His favourite dessert was a fiendishly sugary concoction of jelly, custard, ice-cream, and cream - topped off with a dollop of good old-fashioned rice pudding.
When his children were small, he told magical bedtime stories which always held an important moral.
He was "the best dad", a "brilliant granddad", and "the most caring, loyal and wonderful husband".
And he believed that God works in mysterious ways.
These were the precious off-screen moments in Bill O'Herlihy's life which did not make it into our living rooms - but are cherished by his beloved family, his wife Hillary, daughters Sally and Jill and his five "adorable" grandchildren.
Never a great one for technology, he miraculously got the hang of text messaging once he got hold of Ronan O'Gara's number and frequently dispatched analysis to him on his rugby performance, Sally told mourners.
Crowds filled the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at Dublin's Foxrock for the funeral of the iconic RTE broadcaster, PR guru and Chairman of the Irish Film Board.
Flags outside RTÉ flew at half-mast as Bill's "dysfunctional family"- Eamon Dunphy, John Giles and Liam Brady - sorrowfully carried their great compadre and referee from the church.
President Michael D Higgins and Aide de Camp to the Taoiseach, Kieran Carey, were in attendance.
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys, former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin, film producer Lelia Doolan; broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan with her mother Miriam were also present, along with a host of RTÉ sports presenters.
Mr O'Herlihy's good friend and chief celebrant Fr Tom O'Keeffe of Cabinteely parish said the two great pillars of Mr O'Herlihy's life were "faith and family", praising his "goodness, generosity, infectious joy and integrity".
Forced to leave RTÉ's current affairs department in the 1970s after an exposé on illegal moneylenders, Mr O'Herlihy felt the "hand of God" directing him towards the sports department where he "flourished".
There was laughter in the church as Fr O'Keeffe referred to RTÉ's soccer panel as Mr O' Herlihy's "dysfunctional family, the Three Amigos".
A prayer of the faithful was said by Dunphy, that talents would be used to make the world a better place.
Giles prayed that the memories of Bill O'Herlihy would be a source of comfort and strength.
And then, for the very last time, they left it there, so.