Ari Hirvonen (1960-2021)

This is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write.

Yesterday evening my beloved friend and cherished colleague Ari passed away. The emotions are still too raw to be eulogised into anything meaningful. But for those of you with whom we have stayed in touch through these digitised media, especially over the last few years, hopefully this short message will be enough for now.

Ari slept away peacefully with his loved ones by his side. He had battled with ill health for longer than most of us had realised. During his final days, Ari was generous enough to receive friends. He may have drifted in and out of consciousness, but during his better moments, he would clearly acknowledge our presence, maybe mumble a word or two, and smile faintly.

He will be so deeply missed.