Dalzell– William James (Billy), 19th June 2021, at home, aged 79 years, his loving family by his side, late of Stump Road, Ballywalter, formally of Lisburn. Beloved husband of Honor, deeply loved daddy of Mark, Annmarie, Finlay, Alan and Sarah Jane, adored grandad of Lauren, Jordan, Harry, Jacob, Molly, Max and Elice, cherished brother of Marie and Joan and loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Billy, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “God has you in His keeping; we have you in our hearts.”

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."