Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In which we get all judgmental

Via Cowen, the death of's manager, on Mt. Everest:
An Irish man who has died attempting to reach the summit of Everest did not know his wife had just given birth to a baby girl back home.

John Delaney, 42, from Kilcock, Co Kildare, is understood to have collapsed less than 50 metres from reaching the top and realising his ultimate dream.

He is the first Irish man to die on the world's highest mountain.

The climber, a managing director of an online market prediction company, died on Saturday but because his team was out of contact with base camp during the final stage of the trek it has only just been confirmed.

Mr Delaney - who also had two young sons, Caspar, three, and two-year-old Alexander - died without knowing his wife Orla, 39, gave birth to a girl last Wednesday. She is to be called Hope.

Orla's brother Liam Hurley said Mr Delaney lived for his family.

'The one person who can describe him best is the one person who can't speak at the moment, and that's Orla,' he told the Press Association.

'He was a generous, loving guy - the family came first for him. He adored his two children, and he spent as much time as he could with them. It's just a shame he's not going to get to meet the third.'
I'm sorry, but if "your family comes first" and you've got two kids with a third on the way, then what the hell are you doing climbing Mt. Everest?

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