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It was devastating to learn the loss of such a special person in my life, a dear friend, mentor, colleague… He was truly like family to me- as I always said, both Ann and Ali were like my family in Canada… Ali completely changed my career path opening many doors, being a fatherly mentor, always supporting me in endless ways, and beyond that being a genuinely caring person... No words can describe how amazing he was as a person, he touched many lives in many ways, always inspired us with his energy and enthusiasm in his work and in his life…

I wish I could give him one last hug if I could go to Vancouver this summer. I can only console myself that I always tried to show how much I value and appreciate him and all he did to support me. And I can only find relief in having the honor to get to know him and work with him closely over many years, though still not enough…

Now all I can do is to honor his memory by continuing to take our projects forward, as he would wish, and have a lunch in remembrance of him at Kennedy Lodge at Bogazici University, facing the Bosphorus which he deeply loved, wishing his spirit can maybe feel from somewhere...

Rest in peace Ali… I will miss you so much...