You were my dear friend for decades. I wish that you had gone on living forever. You will be sorely missed, but yours was a life well lived.
As the "Father of Pinyin", you have had an enormous impact on education and culture in China. After you passed the century mark, you spoke out courageously in favor of democracy and reform.
Now, one day after your 111th birthday, you have departed, but you will always be in our hearts, brimming with light, as your name suggests.
"Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111" (Margalit Fox, NYT, 1/14/17)
"Zhou Youguang, father of Chinese Romanization, dies at 111" (Associated Press, WP, 1/14/17)
"Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111" (Colin Dwyer, NPR, 1/14/17)
"Zhou Youguang, Father of Pinyin" (1/14/14)
"Zhou Youguang, 109 and going strong" (1/13/15)