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S: Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (CICR)

BC: Un immense merci et tout nos meilleurs voeux pour l'avenir! De toute l'équipe MOPHA

FC: Livre d'or Syméon Antoulas

2: Avec nos respectueux hommages

6: Business as usual

8: Dear Syméon, two strong memories will forever remain with me from our time together in Manila and the Philippines: the close working relationship, and the space you created to promote and develop a shared analysis of the daily events, the links to broader trends and developments in the humanitarian situation (and the Sulu and Mindanao question), and, of course, the fact of our being neighbours, which had to include the well being of the San Lorenzo village community of feline creatures. and, less. I forget, one additional memory --- the visits to the many Makati Starbucks locations very best to you. Michael Rudiak and family

10: The office | Cher Syméon, Par petites touches tu as été pour moi un inspirateur précieux. La subtilité de ton esprit et la clairvoyance de tes analyses seraient déja beaucoup de raisons pour te regretter, alors quand on ajoute ta courtoisie et ton sens de l'humour, on se trouve un peu penaud et démunis a l'idée de ton départ... En tout cas un immense merci! Amitiés, Bruno.

11: Very Best Wishes for a happy retirement Symeon, sorry to hear you are gone and I will not have opportunity to wish you farewell. I am currently in Manila so this will be impossible. I remember with fondness our working together in Geneva, and Vukovar, but mostly for our experiences in Timor with yourself Bob MacKay during the beginning of the crisis. What a time!! Your compassion, patience and kindness towards colleagues as well as the beneficiaries was always respected and appreciated and will be remembered. Good fortune in your future endeavors, John Wert Logistics Coordinator Philippines

19: Une vie se raconte au fur et a mesure qu'elle passe. Je te souhaite d'avoir encore de longues, longues pages a écrire, pleines de moments inoubliables. J'ai beaucoup apprécié travailler avec toi et j'ai toujours le bijoux que S. et toi m'aviez offert au Cambodge. Amitiés Marie-Chantal | Dear Symeon, Although we've worked together at a distance, what has stood out for me is that you are truly a committed humanitarian. I wish you all the best in your future life and I look forward to meeting you again one of these days. Regards, Pauline Wall, ICRC Australia

20: Dear Symeon, During my time at ICRC you have been my constant source of support, advice, wisdom and friendship. I appreciate that I had this opportunity to work with you and get to know you more than I can say. Your departure from ICRC has left a big hole, and I know that you will be missed by everyone who has worked with you during your time here. I look forward to seeing you again plenty in the future, be it here in Geneva, or during unknown adventures to come! Thank you again. Amy Farewell! a word that must be, and hath been, A sound which makes us linger ; --yet—farewell!

24: My daughter just walked into the living room and said: "Dad, cancel my allowance immediately, rent my room out, throw all my clothes out of the window, take my TV, and stereo, and iPhone, and iPod, and my laptop. Please take all of my jewelry to Lifeline or Vinnies. Then sell my new car, take my front door key away from me and throw me out of the house. Then disown me and never talk to me again. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to write me out of your will and leave my share to my brother." Well, she didn't actually put it like that... she actually said... "Dad, this is my new boyfriend, Mohammed." | Puisque c'est vendredi

27: Most people who have met Symeon are familiar with his kind manner, his enthusiasm for ICRC's mandate and work, his intellectual rigour and curiosity, and his ability to charm and captivate a wide range of audiences. Those who have had the privilege of working closely with him know also of his generosity to others, his wry and dry sense of humour, and his passion for collecting exotic and obscure objects from around the globe! Thanks Symeon for the unique and rewarding introduction you gave me to the ICRC, I wish you all the best for the future. Giovanni Trambaiolo Attaché DiMCoH 2010

31: Hello Syméon I knew that you were soon retiring, and now you have, by just slipping discreetly away. I don't pretend to be surprised but am sorry to not to say good-bye, and that I have greatly appreciated knowing you, since we met in Cambodia when you explained to me the significance of the human skulls, which sadly were much in evidence. More recently in HQ it was often as you went to and from the Coop for your Coka Cola and sandwich that we met. In these diverse locations it was always a pleasure. I will look out for you and Marlne in our common neighbourhood Wishing you all the very best for future projects Take care, enjoy Stephanie O'Connor

32: My dear colleague, Now I am sure you have a lot of time. I hope you have a window, a small table and a chair. Open your papers and remember the places you worked in that turned sad because of the war maker fools. Try to remember, how many persons you could change their conditions. Do you remember some of the smiles on the wondering faces, or the shy looks of gratitude that could soar with your soul?

33: My dear, your experience is a lifetime; you can make it a candle lightening the way for your friends and colleagues. If it was not, so excuse me, this lifetime is gone without an imprint. I am a colleague you have not met before, trying to follow your track, already completed half the way in 11 years and insist on leaving an imprint to be my ticket to Heaven. Adel Al-Attar, WatHab Engineer, Basrah office, Iraq

34: Dear Symeon, I will always think back to our missions to Strasbourg together with pleasure. Although I am only in the beginning of my career (and how you listened to my projects, doubts and ideas for a future career!), I think that I have met with an exceptionally humble man, with an amazing experience behind him that did from time to time result in some great stories. The work during the Parliamentary Assembly meetings, consisting of "catching" as often as possible the right interlocutors for our messages, was very instructive. Our evenings and lunches in Strasbourg were very pleasant; how could it not have been the case with such company? I wish you good luck in your future projects and thank you for all you have taught me by being such an example of professionalism and friendliness. Thank you as well to your lovely wife Marlene, who was never without a kind word. All the best, Hilde Sagon

40: Dear Symeon, I hope you will remember me, one of the "Stagaires from UDH." You are one of my first ICRC colleagues and I remember your kindness and patience as I navigated my way through the headquarters as an idealistic intern. Even though it sounds cliché, I wish you health, happiness and peace as you embark on your new adventures in retirement. Amy Christofferson, Stagaire UDH 2005"

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