Adair – Gibson (Gibby), 7th June 2019, peacefully, late of Springfield Gardens, Portavogie, formerly of Ballyhalbert. Devoted son of the late Burch and Fannie Adair. A Service of Thanksgiving for Gibson’s life will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 9th June 2019 in Glastry Presbyterian Church, followed by committal in the adjoining churchyard. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all his family and friends.. “At Rest.”

Winter – Elizabeth (Lucille), 24th May 2019, peacefully at home, late of Ballywalter. Beloved wife of John, devoted mum of William, deeply loved sister of Isobel and Ernest, cherished granny of Beth, Adam, Josh and Emma and dearly loved friend to many. A Service of Thanksgiving for Lucille’s life will be held at 11.00am on Wednesday 29th May 2019 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. Family flowers only please.  Donations in memory of Lucille, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “In life and death, Christ is our hope.” 

Hopes – Edith Jane, 21st March 2019, peacefully, at home, her loving family by her side, late of Ballyferris, Ballywalter. Devoted wife of the late Will, dearly loved mum of Gina, Joanne and William, cherished grandmother and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Edith’s life will be held at 11.00am on Saturday 23rd March 2019 in St Saviour’s Parish Church, Greyabbey, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Callers welcome at the family home from 4.00pm onwards on Friday 22nd March 2019. Donations in memory of Edith, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. 

Blakely – Maurice, 16th March 2019, peacefully, at hospital, his loving family by his side, late of Portavogie. Beloved husband of Christine and dear father of Megan and Ursula. A Service of Thanksgiving for Maurice’s life will be held at 11.00am on Thursday 21st March 2019 in Adair Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. Family flowers only please by request. Donations in memory of Maurice, if desired, may be made payable to Cancer Research NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors (address as above). Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all his family and friends. 

Stuart – Helen, 10th March 2019, at home with her family, late of Ganaway Road, Ballywalter. Beloved and devoted wife of John, much loved mother of Karen and David, cherished nanny of Charlotte, Sam, Alex, Evie and Sophia and dear sister of John. A Service of Celebration for Helen’s life will be held at 11.30am on Thursday 14th March 2019 in St Saviour’s Parish Church, Greyabbey, followed by committal in Christ Church cemetery, Woburn Road, Carrowdore. Family flowers only please by request. Donations in memory of Helen, if desired, may be made payable to Cancer Research NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed by all the family and her close friends. 

Petrie-Armstrong – Irene, 7th March 2019, peacefully, at Ballymaconnell Private Nursing Home, Bangor, her loving family by her side, formerly of Stratheden Heights, Newtownards. Beloved wife of William (Billy), dearly loved mum of Treve, Toria, Alana and Adam, mother-in-law of Paul and cherished granny of Faith, Sophie and Jude. A Celebration for Irene’s life will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday 13th March 2019 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Irene, if desired, may be made directly to either Ballymaconnell Private Nursing Home or NI Chest, Heart & Stroke Association. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered. 

Drysdale – Ann Jane (Jean), née Keenan, 19th February 2019, peacefully at home, her loving daughter by her side, late of Cardy Road East, Greyabbey. Devoted wife of the late William Baillie Drysdale, dearly loved mum of Wilma and cherished mother-in-law of Ian. A Service of Thanksgiving for Jean’s life will be held at 11.00am on Saturday 23rd February 2019 in St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Ballyeasboro, followed by committal in the adjoining churchyard. House strictly private please by request. Flowers welcome or donations in memory of Jean, if desired, may be made payable to Cancer Research NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “We shared so much together, laughter, joy and tears, now all I have are the memories, of those happy years.”

Hamlyn – George, passed away 16th February 2019, his loving family by his side, after an illness bravely borne, late of Ballyhalbert. Devoted and adored dad of Gary, Lisa and the late Aaron. Funeral arrangements strictly private honouring George’s personal wishes. Donations in memory of George, if desired, may be made payable to Macmillan Cancer Support c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “A smile for all, a heart of gold, one of the best this world could hold, never selfish always kind, these are the memories you leave behind.”

Crawford – Ernest Andrew, 31st January 2019, peacefully at hospital, late of Hazeldene Park, Bangor. A Service of Thanksgiving for Ernest’s life will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday 5th February 2019 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Ernest, if desired, may be made payable to Cancer Research NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all his nephews and nieces.

Kerr – Eleanor (Ella), 29th January 2019, peacefully, late of Edgewater Lodge Care Home, Donaghadee, formerly of Inishargy Road, Kircubbin. Dear sister of the late John, sister-in-law of Elizabeth and cherished aunt of David. A Service of Thanksgiving for Ella’s life will be held at 11.00am on Friday 1st February 2019 in Trinity Free Presbyterian Church, Portavogie, followed by committal in Kircubbin Presbyterian Churchyard. “With Christ which is far better.”

1 2 3 10

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."