Dr. Anthony Alfred John Marley
February 15, 1940 – June 14, 2021
Dr. Anthony Alfred John Marley, born on February 15, 1940 in Devon, England died suddenly of a coronary event on June 14, 2021 in Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 81 years. He is survived by his beloved wife of over 50 years Carol Ann Marley, his loving daughter Dr. Anna O. Marley, and his devoted grandson Gabriel McLean Marley, currently both of Philadelphia, PA. He was predeceased by his sister Pamela Marley, and his parents Violet and Thomas Marley.
Tony grew up in the small town of Fremington, Devon, where he won a Devon County Scholarship to earn a B.Sc. in Mathematics with First Class Honors from the University of Birmingham, a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Post-Doctoral Miller Institute Fellowship at UC Berkeley . He was a recipient of numerous awards including a Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship, Killam Fellowship, and served as the President of the Society for Mathematical Psychology and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mathematical Psychology for 30 years. He is Professor Emeritus at McGill University where he served as professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria, and Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute for Choice at the University of South Australia. Tony was a brilliant scholar of mathematical and computational models of perception and cognition and their empirical study.
In addition to his scholarly work Tony had a passion for collecting Meccano, Inuit and Aboriginal Australian art, walking his Australian Shepherds on the beach, wearing bowties, attending live jazz, traveling the world, and during the pandemic playing online chess with his grandson. At Tony’s request there will be no funeral, however, his family and colleagues will organize an online memorial, and when possible, his family will celebrate his life and scatter his ashes in his beloved Devon.
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July 12, 2021
Jul 09, 2021
A.A.J. (Tony) Marley Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Professor Emeritus A.A.J. (Tony) Marley Wins the Society for Mathematical Psychology Senior Fellow Award (2021).
MATHPSYCH.ORG — Professor Emeritus A.A.J. (Tony) Marley was named winner of the prestigious Society for Mathematical Psychology Senior Fellow Award (2021) on July 9, 2021, for his lifetime contributions to the field of mathematical psychology. Professor Marley won the prize for his contributions in the mathematical modeling of psychological phenomena, the mentorship of students, faculty, and others, with a particular focus on advancing the field of mathematical psychology, and for his service that has advanced the field of mathematical psychology.
Dr. A.A.J. (Tony) Marley
An extract from the nomination letter reads: “I believe Tony scores extremely high on the three primary dimensions of consideration for this award: (1) Research contributions; (2) Service to the field and [Society for Mathematical Psychology]; (3) Mentorship of younger members. First, we observe that the field of scientific psychology has recognized Tony’s manifold contributions with a long list of awards, too many to recount here, but including a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship, a Fulbright Study Grant, and a number of fellowships in various scientific societies. Second, his research has attracted extramural support over many decades, many of these in collaboration with scientists around the world. Third, one feature of Tony’s career that supersedes that of virtually anyone else in the field, is the interdisciplinary and indeed, international nature of his research. [...] In each of [his] positions, he has had extensive mentoring roles, for young faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.”
Professor Marley earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He was both a Fulbright Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellow. In 1969, Professor Marley joined the fac
July 8, 2021
I was saddened to hear of the death of Tony. It was through Peter McNally that I received this announcement, and he also was very sorry at this news. I reflected on the life you has built together and the mutual support and encouragement that you and Tony shared. I also recalled the dinner you invited Guy and me . You both were so welcoming to us as new Montrealers. So very long ago now and yet so vivid in my memory.
Please take good care of yourself at this sad time. I know that your daughter Anna must be of great comfort to you.
July 2, 2021
Tony, Dr. Anthony Marley, sure was one of a kind. Kind, generous, friendly, funny, curious, erudite - all those things everyone else has already said....
I first met Dr. Marley at my very first conference of the Society of Math Psych as a new grad student, at Northwestern U in the mid 1980's. As a student, I had read his papers (I was so impressed! barely understood them) but back then there were no web sites or photos online so I couldn't google him. So, after my first public talk/presentation ever (I was so nervous), this tall man in a bowtie and interesting facial hair came up to me and said very nice things about my talk and my research. I asked someone "who is that man?" and, yes, it was Dr. Anthony Marley. I have never forgotten the huge impression that bit of encouragement, from a person famous in my field, made on me.
Over the years, Tony popped up in my life periodically but consistently, in big/important ways (my tenure review) and small/even more important ways (invitations to dinner after he and Carol moved to Victoria). I am so grateful to have known him, and I will miss him.
With my deepest condolences to Carol, and Anna and Gabriel (whom I have not met but heard so much about), Helena
June 28, 2021
My wife Pam and myself were very sorry to learn of Tony's passing.
I met Tony in 1969 when I started at McGill as a graduate student. We connected immediately because we shared an interest in mathematical psychology, not a mainstream topic, and because we both hailed from the UK.
Over the next three years, Tony was a wise counsellor, providing helpful advice and support for my Ph.D. project. In particular, I recall his clear comments on a draft of my thesis, the most important of which was to show me how to be succinct. It is a lesson that I have tried to follow. Pam and I also met Tony and Carol at McGill parties, where we enjoyed his wit, and we had the pleasure of meeting his father, who had come over from England for a holiday.
Some years later, Tony came to Bishop's University, where I spent my academic career, as Chairperson of a small committee whose mandate was to review the course offerings of our psychology department. On arrival, Tony's first question was: "How is Pam?" He had his priorities right. That said, over the few days that the committee did its work, Tony was the consummate professional and showed once again his great ability to keep the discussion on track.
I see Tony as a model researcher, and I am indebted to him for his counsel. Pam and I offer our condolences to Tony's family, and particularly to Carol. We feel privileged to have been touched by him.
June 28, 2021
I met Tony in 2001 but got to know him when we were both frequent visitors to the Centre for Choice in Sydney, from 2009 to 2013. I am very fortunate to have known him, and grateful for his generous mentoring, our research collaboration and stimulating conversations. I will always miss his friendly manner, sense of humour, and endless supply of stories. I offer the sincerest of condolences to his lovely wife Carol, as well as to his daughter and her family, who I have not had the pleasure to meet. Tony has enriched the lives of so many people.
June 28, 2021
Dear Carol and Anna
I was devastated to hear of the loss of your lovely Tony. He was one of the best friends I made through my mutual academic connections.I am humbled and grateful to have crossed paths with him and to then to have then got to know him as a friend who shared my passions for academic research, jazz, art, theatre and more. I will never forget his kindness, his ability to listen and gently offer sound advice and his patience. He was immensely proud of his family and he was delighted that I could meet Carol (in CA some decades ago) and Anna (in Edinburgh also many years ago). I was fortunate to enjoy an evening with him in Ronnie Scott's and the next day cook him a curry upon his request. We had spoken just a few days before he passed about staying active during retirement, alternative careers and in particular the joy of gardening. He commented on fond memories of tending to his father's vegetable garden when he was a little boy. I shall miss my annual birthday card next week (he never forgot!) but most of all I'll miss the light that has gone out with his passing. A wonderful brilliant friend. Much love to Anna and Carol and wee Gabriel - You are always welcome in London xoxo
June 28, 2021
I am very sorry ot hear about the passing away of Tony. I met Tony on several occasions, a very warm and nice man. I greatly appreciate all the comment she sent on my research, which helped me a lot. My condolences to his wife and family. May you rest in peace Tony. Thank you for all the great memories.
June 26, 2021
I was greatly saddened to hear of Tony's passing. I have so many great memories of him, many at the UVic University Club with the lunch gang, discussing research and our personal lives. My fondest memories are of him sharing stories about his family. As much as he loved his work, he truly adored his family. He especially loved to share stories and photos of his grandson Gabriel. As he spoke he always smiled with such joy and pride. I was also struck by his kindness. He always asked about my life and family. When I was off on medical leave, he reached out to offer words of support. In addition, I know of more than one occasion when he has quietly helped a friend or a child of a friend or a friend of a friend. If someone asked and he could help, he did. I was also amazed to find out he went skydiving in his younger years. Doing a few jumps until he once ended up in a tree and decided he’d had enough. He also often discussed the virtues of a daily afternoon nap. I am slowly coming around to his point of view. Ultimately when I think of Tony what immediately comes to mind is a picture of him smiling, wearing his bow tie, and delighting in spending time with friends and colleagues. I will miss him! Our UVic lunch group will be poorer in so many ways for his absence.
June 25, 2021
When I met Tony I knew almost instantly that he was one of the good guys. He was such an easy person to talk to and was sincerely interested in what others had to say. I appreciated how he was interested in almost any topic that would come up. His witticisms were a great addition to any gathering and when there was a costume party, well, Tony never disappointed. One of my favourites was when he showed up at a Halloween party burdened by his chains - as Marley's Ghost - oh, the Dickens! He also made a fine Sean Connery when I had a Hollywood-themed 50th birthday. Mike mentioned how at Christmastime we always made sure there was calamari for Tony. I have to add that it was a joy to make sure this item was included - because we knew how appreciated it would be. I remember one time I had to stop Tony from taking some calamari from the pan because it had come straight out of the oven and I didn't want him to burn himself. Another time I had to stop him because it hadn't gone into the oven yet - frozen calamari might not be so great! I will miss all the fun little exchanges as well as the deeper conversations. I doubt very much that you have chains to burden you, Dr. Marley! So much love to Carol, Anna and Gabriel.
June 25, 2021
Tony was one of Duncan Luce's first graduate students at Penn in the early 1960s. That mentorship evolved from collaboration to a friendship that lasted until Duncan's death in 2012. Tony and Duncan enjoyed each other's friendship and shared the same quiet, dry humor. In addition to scientific work, they also were active in several professional associations, including the Society for Mathematical Psychology. Tony was one of the scientists who nominated Duncan for the National Medal of Science, which Duncan received in 2005 (although it was the 2003 Medal). Attached is a photo of Duncan and Tony at the event celebrating the medals.
Duncan's friendship with Tony and Carol grew to include me in the late 1970s, and we met often over the years, both in the US and Canada. We saw them often during Tony's sabbatical year at UCI and they visited when they were in Southern California, creating many happy memories of our time together. Our friendship was fulfilling; Duncan and Tony were happy working on their models, and Carol and I shared many fun adventures in SoCal. After Duncan's death, our friendship continued, and have I enjoyed several trips to Victoria in the meantime.
It is very sad that Tony has left us, too soon, and my heart goes out to Carol, Anna, and Gabe.
June 24, 2021
I have known Carol and Tony and Anna since the beginning of Carol's library career at McGill. I have a great memory of Tony one evening on my deck talking about life and subsequently making decisions that contributed to his family's greater good. Then he was often in Oz when I visited Carol and dogs and cat in their beautiful home. Carol kept me in touch through wonderful photos and phone calls. I send you my deepest condolences at this time of shock and stress.
June 24, 2021
We are Jim and Scarlette McLean, Gabriel's paternal grandparents and parents of Tim McLean, Anna's Husband.
We were very sad to hear from Carol, Tim and Anna about Tony's death. Unfortunately, because of the distance between Victoria, British Columbia and Wilmington, Delaware, we were not able to get together with Carol and Tony as much as we would have liked.
We especially enjoyed the holidays when we could get together to share a meal and good thoughts.
We knew Tony to be a kind and generous person who certainly had a life well lived!
We will miss him.
Jim and Scarlette McLean
June 23, 2021
I had the joy of chatting with Tony whenever he visited the Psychology General Office. He would bring us the most exquisite chocolates from Australia, even the boxes were a work of art. Myself and other office members would save the boxes (after the chocolates quickly disappeared) to put odds and ends in, and as mementos of his charming and witty presence. He was brilliant in his field, but happy to talk about everyday things with us. Tony’s thoughtfulness and good humour will always be remembered.
June 23, 2021
Although I knew he was a well-traveled, erudite, brilliant man and scholar, I confess that when I think of Tony Marley I think of “Anna’s dad.” It was always such a pleasure getting to spend time with him and Carol (aka “Anna’s mum”!) as Anna and I became friends while getting our doctorates, putting them to use, and making many camping and holidaying memories along the way—quite a few with both our sets of parents (who, unlike their daughters, all happen to live on the Best Coast). I am so sad to hear of the passing of Anna’s dad, and I am so sorry for the pain his loss brings those who love him. I know I am better for having known him. and I am so grateful I did. The true definition of a gentleman and a scholar (with a sense of humor to boot!). My heartfelt sympathies and love to Anna and Tim and Gabriel and to Carol.
June 23, 2021
So very sorry to hear the sad news of Tony's sudden death. He will be missed in the psych department by his many colleagues and by the small lunch group that benefited from his smiles and tales of travels to Australia and of his family. I always felt we were welcoming him back from somewhere. I wont mention his great bow ties, since people rarely did - it never seemed out of place or out of date - even in 2020! He sported them with such decorum! Best wishes to you Carol - we are all very proud of him and very sad to loose him.
June 22, 2021
It’s his wry smile and knowing wink that I’ll miss.
He somehow knew just when to use it, and more importantly, just who needed it.
He just knew…
June 22, 2021
Dear Carol and Anna --
I wish I could be there to give you both big hugs. While I did not get to know Tony well, I looked forward to news from Anna announcing that you two were visiting. Tony was so kind and generous to me with his time. He was always interested in what I was doing, what I cared about, and working on. I imagine this is what so many of his students felt -- that he connected easily and warmly to new people and wanted to know what mattered to them.
He always made me feel that he was there to visit me (!) and sometimes had to be extracted from conversation as we nerded out about something or other a little longer than was best for whatever schedule he was supposed to be on. I looked forward to those visits and have fond memories of how proud I could see he was of Anna, despite her proximity to the likes of me...
I know he touched the lives of so many people, and I am happy to have had a little sense of what made him special.
June 22, 2021
Very sad news. Sympathy to all the family
I did not know Tony well, but always enjoyed social and maths discussions at many conferences, and his excellent hospitality when i visited McGill
June 21, 2021
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Tony over the last two years. His brilliance, infectious enthusiasm for research (and researchers) and kindness have been an inspiration. May his soul rest in peace and his friends and family have the strength to bear the loss.
June 21, 2021
Tony was a welcome addition to our Department at the University of Victoria. He was an inspirational and helpful colleague, a convivial friend, and continual source of good humour. My wife and I always looked forward to Tony and Carol attending our annual Christmas party and made sure to have a good helping of calamari on hand to keep Tony happy.
June 21, 2021
A lot of what I would like to say has already been said, but I think this demonstrates how limitless Tony’s passion for his work and care for his collaborators/students was. I felt so honoured and privileged that he visited us especially in Leeds, particularly given he hadn’t even met me in person before his first visit. At the whiteboard, his ideas and suggestions were always insightful and at lunchtime, his stories and jokes always had us laughing. It’ll take a long time for me to get used to not getting emails from him with his thoughts on a paper and when I see a new theory I’ll be wondering what Tony would have made of it.
He had all the traits you could wish for in an academic in abundance and his advice and ideas will influence my own career for years to come. It is however personal advice that I shall never forget. Following a late email reply from me shortly after I’d been on paternity leave last autumn, Tony replied “I may already have given my wise (in both senses) comment about research when one has a young family. When you are my age, you will not regret the papers you didn’t write (or even more, emails not answered) but you might regret time not spent with family…”
Elaine Lucy Harvey
June 21, 2021
It was with huge sadness that I heard of the passing of Tony.
Tony lived in the same small village in North Devon as my late mother Carol. They became firm friends which continued from that day forward. My mum, my late dad (John), Tony, Carol, Anna and I have kept in touch over the years and we made visits both to see them and them to us.
My husband (John) and I last met Tony in The Shangri- La Hotel in Sydney for cocktails overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge, it was magical and a lasting memory.
Tony always sent me a birthday card, on the wrong date, that always made me laugh! Bless him. I will miss that.
His absence will leave a hole in so many peoples lives.
RIP Tony x
June 20, 2021
I will greatly miss Tony and I feel privileged to have known him. Tony was one of the biggest influences on my life, as an academic as a role model and at a personal level. I first met Tony in the early 1990’s when I was teaching at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke. I had come across a booklet on AI in Quebec where his name was listed and was curious about potential research at McGill. I followed up by phoning Tony about the work at McGill. Tony proceeded to invite me to come to McGill and further, to my surprise he lined up appointments with the leading professors at McGill I could work with. To me, this was such an important part of my life and illustrated how Tony was always looking out to help others and for which I will be forever grateful. Thus began my friendship with Tony over my years as a PhD student in the Department of Psychology where he served as director. I was so fortunate to have him on my dissertation committee and I greatly enjoyed interacting with him throughout my studies in Montreal and his mentorship was one of the highlights of my time in Montreal. I greatly admired the way he was helpful, congenial, caring and was motivated to help others in their lives as students, academics and as personally. A few years after leaving McGill in 1999 I was so happy to find out that Tony was living in Victoria where I had moved as well (I found he had moved to Victoria a couple years before and we reconnected). To my surprise I also found out that he was now an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, where I also taught. From that time on Tony and Carol began a new friendship. Since then my wife and I looked forward to our dinners at his house where he always introduced us to his colleagues and friends from around the world. I feel so privileged that he was part of my life and that he had such a positive influence on me. I will always remember and miss him.
Andre Kushniruk, Victoria, Canada
June 20, 2021
While you might think that my fondest memories of Tony would be during my high school days when I lived 2 blocks away from my dear friend Anna, they were actually a few years later. Tony was taking a sabbatical year in California and wanted to get his car over there. Anna was working that summer in Yosemite National Park. Would I be interested in sharing the driving, Tony asked? To this day I fondly remember those days driving from Montreal to Yosemite in Tony’s un-air-conditioned, clamshell Honda Civic hatchback. I can’t remember all of our conversations, though I do remember having to yell to be heard over the rushing air and passing semi-trailers on the interstates.
I know Tony similarly impacted others through the years. He will be missed by all.
June 19, 2021
I will greatly miss my friend Tony. He was brilliant, thoughtful, and had a great sense of humor. It was always a joy to spend time with him, -talking science, life, and, of course, hearing about his lovely family. I would smile and feel a spark whenever Tony would pull out his notebook and tell me about some new idea he had, they were always insightful. Tony was an excellent role model - always kind and supportive to those around him.
June 19, 2021
I was a co-author of Tony several years ago and the notice has shocked me. I just can remember his generous effort to achieve that our common work were successful. I'm sure his whole life also was.
In our memory, from Spain.
June 19, 2021
Tony was the type of person you meet once and never forget. He imprinted on you. And when you got to know him well, you realized he was truly one of a kind. A brilliant man , with a very sophisticated sense of humour, an exquisite sensibility for details, and humbleness about his achievements. You could not help but notice his perfect shirts and bowties, his insightful and sharp questions, and his inquisitive mind, always pondering and almost mathematically reading between the words and the commas. And his sincere kindness, I will always remember when early in my years in Victoria, Tony and Carol invited me to celebrate Christmas with them at their beautiful (art gallery) home. And a friendship was nourished. He was always very interested in my research, my home country, and conversation was never a dull with him. More than anything, he loved sharing news about his whole family, narrating his adventures with Carol visiting Anna and their grandson Gabriel. There was always a spark of light, love and pride on his eyes when he mentioned their names. His mischievous and almost private laughter and smile always carry the British boy he never ceased to be. He will be missed.
Warm hugs to Carol, Anna and Gabriel, and all of those he loved.
June 18, 2021
Tony Marley. A kind, funny, brilliant person. Attentive, in the sense of gently watchful and engaged. You could see the wheels turning as he listened to a research presentation. Giving, generous. Restrained, but not distant. Nearly 20 years at UVic. He joked that it was like being a postdoc, but less well paid.
He gave a talk to our Cog Sem group fairly earl on, on voting. There was a popular movement in B.C. in favour of proportional voting, as an alternative to first-past-the-post voting. I was vaguely in favour of this proposal. By the end of Tony’s talk I had a new appreciation of just how vague my support had been. Not that Tony argued against proportional voting. Just that he revealed the complexities of the matter. He gave us pause for thought. What a gift.
I also remember a talk of Tony’s on the psychology of ranking multiple alternatives. How compellingly he revealed our human failings at absolute choice. It was like when you learn of the limits on the number of times a sheet of paper can be folded in half. Humbling.
I don’t know if Tony’s scientific work taught him humility, or if he came by it naturally. I suspect a bit of both. But he seemed to me a deeply humbly man. He knew he was smarter than most of us. Be he also knew it availed little when it came the hard problems.
He was also a rascal. Natty in a flash bowtie. Good fun at the pub after cabsem or at a party, drinking 7-up. There were tales he told of earlier days of hard partying with Carol.
For a number of years, I biked to work Monday through Thursday but drove my car on Friday, Too hard to pedal home up hill after a couple of beers. Often Carol had dropped Tony off at UVic for the Friday afternoon cabsem, so that she could have their car to go kayaking or run other errands. So, on many Friday evenings I dropped Tony off at the base of their driveway on Blenkinsop. He would say, “Give my love to Moira,” and I would say “Give mine to Carol.”
June 18, 2021
I had the privilege of meeting Tony 10 years ago in Sydney when I joined CenSoC as a young fledgling research assistant. It was at a dinner with Tony and several of the other research assistants. My first impression of Tony was that of a hip and cool bow tie wearing professor, my naivety meant that I had no idea I was in a presence of a well-respected and distinguished mathematical psychologist, but even then I had recognised that he was a brilliant deep-thinker, lovely kind gentleman that was well-loved by all.
Over the coming years, Tony took us young-ones under his wing and was always generous with his time, always there to listen and support us - to me, he is a friend and like family. My favourite memories of Tony are of the wonderful stories he would tell us at about his young days as an academic, gushing over his family (though he would say that he never gushes) and his beloved dogs. Sometimes if we were lucky, he would show us his party trick with the bow tie.
I am so grateful to have known such a brilliant, wonderfully kind person and will miss him dearly.
June 18, 2021
Tony was a great colleague and co-author, and I will miss him sorely. He helped me to keep growing as a researcher by generously sharing his encyclopaedic knowledge, by generously giving of his time, and by generously bestowing his skills, experience and thoughts on me and those around him.
I am honored to have known him, and regret only that I did not meet him earlier. Rest in peace, Tony!
June 17, 2021
Tony was a distinguished scholar who inspired all who were fortunate to have collaborated with him, including many of my friends and colleagues at the research centre in Sydney. For me, he was a dear friend, a kind and wise gentleman who always had time to listen, support and encourage. Over the 14 years since I first met him, he never raised his voice, spoke ill of anyone nor complained, regardless of the circumstances. His eclectic bowties, style and quirky humour were always a welcomed addition to our research centre and we always looked forward to his visits and the obligatory cultural events.
I will miss our chats and hearing about his much loved Carol and their home and dogs in Victoria, the many accomplishments of Anna, whom he was extremely proud of and of course, the brilliant young Gabriel and his passion for playing online chess.
As I sit here gazing at his last Christmas gift of an Inuit Art Calendar on my desk, I am grateful for the many wonderful memories and for having known such an exceptional and thoughtful human being.
June 17, 2021
Tony Marley was a friend and colleague for almost 20 years. We coauthored several papers that have had significant impacts on our fields. He was a wonderful colleague and member of my research centers in Sydney and visited every year. It is impossible to say enough good things about Tony as a person, colleague and academic. He stands out in every way imaginable and will be sorely and sadly missed by many, especially my wife and I.
His impact on my work and thinking continue to this day. Our co-authored book with Terry Flynn (2015) is widely cited, as are his works on formal proofs for Best-Worst Scaling methods. Now that may democracies are turning to rank order voting, I suspect his formal proofs of the superiority of Best-Worst voting will eventually become more widely known and recognized.
There is so much more one could say about Tony personally and professionally, all glowing. My wife Cathy and I wish his family all the best during this sad period.
June 17, 2021
To Tony's family -- wife, daughter, and grandson (Gabriel),
Over the past five years, Tony has had a profound influence on my thinking and research. He forced me to a higher level of intellectual fidelity than I would have achieved without his influence. Even before I met him, he had made decisions that indirectly influenced the direction of my research (including decisions he made decades before I met him).
I enjoyed the stories Tony told me about his academic career and life -- as a boy, not opening the door to a stranger knocking at the door; as a young man, a phone call and a day spent in NYC with someone special; as a grandparent, fun and adventure with young Gabriel (two times infinity is infinity!).
I especially enjoyed his stories of Californian summers of the 1970s. I wish I could have been there, and I wish he was still here.