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I keep trying to find words to express the enormity that is the loss of Ali to me. I suppose explaining what Ali meant to me, as I so often described to my friends, would help - he was my "second dad".

His support, respect and love were precious to me and I cannot imagine a future without him. No major choice made was quite right without a consultation with him. He knew me so well and knew the questions I needed to ask myself to make sure I considered the best course.

He was always there when you really needed him, as busy as he could be, which gave me a sense of never being entirely alone.

I know I won't get to hear his laughter or his words next time I need them with my ears, but I know I still will. Memories if him will be with me forever.