“ Although I knew Ali only a short time, I was immediately struck by his gentle, thoughtful and sincere nature, his constructive approach and optimism, his vibrancy, and his generosity of spirit. He cared for people and made time for all.
I have a lovely memory of his bringing back some saffron for me from Iran, together with advice for his particular technique on how best to use it. Given the demands on his time and how relatively little he knew me, this small gesture was most appreciated and treasured. I'll think of him fondly now each time I use it.
I am very thankful to have known Ali, and SFU was fortunate to benefit from his contributions and vision; his presence will be felt for years to come. Ali will be sadly missed and no doubt his passing leaves a deep void at SFU, the broader academic community, his many friends, and most importantly, his family. My sincere condolences to Ann, Kia and Nikisa, and family. We are thinking of you during this very sad time. ”