The Moon
Eli Yasni
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 22, 1947
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Oct 18, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Jaffa, Israel
Let the memory of Eli be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Eli Yasni, born on April 22, 1947 who passed away on October 18, 2015, aged 68. We will remember him forever.

Eli was born in Poland. He lived in Poland, Israel, Australia, America, New Zealand and China. He was a New Zealand citizen. His knowledge and rich experience affected a lot of peoples' lives. We miss him deeply.  

Eli was a genius and great scientist.  He worked very very hard.  In his research area, he was a loner but conquered a lot of frustration, problems, difficult jobs and solved many mysteries.  He was the Napoleon in the world of science.

Eli had a kind heart.  He was real.  He could be as angry as an erupted volcano when he dealt with bureaucracy.  Yet he could cry like a child when he needed to say good-bye to a good friend.  No one really knew him fully because he experienced so much in his life.  This made him unique.

Eli cared about people dearly.  Most of the time, he would initiate the meeting because he genuinely missed them.  He cherished them all.  If you knew him, deep in his heart, he was a very kind, nice, gentle, wonderful man.

Eli was Eli: special and unique. He lived his life in full. He was a son, a brother, a student, a brave soldier, a commander, a good friend, a sailor, an engineer, a Doctor of Philosophy, a great scientist, a caring boy-friend, a loving husband,a supportive stepfather, a colleague, a mentor,a loyal customer...

Eli will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  

There are a lot of things we haven't had a chance to say, a lot of things we haven't had a chance to do. We all love you, miss you and we will remember you forever. You played such an important part in so many peoples' lives. Good or bad, happy or sad, you are resting in peace. Eli. Our love and thoughts will be there with you.

Eli, you will be in our life, in our hearts forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 31st December 2016

"Happy New Year my great scientist!"

This tribute was added by Phil Scadden on 19th October 2016

"One year on and I still find myself seeing/hearing things related to any of the numerous discussions/arguments that Eli and I had on literature, science, history or politics and wanting to talk to him about it. But no more. You are sadly missed."

This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 18th October 2016

"Time flies Eli. It is unreal that you are Just in the other side of the marble wall. Your family, your friends, we all miss you. You are still with us and you will be in our heart forever.

Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Ben Caradoc-Davies on 17th October 2016


one year ago today we lost you. I miss you, my true friend. Rest in peace.

Ben Caradoc-Davies"

This tribute was added by :) :) on 26th July 2016

"I believe that Eli's story is one to be told. So without reservation, I shall add it here, where I intend to shed light and illuminate some of my experiences with Eli.

I remember Eli from my time as a physics student over the years at Otago.
He worked very hard, didn't tolerate fools, which surprised me, as we seemed to get on - and swapped notes from time to time.
A most excellent student, who wrote a concise PhD thesis. And it was a pleasure to proof read it for him.

Unfortunately for Eli, even his own supervisor tried to fail him. You see, many physicists aren't terribly educated to be honest. Their specialty is narrow, and older mature students present a particular problem to them, as if it is outside their field – they frequently founder in confusion.
I remember being called into Registry by a colleague there, to my complete surprise to be handed a pile of paperwork. I ended up having to advise on the legal aspects of the University’s dealing with issues of errant supervisors, and the marking of examinations.
The nature of the topic was unique. Exquisite. The impasse was resolved as a thesis copy was sent for independent examination advice overseas.
Awaiting the result, we were all pleasantly surprised, as the reviewer of some substantial fame, said it wasn't his field, but sent it to someone whom it was. The results came back glowing. Spectacular!
Otago then rapidly ‘rubber stamped’ the thesis, before it caused them any more embarrassments or Biblical legal bills ... and Dr Eli Yasni went into the world a free man!
The eagle soared ... and the weasel was sucked into the jet engine ... for all the world to see!

The treatment Eli suffered was not something I wished to repeat, so I wisely plotted my career elsewhere.

Over the years, I would bump into him on campus. "What are you doing now?"
"Hmm, what is this?"
"Oh I don't understand this!"

Excellent conversations would ensue.

If I have anything to thank Eli for - it is for setting me free, on a path of serious enlightenment.

And that my friends, was a very very special gift.

Thank you Eli!"

This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 29th June 2016

"Time flies and many changes, my great scientist,

England left EU is the biggest news and they also got beaten by Iceland...What do you think all of these?

I only have one last paper to do and then I can graduate! exciting. I can't wait to finish my study. Do you think I will find an accountant position soon?

My dad's birthday is approaching, but you are not here any more. What a pity we didn't take family reunion photo last year. That was my fault.

הכל בסדר Ha cola be sede. Soon, I will be home and then I will go to see you, to stand in front of you... I am happy. Are you happy too?"

This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 4th April 2016

"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush.
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the star shine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there.  I do not die.

Tomb-Sweeping Day 2016"

This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 14th February 2016

"Hi Eli

You were in my dream  yesterday early in the morning. You lost weight but look healthier.  Like usual, you gave me a bear hug. Good to see you return with good mood on Valentine's Day. I am not sad now. I know you love me dearly and you made my day. I feel peaceful and I know you are around :-)

Happy Valentin's Day, Eli.

Yours princess"

This tribute was added by Peter Stidolph on 14th January 2016

"I first met Eli in the early 1980's at a Thermal Power Plant. At the time has was working on his Thesis and spent hours tracing every pipe on the plant so he could solve the energy flows. After that we became friends due to a shared interest in Power Station efficiency.
Eli was a colourful character who will be remembered by all at Huntly and especially by the Control Operators who often took calls in the middle of the night when Eli had a project running.  They didn't always share his enthusiasm but that didn't stop him. Eli was passionate about what he did and he totally believed that everyone else shared  his passion!  I'd have to say a big thanks to Eli for all the help and motivation he gave me over the years, in the early years he would visit me, often at his own expense and help me with plant problems because he was a kind, caring person. He was always bright, cheerful and interested in life. He always asked about my family and took an interest in my children, often producing maths problems to help progress my daughters education. One thing I remember most about Eli is his intolerance for bureaucracy, it was the one thing he couldn't stand and he could rattle off many examples of where it operated in big organisations. Sometimes the wheels of progress turned slowly and it was frustrating but our hearts were always in the right place. I will always remember Eli, I am a better person because of my association with him and I will continue to practice the lessons he taught me in future. I have Eli's picture on the main notice board where it will stay for many years, I look at it everyday and remember him. He was taken too soon and is sadly missed. My heart goes out to Donna and family."

This tribute was added by Yong Li on 23rd December 2015

"Nice man"

This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 22nd November 2015


上个月今天的晚上(2015年10月23日)是我人生中最为黑暗的日子。我那么理所当然的认为你会永远在那里,永远不会离开我太久,可是,我真的错了。 从那个夜晚开始,我的生活再也回不到过去了。在短暂的人生里,我从来没有经历过真正的失去,可是,现在我终于体验到失去的苦痛和无能为力,还有无法挽回的心碎。

艾力,你真的让所有在乎你爱你的朋友难过震惊,这不是应该有的告别方式。 但我也知道,你一直都是与众不同的,所以,或许这是你的方式,一直将你的与众不同坚持到生命的最后一刻。

艾力, 你生来是个传奇,你的离开也是一个传奇。我知道你将永远在我的生命里,在不远的地方暗暗保护着我。我很开心今年夏天那短暂的跟你分享的时光,未来的日子我可以慢慢咀嚼那些心平气和,开心聊天的夜晚;我也非常开心你永远的停留在我的生命里,你永远是我的家人,永远属于我,直到生命最后一刻。。。




This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 18th November 2015

"Dear Eli

It has been a month already.I will never be able to go back to my life like it was before. I am being strong and I will do my best to carry on your life's work. I have yours tree in my yard - it is strong, special, just like you.

Don't worry, Eli. Violetta and I are all good. We miss you.

Rest in Peace Eli."

This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 14th November 2015

"Hi Eli

Last month this time, you called me. If I knew that was my last conversation with you, I would keep talking and never hang up.

It is like a story without ending. You haven't completed the chapter yet... Please come back to finish it..."

This tribute was added by Dina osman on 12th November 2015

"Dear Eli
I miss you.
I always remember your cheerful laughter and kind heart.The words you used to say come to my mind time to time.You are such a gentle man always care about your friends.You are so intelligent and talented on science and also history.I like the  stories you told me,its amazing that you can remember so many stories .In fact, you are the myth itself,your life is splendid,your achievement will be known.
Do you remember you said we will fight against global warming and change the world together. you promised you will visit my hometown after you won the Nobel Prize.You'd better keep your word dude.
You are not my oldest friend,but you are my best friend.I can't believe I cant hear from you anymore.
  Now you go to another place,maybe the beautiful island you told me you will go.enjoy the sunshine.
Some friend say,the world is poorer without you.But I want to say,The world is better with you and we are lucky to have you in our lives.Your kind heart and the love to people will be everlasting.Me and other friends will continue your career,to make your dreams come true and the world better.
  I will always love you.


This tribute was added by Ben Caradoc-Davies on 11th November 2015


you were a true friend and a genuine human being. You connected me with others and made me want to be a better person. I will always miss you. Rest in peace.

Ben Caradoc-Davies"

This tribute was added by Vivienne Anderson on 2nd November 2015

"Eli was a warm, vibrant person who we really enjoyed getting to know while he was living in our city. Donna we are so sorry to hear of your loss."

This tribute was added by Phil Scadden on 30th October 2015

"Eli was a larger than life character, determined to live life on his terms and ready for any challenge (even learning Windows... well maybe). As a scientist, he showed what can be achieved by continuing to focus on one problem, no matter how herculean the task, and to chip away relentlessly till it is solved. He loved mathematics, loved physics, loved Einstein and brought all those passions to the task. As a colleague he could be inspiring, infuriating, insightful, dogmatic and inquiring - all within 10 minutes. He was a true scholar, always off to listen to talks from other scientists to see what could be learnt. His thirst for physics knew no bounds. As a person, he was cheerful, caring, and a great friend. I remember him for his constant interest in my family and for being the perfect gentleman to my wife and daughter. He loved his friends and delighted in discussions on politics, literature, art, history and of course science. Eli, we could quarrel like brothers and then be friends again in an hour like brothers. I will miss you. Gone too soon.

Phil Scadden"

This tribute was added by Donna Zhu on 28th October 2015

"Dear Eli

I loved you. You’re a lion with a very soft heart; you are a child with superman’s cover. You are a very special person. I am honored to have you in my life and for you to keeping me in yours. We have changed each other’s fate. No matter what have happened, you are always here- in my heart; just like I am there – in yours. Now, you don’t need to be worried, you are in peace.

Yours Princess"

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