|"What do you write? What do you say? What do you think?
How do you behave? How do you mourn your friend? . . .
It's simply incomprehensible. The pictures, the memories,
the stories and the shared experiences all run through our
minds. We cannot begin to share all the thoughts, let alone
talk about you in the past tense.
Ido, do you know that this is perhaps the first time that we
have called you by your proper name, Ido. For us, you always
were and always will be Shappy.
You came to our unit from the pilot training course and
we very quickly understood that you were one-of-a-kind, a
very special sort of guy. You were always tidy and organized,
everything was in its place, and you had this amazing inner
peace. You worked hard at everything and were a real
professional. You only needed to look at a map for a few
seconds and you were ready to navigate.
We always joked about how serious you were, but we
managed to squeeze a laugh or two and some kidding
around out of you. It's unbearable to think about you and
know that we will not meet again. You never complained
and enjoyed everything that you did.
In recent months, you were constantly visiting, phoning,
and checking up with each of us to see how we were
doing. You told us how you couldn’t wait for the guys from
November 2004 to arrive because you were going to be
their commanding officer.
Daniella and Uri, Ido never told you about the things he
was doing in the army because he didn’t want to worry
you. He wanted you to feel that there was no cause for
anxiety or fear.
He looked after everyone and was always asking us "What's
up?" He would explain everything down to the finest details,
and always searched for all the answers to all the questions.
With a smile, he would say "Hey guys, we've got a problem
Yes, Shappy, we've got a big problem here all right! You left
us so suddenly but there's still so much left for you to do.
There are still equations to solve and numerous tracks that
you haven't yet walked and sadly never will . . . but you need
to know, Shappy, that you are with us in our hearts when we
walk those tracks and you'll always be a part of us.
Shappy, ask our merciful father above to keep us safe and
to keep safe all those who care about you and all the IDF
Uri, Daniella, Hilah and Noa, we want you to know that the
whole team is here for you and with you always.
Daniella, today we became part of your family and now you
have another twenty-three sons.
There is no way for us to thank you enough for all that you
have done for us and for the support that you gave us and
No words can describe our sense of loss and sorrow.
Shappy, we, the March 2004 team, ask you to forgive us if
we caused you hurt or harm in any way. We bow our heads
in sorrow, and we salute and thank you for everything,
but specially for the privilege of being your friend.
||May your memory be blessed.
The March 04 Team