Dear friends, acquaintances, and hopefully, the many of you whom we do not know personally, I'm reaching out to all of you because we are connected by one common thread: David Thomas, also known to some of us as DT, our abbreviation for David Edgar Cowan Thomas.
After the second of July, which might be nearly a month ago as you read this, we have lost touch with David. Upon further enquiries with the Canadian authorities, close associates and representatives of his family we have confirmed that David has passed away unexpectedly in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, in the place where he was residing of late. We are now in the midst of preparing for a trip between the 6th and 8th of August where we will meet the family representatives as well as organise an informal memorial gathering for his acquaintances, associates and students in Ho Chi Minh. This memorial shall take place on the evening of 7th August at a place to be announced soon.
There have been questions about how he passed, and I understand, being far and removed from the affable memory of David, we would like to look back and to place detail into the unexpected and regrettable fact. Please be assured that his family, whose privacy of this matter we choose to respect will help us decide how these details may be shared.
I prefer to remember him by his values, his visionary approach, how he shared this wisdom with us. As David wrote: “we are quantifying that which is unquantifiable, someday we will build without walls"
We have thought it would be sensible to set up a webpage which allows for comment and contributions, the funds collected will be passed in full, and directly to David's family representatives when we meet them on the 6th August 2018 in Ho Chi Minh.