I was in the audience to Today With Des and Mel once in London (think it was either at Pinewood or London Studios, can't remember which) and during a break Des came into the audience and had a wander round the rows. At one point I had Des's crotch right in my face as he had a joke with an older lady behind me. Without flinching he said to me before going back to the set, "Bet you loved the whiff of creosote from down there!" and then he carried on as normal as the start of part jingle played the audience erupted into laughter.
He was a kind and gentle man and enjoyed what he did. He will be sadly missed. Can imagine him up above now playing the Yes/No game with Him Upstairs to get him through the Pearly Gates!