One half of the Everest conquering duo, Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand, died today of pneumonia. He was 88 years old.
This guy was the stuff of history books. I remember as a child going waa…when reading of his feat of climbing Mount Everest in Nepal with his sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay. Norgay died back in 1986.
The New Zealand government plans a state funeral for their mountaineer hero. Fitting too, I believe. New Zealand has a long tradition of producing hardy sportsmen.
Britain’s Telegraph reports that the sherpas of Nepal mourn the loss of this remarkable man who spent much time helping to improve the life of sherpa guides after his retiring from mountaineering.
May His Soul Rest In Peace.