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.

If you would like to add a description of your memories of Jon to this blog please contact with the text you would like posted. We welcome any contribution, from short snippets to longer pieces. Please bear in mind this is a place to remember Jon and to help celebrate his life.

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5 December 2011

from Jane Raymond

I have two favourite memories of Jon. One is from 20 years ago when Jon was not yet 30.  Kim and I were in Cambridge on sabbatical and Jon came to stay in our house for several weeks when he first moved to Cambridge to take up his first lecturer post at the Department there. It was great fun having him around and during that time he got to know our kids who were only small. Our son was just two and Jon was enchanted by him. There was Jon, the handsome, dashing bachelor, in his leather jacket and ultimate cool, suddenly realising that having a family might be a really great thing. One day in the kitchen, he looked down at our little blue eye toddler and said, with look of complete surprise, "I think I want one of those". And so, his wish came true, twice, and we were so happy for him and Nilli. My second memory is more recent, July 2010 in France at A&P. Sitting outside in the sun, beer in hand, talking about families and the goodness of life (and of course a little science, too). He was a really, really good person and we are so sad for the whole family.