Hamilton – Robert James (Bobby), 25th November 2021, peacefully, his loving family by his side, late of Main Street, Ballywalter. Much loved husband of Beverley, adored dad of Georgia and Bradley, dearly loved son of Elizabeth and the late Bobbie and highly respected son in-law of George and June.  A Service of Thanksgiving for Bobby’s life will be held at 11.30am on Wednesday 1st December 2021 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by committal in Ballyvester Cemetery, Donaghadee, at 1.00pm. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Bobby, if desired, may be made payable to the ICU  Ulster Hospital, Dundonald c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew him.” A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.”

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."