I know many of you reading this have no idea who Gerry Ryan was, but in Ireland he was a cultural icon. Gerry hosted a radio program (or programme) on 2fm, the national radio station. I’ve tried to come up with a similar personality here in the US, but I can’t think of one. Maybe a good comparison might be Arthur Godfrey who’s been gone a long time.
Gerry was one of those broadcasters who made you feel like he was talking just to you. Because of the time difference I enjoyed listening to him via podcast, especially when I was riding my bike. He kept me going many times when I really wanted to quit. In some small way, he may have helped me prolong my life. Colm and Jim, it’s all on you now.
Gerry Ryan was 53 years old and leaves a wife and five children.
I offer this brief, very inadequate eulogy as a reminder that 1) we’re all here for a limited number of years and only God knows when we’ll be called home and 2)we never know when we may be faced with a major change like losing a friend or family member. God has a plan for all of us and we never know what’s in store for us. Carpe diem! Sieze the day!
I hope you’ll join me in offering prayers for Gerry, his family, friends, and colleagues, and for his thousands of listeners.
Rest in peace, Gerry. You will be greatly missed.