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Story of the cahow goes international
Friday, October 05, 2012

FRIDAY, OCT. 5: The story of how Bermuda’s cahow was brought back from the brink of extinction will hit bookstores across the world next week.


Popular Zoological Society employee dies of cancer
Friday, September 28, 2012

Friends and family yesterday paid tribute to Bermuda Zoological Society’s educational boat captain Tim Hasselbring, who has died from cancer aged 38.


Young dad's death devastates family
Friday, September 28, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28: A heartbroken wife has spoken of her family’s devastating loss after the death of her husband from cancer.


'A visionary with an infectious enthusiasm for life'
Friday, September 28, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28: Tributes from Tim Hasselbring’s close friends and colleagues have poured in from across the island in the wake of his death.


Returning shark brings slew of new data
Friday, September 07, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7: A tiger shark that was tagged in Bermuda in 2009 has turned up near the island again three years later.



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Young dad's death devastates family
Bermuda Sun
Friday, September 28, 2012

9/28/2012 9:00:00 AM
Simon Jones

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28: A heartbroken wife has spoken of her family’s devastating loss after the death of her husband from cancer.

Tim Hasselbring — a much loved and respected conservationist, educator and businessman — died last weekend after a two-year-battle battle with cancer. He was 38.

His wife Nadia described him as a “devoted” dad who was “besotted” by their one-year-old daughter, Havilland.

She told the Bermuda Sun: “Tim was utterly besotted with her. It was mutual.

“They could just sit there and beam at each other.

“No one could make her giggle like he could, no one could make as many funny faces, do as many silly voices for her puppets, or console her so reassuringly when she cried.

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Torn apart: Tim Haselbring pictured with
his devoted wife Nadia, in July 2009.

*Photo supplied.

“Tim said that one of the most wonderful things that he had ever done in his life was to rock his little baby to sleep at night. “

Mr Hasselbring was diagnosed with metastatic cancer in late 2010.

But he continued to work tirelessly and live life to the full until the disease spread to his brain in May.

His wife added: “The enormity of his loss is devastating to us, and it is hard to imagine the future without him.

“But a spirit as strong and as well-loved as Tim’s will always be with us, surrounding us like the sea that was so much a part of him.

”Mr Hasselbring was born in northern Japan in 1974 where his father was a teacher at the Department of Defence overseas school system.

And he came to Bermuda at the age of seven when his parents worked at the Chaffee School on the US Base.

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Great Dad: Tim Hasselbring with his baby
daughter Havilland on Charles Island last November.

* Photo supplied.

Mrs Aguiar-Hasselbring said: “He had an idyllic childhood in St. David’s, where by all accounts he spent most of his time peering into tide pools. In almost every childhood picture he’s holding a creature.

“Tim loved Bermuda and, aside from his years at university, where he studied biology, he remained here and has always been deeply, elementally connected with the natural world.”

The popular family man went on to found the Bermuda Shark Project as well as captain the Aquarium ship, taking hundreds of children out on educational tours of the island.

He also ran an alternative energy company that was looking to harness the power of wave energy in Bermuda.

Mrs Aguiar-Hasselbring told the Sun: “Tim moved at speed. He didn’t stroll or saunter, he bounded.

“He leaped from docks onto boats and took stairs four at a time with his great long legs. His mind was even faster than his body.

“He was a prodigious reader and had a wonderful ear for language. He was a cook, a carpenter, a boat captain, an artist, an inventor. A friend once said that he didn’t think there was a single thing that Tim wouldn’t be good at.

“But he was a modest person. His love of learning and the satisfaction he took from work were not tied to ego or ambition—they were pure.

“He was the funniest person I knew, and the best storyteller. He was a generous friend and a profoundly devoted and loving husband.”

• The family has set up an education fund for Havilland in her father’s memory. Donations can be made to HSBC account 002-111136-013 or via PO Box FL 145, Flatts, FLBX.