RTE star Gay Byrne recalled last night how if you had an opportunity to meet up with Gerry Ryan, you would drop everything and go.
That was the type of person he was. He drew people to him, thanks to his exuberance, wit and larger-than-life personality.
And he drew listeners to him also. His death has shocked so many people because even those of us who may never have met him still felt that we knew him.
That was his gift, to reach out and touch all of us and make us feel like one of the family.
We just can't quite believe that he is gone, and that we will never again hear his distinctive voice on the radio.
Many warm tributes have been paid to Gerry since the shocking news of his untimely death emerged.
And it is fitting that there were many laughs as well as tears in recalling Gerry's life over the decades.
Bold, funny, talented, intelligent and a natural entertainer were just some of the tributes paid to Gerry.
But those who knew him are adamant that the most important job in the world to him was being a dad.
He was deeply involved in the lives of his five children -- and their loss is immeasurable.
When somebody like Gerry Ryan dies, it hurts because he leaves a void that cannot be filled by anybody. He was one of a kind, an absolute legend, and we extend our sympathies to his loved ones today.
How we will all miss him.