I first came to know Simon when I taught at Derby for two years in the late 1990s. I will never forget the days we spent working together and the evenings we spent chatting till late into the night in pubs in Derby. Those were times of incredible happiness and excitement for me, and that was in no small part down to him. I know that Simon was deeply moved by the autobiographical book written by his doctoral supervisor, Gillian Rose, on her impending death from cancer in 1995 – “Love’s Work”. It is uncanny, and so very very sad, that his own life seems to have turned the same way. I will always remember him in my heart.