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UIA Flight PS752 Mojtaba Abbasnezhad, Mohammad Salehe, Mohammad Amin Beiruti, Mohammad Asadi Lari, Zeynab Asadi Lari, Mohammad Amin Jebelli

UIA Flight PS752

The University of Toronto is mourning the loss of students killed in the tragic crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 near Tehran.

  • Mojtaba Abbasnezhad
  • Mohammad Salehe
  • Mohammad Amin Beiruti
  • Mohammad Asadi Lari
  • Zeynab Asadi Lari
  • Mohammad Amin Jebelli

President's statement on the tragic crash of UIA Flight PS752

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U of T community vows ‘support and solidarity’ at vigil for plane crash victims

Memorial Tributes for Victoria Littman

Richard Chambers - October 14, 2010
Remembering Victoria, a fellow bike rider, and professional committed to students' success. With sympathy, Richard Chambers

Arlene Clement - October 15, 2010
I first met Victoria at a Union Counsellor training course. She was committed to supporting her fellow staff and building a positive work environment. We bonded over bikes, and our interest in serving students. She will be missed.

Helen Garnett - October 15, 2010
Victoria you will always be remembered for your warm and friendly smile. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends at this time. 

Christy Hamilton - October 15, 2010
I saw Victoria in the Academic Success Centre. She was so supportive and took the time to listen and help me make a plan for myself as I dealt with chronic illness. She was so knowledgeable and kind. She will truly be missed by many students.

Laura Fowler-Cowan - October 15, 2010
She helped many-like myself, find a light in the dark and will be greatly missed but not forgotten. Peace, Love, and Comfort to her now and also to all of her loved ones ...

John Debono - October 15, 2010
Victoria was an incredibly kind and caring individual, who contributed a lot to both accessibility services and UofT as a whole. May she rest in peace and God guide her family in their time of need.

Duong Hoang - October 15, 2010
Her memory lives on, but I will still miss her dearly

Vassil Halatchev - October 15, 2010
You have my deepest sympathies.

Armas - October 15, 2010
When I met her, I knew she had a goddess within, but which, I knew not. Thanks, Victoria, for your kind words which resonate in my work.

Shane Wilson - October 15, 2010
Offering intelligent,compassionate,completely comprehending self every time V counselled,V saved my life I vow to assist others,her inspiration my foundation Her essence is impossible to equal,but her legacy will continue in my soul&consequent acts

Benjamin Flight - October 15, 2010
I first knew Victoria in 2003 as a dedicated and impassioned colleague. Later, I was privileged to know her as a friend. Victoria, I'll fondly remember our times together. I'll cherish even more the friendship that gave rise to them.

Christine McFarlane - October 15, 2010
I am sorry for the Academic community's loss of Victoria.

Tracey King - October 16, 2010
I will always remember our conversations and talking about our sons. A lovely person who devoted her life to helping others. Tracey King

Kiara Hum - October 17, 2010
Victoria, you were truly a remarkable person, from whom I had so much more yet to learn. May your son know what a great person you were, and may you have your pen, bike, and shore with waves with you in heaven -- you have gone too soon from us.

Jennifer Bennett October 18, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the Littman family during this difficult time.

Tanya  Hyland - October 18, 2010
Victoria, I will miss the sound of the fairy wand - which was your favourite way of bringing us down off the ceiling after particularly difficult days. You changed the lives of many students and you will not be forgotten.

Stephanie Frontin Eirik - October 19, 2010
At our very first meeting, as I sat across from you in your office, I observed your facial expressions and listened to your gentle resolute voice. That day I remember wondering to my self, how could this woman love and care so much for someone she barely knew RIP.

Sheron Gayle October 21, 2010
What makes a person memorable is not wealth nor even a degree, but rather her character. We miss you Victoria, and even though you are on an extended holiday you've left us with beautiful memories to help us through the hard times.

Evelyn Owusu October 22, 2010
My condolence to her family. She was such an inspirational woman. As a mother of three she really help me with my anxiety as well as writing, God be with you and keep you safe Victoria.

Brock Hessel October 25, 2010
Victoria helped me to believe in myself and my abilities. I will really miss her.

Elena Pizzamiglio - October 26, 2010
In conversations with Victoria, I was able to observe her deep dedication to helping people succeed. This is a sad time for the academic community. Sincerest condolences to family and friends.

Joanna Dafoe October 27, 2010
hank you for the warmth, humour, and support you've shown during my time at U of T. You have made this university, and this world, a better place simply by being in it.

Dara Thomas October 27, 2010
Thank you, Victoria, for encouraging me and believing in my abilities. I wish your family constant memories of your smile, and I wish you a Peaceful Journey.

Leanne Mak November 2, 2010
Victoria believed in my abilities during a time when not many people did. She listened with care & guided me in learning strategies to improve not only my academic life but my personal life too. She will be forever missed. God bless.

Allison Dubarry - November 4, 2010
Vic was a terrific, bright woman who will be missed.

Memorials for Allan Lanteigne

Derin Ulker - March 14, 2011
I'm going to miss our chats at the office. You were truly and amazing friend and you will be missed.

Diane Ringuette - March 18, 2011
It is with a very heavy heart that I write to say goodbye to my wonderful cousin. Allan was a very kind, gentle, generous man. For these reasons and many more, I know Allan is in heaven now. I will miss him, but never forget him. Diane Ringuette

Cristian Solis - March 22, 2011
Allan was always a good person, with the most wonderful soul and with the best qualities. he was a excellent friend and he will be always in our heart, we will miss you dear allan, rest in peace...

Memorial Tributes for Nelson Mandela

(listed in order of submission)

Richard Chambers - December 6, 2013

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela, a person who lived what he believed. With deepest sympathy. 

Adonica Huggins - December 6, 2013

I offer my condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela; and to South Africans and others around the world like me that joined his anti-apartheid movement and deeply mourn his passing. His post-election Bill of Rights, which included LGBTQ communities, remains one of the most progressive state human rights legislations. Every day will present new opportunities for me to reflect and act on Mandela's lifelong struggle for a free and equal multi-racial/multi-cultural/multi-faith country and world.

Nadir Shirazi - December 6, 2013

There are few heroes left in this world, we just lost another. Yet heroes become more than flesh and blood they become symbols and touchstones: we are here but for a short time.

Pepe Elwert - December 6, 2013

"Madiba" has gone home. He’ll keep inspiring people longing for freedom and justice. Let’s take this opportunity to be transformed by his ideal that reconciliation is possible and join South Africans in honouring and celebrating Nelson Mandela - a great person of our time.

Zita Prashad - December 12, 2013

A gifted spirit and steward of humanity who suffered for freedom and a just society... who turned to non-violence and reconciliation to achieve peace and harmony... Lest we not forget his memory...

Deborah Peart - December 12, 2013

Nelson Mandela truly loved his country and its people. He will forever remain a symbol of survival, freedom and forgiveness. The world will move from grief to celebration for having had such a powerful force of love and humanity among us.

Cheryl Champagne - December 12, 2013

Nelson Mandela is and was, such an inspiration for justice, freedom, peace and love. He fought and sacrificed so much for his people, and his principles, and showed everyone how equality and respect for all, regardless of difference, is the way to live. He will be greatly missed, and I hope that his legacy will continue to inspire people for the ages.

Shehna - December 12, 2013

Those who have the vision to see a better a world against the odds, seek justice for all despite hardship, and love all of humanity are amazing and formidable leaders. They walk rarely in this world and their loss is deeply felt. Mandela was one of these people and we mourn his loss but remember and be inspired by his legacy.

Memorial Tributes for Ali Saeed

(Page created May 2014; tributes listed in order of submission).

Richard Chambers

I will remember Ali as a someone with a cheerful face at the Multi-Faith Centre and a helping hand at Hart House. Ali was always happy glad to say hello and offer assistance. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Faiyaz Qamar

Dear nephew, I can't believe you're gone, it wasn't but just 2 weeks ago we were dicussing me coming to see you, and you coming on the rally! A true honest soul that saw the best in everything and everyone. a great loss to friends, family and the world. I'm honoured to have known you and i wish i had come to see you earlier. rest in peace brother. may allah grant you jannat! Faiyaz

Ishraf Hossain

Ali was a person who truly cared about people and the communities he was a part of. I've observed him to be very sincere in his interactions with people. He was devoted to God, I prayed "taraweeh" standing beside him in one Ramadan, and I prayed behind his lead several times. He could recite the Quran beautifully. He also invited me for "iftar" and was very hospitable. He was a fast and dangerous bowler in the game of cricket and bowled me out several times over the years. We used to smile at each other every time he did that. May God grant him Paradise.

Martyna Siekanowicz

It's hard to find the words to describe how great of a person Ali was. I only knew him for a short year but the affect he has had on me as a person and on our fellow peers and friends has been strongly felt. He is the type of person who we should all strive to be. He was always smiling, always caring, and always there for me. He was patient and kind. He was the kind of person who you wanted to be around because you always felt better, uplifted, and more hopeful. He made the world a better place, even though he left us too soon, he changed so many lives and his memory will live on in my heart. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my dear friend. 

Zainab Khan

I am honoured to have known you as I did. Your presence and smile made the gloomiest of days the brightest. Not a day passes by when I’m not thinking about you. I miss you! But I’m glad to have spent time with you, glad to have been able to make memories with you. Because those memories no one can steal! They will stay with me till my last breath. Till you and I meet once again. 

Syed Muneem

Great Person! May Allah SWT bless his soul and give him a place in Jannah.