Andy Black, from the University of British Columbia, has informed us that his former student David Gaumont-Guay passed away on April 17 2016. He lost his long battle with leukemia. He fought it with incredible courage and determination. He leaves a very young family: his wonderful wife Cindy and sons, Leo and Sam. He made remarkable contributions as a teacher and a scientist. Many of you will remember him for his outstanding soil respiration work with autochambers at BERMS as part of Fluxnet Canada and CCRN. In the last few year he developed a strong research program in the establishment of green roofs at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo. For David, his family came first. He was an amazing guy with a great sense of humour, he loved the outdoors, particularly kayaking, and was a terrific colleague and very close friend to so many of us.