Jon Driver died suddenly on 28th November 2011. Jon was a wonderful individual; a loving son, husband, father and brother; and an irreplaceable friend and colleague.

This is a place for everyone who knew Jon to share our memories of him and through this to help celebrate his life.

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1 December 2011

from Anna Berti

I first met Jon back in 1989 in Parma in Rizzolatti's lab and then in Oxford when I was there during my PhD. We worked together at the Dept of Experimental Psychology and that was a great fun and since then I have always admired his cleverness and kindness. When I left Oxford he gave me a copy of 'Pride and Prejudice' and I gave him  'What does this all mean', both presents the result of endless discussions about society, life, science. Thanks Jon for having shared with us your deep knowledge and your brilliant insight. I say that also on behalf of some young people from my lab in Turin who very recently had the occasion to discuss with him some fMRI data. They were astonished about how quick he was in answering the e-mails and how deep and generous in offering interpretations and solutions.

Amongst the memories, there is one, small but very sweet, I will never forget. Few years ago, after a seminar, where my 13 years old daughter was present, he thanked her, in front of the audience, for having being so patient to stay all the day long at ICN while we were working together. People clapped the hands to her and she was touched and happy and also . . . relieved when she realised that the day after, following Jon's advice, we would have gone to the London zoo.