHODESIA ... now in Orillia, Ontario.

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A great man has passed. The world could do with more men of your calibre. It was an honour to know and to serve under you.
You will be greatly missed ... but NEVER forgotten.

   

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Nov 24th 2007 at 11:15:18 AM
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David

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Durham, NC, USA

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My prayers are with your family. As a champion of civil rights in this country, I cheered for Mugabe when he came to power in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia. Looking at Zimbabwe now, I realize I cheered for the wrong leaders. Your nation would certainly be better off with more moderate leaders than Mugabe. Mr. Smith apparantly had good foresight.

   

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Nov 24th 2007 at 04:32:04 AM
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Dominic Shelmerdine

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Souyh Kensington, London, England.

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Ian Douglas Smith was a fine gentleman, and the greatest of all Rhodesians. Britain betrayed him,and his fellow countrymen, black and white. It was a privilege to have met him, and received his splendid contribution to my book, 'My Original Ambition'. I very much enjoyed my hour-long coversation (in 1997) with this giant of African politics, and world statesman. My sincere condolences to the Smith family - left with cherished memories, and a proud history.

   

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Nov 24th 2007 at 02:12:48 AM
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Marshall Grieve

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Umtali , now Reading

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One of Rhodesia's Finest Sons - in Rhodesia's finest hours .
Your like will not be seen again
Rest in Peace Great Man

   

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Nov 23rd 2007 at 10:09:54 PM
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Johnstone-Robertson

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Las Vegas USA

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Our deepest sympathies...a great man,a great country,a great vision....from all the Johnnie-Robbies worldwide

   

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Nov 23rd 2007 at 08:13:52 PM
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michael

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rhodesia now australia

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the greatest prime minister,and politican ian smith i salute you for you courage and honesty,may you soul rest in peace
from the bush tucker man

   

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Nov 23rd 2007 at 11:42:29 AM
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rob murphy

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Ex RLI Troopie.

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scotland

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A great man has left those of us who survive with the knowledge that he and Rhodesia will never die in our hearts

   

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Nov 23rd 2007 at 12:21:32 AM
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Sandy Carnegie

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Though I grew up in rain-drenched North East Scotland, the family dinner-table talk so often turned to Rhodesia and Ian Smith's struggle to save it. Ian Smith was one of my boyhood and teenage heroes - and indeed remains so to this day. I bitterly regret his passing. My sincerest condolences to the family.

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 02:18:07 PM
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william stack

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Rhodesians Worldwide

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Ireland

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To Jean and Family
Deepest sympathy on your recent loss. You have lost a father and the world has lost a great man. Rest in Peace Prime Minister Smith.

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 02:11:55 PM
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Jennie Jones

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Australia

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Sincere condolences to Honourable Ian Smith's family. Ian Smith was a man of considerable insight, honour, integrity and courage, and kept to his principles despite formidable forces. He is at peace now. God Bless him.

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 01:30:31 PM
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Bev Anderson

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Frequent visitor to this site

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Bulawayo, Rhodesia - Now in Sidmouth, Devon

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In memory of the Rt. Honourable Mr Ian Smith. You are my hero, now and forever. I was born and bred in Rhodesia (my true home). Thank you for making it my home for such a long time. It breaks my heart to see how Zimbabwe has turned out. You were always right. Rhodesian's spirit never dies!! My thoughts are with your family at this sad time. The angels are here now - safe journey.

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 09:41:38 AM
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Anthea Spurrier

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Rhodesians Worldwide

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Hampshire, U K

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The end of an era. My condolences to the family. A great leader, now at peace.

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 09:35:47 AM
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Richard Bell

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Belgium

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A Man of Guts and Principle that all can look up to.I had the honour of growing up in a wonderful Country under his Leadership and he will always be remembered. May he rest in peace. Condolences to Family

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 08:20:29 AM
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David Campbell

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Scotland

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A brave, honest man of honour
RIP

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 08:05:04 AM
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Craig Kruger

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Gwelo

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Africa has lost someone who can never be replaced, I thank him for his tireless efforts for us all and wish him rest in peace, you will never be forgotten.

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 07:07:53 AM
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Moya Wright

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Bloomington, Indiana, USA

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In memory of a man of great integrity and love for his country.

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 05:20:17 AM
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Mrs Susan Harris

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Told by a nephew

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Gatooma/Umtali, Rhodesia now in Norfolk UK

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Ian Smith - a great and humble man - will be sadly missed. He was the best thing to ever happen to Rhodesia and we (the Rhodesians - black and white) had fifteen years of prosperity. Rhodesia shall be reborn!

   

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Nov 22nd 2007 at 02:52:49 AM
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RICHARD OLDRIDGE

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LONDON

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Ian Douglas Smith was a great Leader who had the moral courage and fortitude to stand up for what he believed in. History has proved him to be absolutely correct . I extend my deepest sympathy to his Family .

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 05:05:41 PM
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Bud Jackson

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Rhodesians Worldwide

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Canada

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There are many things about our once great land that are deeply ingrained, in the spyche of this son of Rhodesia, that the passage of time will never diminish in any way ... sights, sounds, fragrances, memories ... and one man; Ian Douglas Smith.

Detractors who don't understand the truth of the good and bad of the history of what is now a redundant nation sadly misunderstand one of the most outstanding gentlemen statesmen that ever graced this world.

RIP Changamire. Ndimi mukuruwemauto. Ndimi mutungamire wedu waiva ne moyo mukuru, pfungwa dzaishamisa chose, ne njere kutonga vanhu venyika nerudo rakakosha.

Deeply respected, always remembered. A man of genuine character, stubborn tenacity, wide understading that only true Africans (of all colours) understand and appreciate.

I salute you, Sir.

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 01:37:23 PM
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Michael Kennedy

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Aliso Viejo, California USA

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Please accept my deepest condolences. Ian Douglas Smith will be remembered as the first and last President of Rhodesia. He was a humble man who knew what would happen to his great country and ALL the people. The breadbasket of Africa is now a disaster, led by a liar, coward and terrorist. May God be with the Douglas family. One day, I will meet this great man in heaven. Let us hope that one day Rhodesia can return to its glory and leadership in Africa.

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 11:49:45 AM
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Sue Adams

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Dorset

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A man who stood for what he believed in. Condolences to his family - may he now rest in peace

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 11:20:20 AM
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Louise Smith

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South Africa

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My deepest sympathy to his sons and daughter and families. He was a humble and honest man who gave me the best 15 years of my life during UDI, the best childhood, in the best country.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We shall remember him

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 09:13:17 AM
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Ane Gavazzi

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Gilbert Arizona, USA

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Please accept my deepest condolences. Mr. Smith was an amazing man and true to his word, spirit and sight. We have lost a great man.

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 07:20:38 AM
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Margot Sheehan

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New York City

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I wish to offer condolences and appreciation to the family and friends of Mr. Smith. He was highly thought of by many Americans. While he did not live long enough to see the restoration of Rhodesia, he was able to see his cause vindicated over and over.

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 07:17:31 AM
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Robert Potter

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London

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I never agreed with UDI but Ian Smith has been shown to be far sighted and right. It is now apparent that God's gift to Africa is the white farmer. No one, outside Africa, at this time has the courage to admit this.
I regret Rhodesia's passing. What a beacon of tolerance it would have been to all the nations if it had been allowed to flower. I think this was Smith's vision. May he rest in peace. Future generations will remember him.

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 06:39:49 AM
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Rob Wedderburn

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Birmingham United Kingdom

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Long may his memory remain

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 04:23:13 AM
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Robert Yates

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Horsham, West Sussex, United Kingdom

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It was with shock that I learned of Ian Smith's Death..He was and always will be regarded with the deepest respect my myself and many others.
I have to thank him for the greatest childhood anyone could expect.. I miss the country of my birth..and it has a very special place in my heart. Thank you and may God rest your soul.

   

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Nov 21st 2007 at 02:20:20 AM
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Joachim

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S Africa

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R.I.P and May God bless his soul!
He was a great man with strong visions.

   

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Nov 20th 2007 at 10:21:48 PM
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Paul McPherson

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Detroit, Michigan, USA

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I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ian Smith. As prime minister of Rhodesia he did everythng he could to keep his nation from becoming what is now: A basket case of a country misruled by corrupt and greedy socialists.
I think that it tore him apart to have had to have led Rhodesia from the British Crown. But the communist appeasing politicans in London gave him no choice: They wanted to give Rhodesia to Soviet puppets and he wouldn't stand for it. What choice did he have?
I admired him for his courage as a fighter pilot in the Second World War and for leading Rhodesia in an unpopular war against terrorists. Ian Smith led a good fight. I shall have a toast to him at my favourite bar.
May God bless his soul and keep his family.

   

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Nov 20th 2007 at 09:08:07 PM
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Sean Nuttall

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Bahrain

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Deepest condolences. The world has lost a great man. In our hearts for ever

   

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Nov 20th 2007 at 08:41:43 PM
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Grant Shaw

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Australia

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My hero as a small boy in Africa. A man of principal. Hamba Gathe Inkos!

   

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Nov 20th 2007 at 07:01:10 PM
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Joseph Bishop

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North Dakota, USA

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Please accept my condolences for the passing of your father, Ian Douglas Smith. I have always held the greatest of respect for the man and for his honor, integrity, and courage, for standing up for what he believed to be right and just and doing the right thing, always, in spite of so much world opposition. May he rest in peace and his example shine forth forever.

   

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Nov 20th 2007 at 06:28:53 PM
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Chris Whitehead

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Rhodesians Worldwide magazine

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Dear Jean,

It is with deepest regret that we heard about your father's passing today. This regret will I am sure be reverberating around the world. Your father was a man of principle who never waivered from his focus and that focus was his homeland whether it was called Rhodesia or Zimbabwe. We will miss his keen political wit and humour and his presence will be missed at every gathering of Rhodesians around the world. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and the rest of the family as you go through these trying days without this amazing and great man. We will remember Ian Smith as an honest principled man who fought great odds to do what he believed was right. There is an empty place in our hearts tonight as we grieve with you and your family. God bless you all

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