The death of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday is being mourned across the world and also at Shannon Airport where he was a regular visitor.
The troubled but much loved 63-year-old was only one of the many celebrities who have passed through the transit lounge and duty free shops at Shannon but he was one of the more regular visitor.
Williams, star of favourites such as Mrs Doubtifre, Good Morning Vietnam and Patch Adams, transited Shannon Airport regularly over the past three decades but particularly during the past ten years.
While social media sites including Facebook and Twitter reeled off tributes to the mad-cap comic, Shannon Airport Security and Passenger Screening Officer Sally Ann Tierney, form St. Laurence’s Park, Limerick also remembered Williams fondly.
Sally Ann met the actor in December 2012 during one of his many stopovers at Shannon.
Sally Ann said: “He was the loveliest man, no airs or graces whatsoever about him. I met him only the once but I know that he passed through Shannon on numerous occasions and he was always the same way by all accounts.”
“I met him in December 2011 and he seemed to have no problem chatting to people so I approached him and asked if I could have a photo with him and told him I didn’t want to be bothering him but he said it was no bother at all and stood in for the photo,” Sally Ann added.
“He stood in for photos and signed autographs with anyone who approached him that night, although the airport wasn’t busy as it was very late. He was there for about an hour and he mixed with people no problem. He was a perfect gentleman and that’s what I remember of him,” she said.
Described as “one of a kind” by US President Barack Obama, Williams shot to prominence in the TV show Mork and Mindy.
After making it onto the big screen, he picked up three Oscar nominations for Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet’s Society and The Fisher King but and won the Best Supporting Actor award for Good Will Hunting in 1998.