On 31 July 2021, Roy Forbes, long-time translator of the trade journal tunnel, died – after a long illness, but nevertheless surprisingly. He never ceased to be enthusiastic about the many different subject areas of tunnelling, and even at the age of 78, forced to take a break from work due to illness, he was looking forward to “translating for tunnel again soon”. The tunnel staff mourns the loss of a colleague from the very beginning. A decades-long excellent cooperation connects us with Roy Forbes. Excellent because it was not only professionally successful but also fun for all of us. We miss him very much.