Yesterday Bonnie Ryan shared a photo of her Dad, Gerry Ryan on what would have been his 64th birthday. The popular radio DJ passed away suddenly at the age of 53 in 2010.
Sharing a gorgeous family photo to social media yesterday she said “Today would be my Dad’s 64th birthday. He was more than I could have ever wanted.”
In April of this year Gerry’s family marked the tenth anniversary of his sudden passing. At the time his former partner Melanie has opened up about her grief. The diplomat and journalist, who is now based in South Africa, reveals that even a decade on, she still thinks about Gerry all the time.
“Ten years ago the love of my life died,” she told The Sun.
“For a precious few years, I shared a life with an exceptional man who created silent spaces for me and gave me soft landings when the world was brutal and tough. I loved him and he loved me. Then he died.”
She continued, “It has been 3,652 days since I found Gerry on the floor of our bedroom and on every one of those 3,652 days I have, for a moment, thought of him and ached with longing to see him again.
“Grief breaks something inside you. It takes enormous courage to eventually look at the broken pieces, gently collect them and put them together again.
“I have had to put myself and my life together again. Today, I’m indeed a very different person from the one I was ten years ago. I would like to think that I’m a better person.”