Albert – William (Billy), 11th September 2016, (suddenly) but peacefully, late of Greyabbey Road, Ballywalter. Devoted husband of Teresa, loving and much loved dad of John, Sandra, Billy and Debbie, cherished father-in-law of Sue, loving grandfather and great-grandfather. A Service of Thanksgiving for Billy’s life will be held at 10.30 am on Thursday 15th September 2016 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by interment in Whitechurch Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Billy, if desired, may be made payable to the Intensive Care Unit, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. (Please make cheques payable to South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust). “Till we meet again.”

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."