Gerry Ryan's widow Morah and children remember broadcaster on fourth anniversary
TRIBUTES have been paid to the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan at a memorial Mass in Clontarf.
Friends and family marked the four-year anniversary of his passing with an emotional Mass in the northside suburb.
His widow Morah Ryan was joined by their five children, Lottie (26), Rex (23), Bonnie (20), Elliott (16) and Babette (13), at St John's the Baptist church as Gerry's memory was honoured.
He passed away suddenly at the age of 53 after suffering a heart attack at his apartment in Upper Leeson Street on April 30, 2010.
But a close source said that while it was a sad occasion for his tight-knit family, it was also a celebration of his life.
“Gerry loved life and they don't want to always think of him with sadness on his anniversary,” said a close pal.
“The Mass is also a celebration of his life and the things that he achieved before his passing.
“He wouldn't want them to be wracked with sadness every single year – he would want them to remember the good times as well. He left them with lots of happy memories.”
His children were casually dressed in bright colours, as was Morah herself, as they mingled with Mass-goers at the Clontarf Road church.
She invited a few close friends and family members back to their nearby house afterwards in what has become an annual tradition.
Meanwhile, the late radio and TV personality was remembered by scores of his former colleagues and friends yesterday.
Among them was Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley.
He told the Herald: “Today I'm especially thinking of Gerry (Ryan) and his family because he was such a strong supporter over the years. He is still sorely missed.”
Gerry's good pal and protégé Ryan Tubridy also marked his anniversary on his 2fm radio show with some fond comments.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Ryan is proving she's a chip off the old block when it comes to having a way with words.
The middle Ryan child went public with her first solo performance last year and now she has turned her attentions to song-writing.