August of 2022 brought the passing of George Comninel, a dear colleague and friend. As I did not make the celebration of his life held last month in Toronto, I wrote the following tribute, which was shared in written form at the event. George served as the acting supervisor of my dissertation project from its earliest inceptions in 1993-1994 down to its completion in 2008. During those years, the wealth of knowledge which George shared with me is difficult to describe. I will have more to say in this blog. For now, all I will say is that if you never met George, you missed out. He was a force of nature.