We are full of sorrow for the loss of Patience Cowie. Patience was a good friend for some of us, a great colleague for many and, we are sure, an inspiring person for all who crossed her path. We will miss her greatly. Thanks to her open-minded approach to science she was able to bring innovation in all the research she did and will undoubtedly be remembered as a great researcher by the earth science community at large. She focused in the most recent years on active tectonics, with the main aim of integrating field observation, theory and numerical modelling. For many years she focused her studies in the Central Apennines in Italy, setting the building stones of what is today one of the FAULT2SHA natural laboratories. Patience was indeed among the promoters of the FAULT2SHA working group. Thank to Patience’s efforts and passion she really helped in promoting the first Fault2SHA meeting in Paris back in 2014. She was convinced that an interaction between geologists and modellers was the best way to go to improve our understanding of earthquake phenomena and mitigate seismic risk. Of course, she was right. We are grateful for her enthusiasm, we will continue thanks to her seminal ideas on fault interaction, episodic fault activity, fault propagation and fault linkage. She was a mentor for most of us and we will miss her profound insight and intuition.