If you grew up watching British TV anytime from the early 1970's onward, or if you were a fan of Scottish theatre in that period, then you knew Gerard Kelly.
He was an acclaimed TV comedy actor, and an exuberant panto performer, who left behind many fans when he collapsed and died suddenly last year as the result of a brain aneurysm.
In his other, off-screen persona, Gerard Kelly was a prolific and respected blogger (albeit pseudonymous, so I don't think I can link here), who spoke out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, against torture, for peace and - often and passionately - for Palestine.
He was a smart and factual writer, who wasn't interested in snark or internet wars. And he was modest and generous in dealing with fellow bloggers, including me.
I can't count how many times I have carelessly clicked through to his site over the past year, only to be saddened and disappointed once again at the fact that he is no longer there.
Today I am remembering Gerard Kelly, who died one year ago today, at the age of 51.