We are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Jay G. Blumler (†30 January), a globally renowned scholar of communication, and one of the most distinguished figures of our field. Having started his academic career over seven decades ago, his pioneer research, teaching and mentorship have benefited and inspired many generations of political communication students and scholars. Based at the University of Leeds for the most part of his career, Jay made significant contributions towards the development of both the international and European academic community, having served as President of the International Communication Association (1989-1990) and being among the founders of the European Journal of Communication in 1984. His retirement in 1989 did not hinder him from further pursuing his scholarly work and remaining an active participant in academic life in the UK and internationally. Many of us hold precious memories of encountering him at conferences, which he kept attending until his very last years, and which were enriched not just by his sharp and witty comments in the discussion, but also by his warmth, optimism and candid support for the younger scholars. He will be greatly missed.