Every night I ask myself: Could I have done things differently?
DANIELLE Rippon’s tragic death was a lesser evil because she dreaded ageing and suffering a long illness, her family say.
Her daughter Isabelle Jabbini, 45, said; “She was always worried about dying from illness.”
Her son Bruce added: “She would have hated old age and its problems.”
At her thanksgiving service her third child William summed her up by saying: “She loved a good thriller and in this respect her death and the accident in the plane would have fascinated her sense of drama.
“She went out with a bang and with no need to face old age and the monotony of illness.
“Actually, Danielle died in the prime of her life but next to the man she loved and having the time of her life with little time to think of anything else.
“She would not have asked for more.”
Max Rippon has never flown since the tragedy but said he was satisfied by the jury’s verdict.
He said: “The jury’s summary was fair and succinct and I am grateful.
“Every night I have asked myself ‘ Could I have done things differently,’ but the coroner’s words reassured me.
“Danielle would now want us to get on with our lives and be positive.”
Danielle and Max regularly flew to the family apartment in Paris.
She is now buried in her father’s homeland in Corsica, where the funeral had taken place on October 12, 2007.
A service of thanksgiving had also been held for local friends at St Michael’s Church, Smarden, on October 25. The eulogy from William was provided both in English and French.