Osborne – Fred, 2nd February 2020, peacefully, at Carnalea Care Home, his loving family by his side, late of Innisfayle Crescent, Bangor. Beloved husband of the late Anna Theresa, devoted dad of Fred, Louise, Danny and the late Michael, dearly loved father-in-law of Barbara and George, cherished granda and great-granda. A Service of Thanksgiving for Fred’s life will be held at 2.00pm on Wednesday 5th February 2020 in St Gall’s Parish Church, Carnalea, followed by committal in Clandeboye Cemetery. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Fred, if desired, may be made payable to Alzheimer’s Society c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “God saw him getting weary and cure was not to be, He put His arms around him and whispered come to me.”

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."