Gerry Anderson was irreverent, funny and a highly skilled broadcaster. Although his lengthy career took in BBC NI television and an unhappy stint on the notoriously straight-laced Radio 4, it was his programmes on Radio Foyle in his beloved Stroke City which are most fondly remembered. His quick wit as well as his ability to connect with a wide spectrum of listeners made him unmissable.
But beneath his cheeky demeanour lay a character of real courage, as manifested during his long final illness. It was an illness borne with great stoicism in the privacy of his family home, far removed from the public eye where he has spent his professional life. That was what made his sad and sudden announcement of his death all the more shocking to his legion of fans.