Gracey – Cyril Ian, 6th January 2019, peacefully, at hospital, his daughters by his side, late of Donaghadee. Loving husband of Anne and dear father of Joanne, Nicola and Peter. Funeral Service will take place at 11.30am on Saturday 12th January 2019 in Roselawn Crematorium. Family flowers only please.  Donations in memory of Cyril, if desired, may be made payable to Motor Neurone Disease Association Northern Ireland c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ.  Lovingly remembered and sorely missed by all the family.

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."