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I have known Ali for 20 years. I still remember our first meeting in his office at University of Lethbridge. He spoke softly right into your heart. Ali had a special ability to make all friends felt special. When he moved to UVic, he extended welcome to old friends. Several colleagues also were attracted to follow him to the new institute. He arranged a seminar for me to exchange ideas with the faculty members there. Where he went, Ali always left remarkable footprints for the institute he served. We had an agreement to meet in Vancouver some time last year. Because of schedule changes on both sides, we were hoping to actualize the meeting this summer. Now with great regrets, I won't be able to meet him in person for his insightful comments and friendly greetings. Ali, you will be missed deeply!