Elmes – Walter (Ken), 21st October 2019, peacefully at home, his loving family by his side, late of Ballywalter. Deeply loved husband of Yvonne, dearly loved father of Kenneth, Stephen and Michael, cherished father-in-law, grandfather and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Ken’s life will be held at 11.00am on Friday 25th October 2019 in Ballywalter Presbyterian Church, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Ken, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “In life he lived for those he loved and those he loved remember.”

Bickerstaff – Hilda Evelyn, 11th October 2019, peacefully, at Holywood Care Home, formerly of Ashley Drive, Bangor. Devoted wife of the late Stanley and deeply loved mum of Anne, Margaret and John. A Service of Thanksgiving for Hilda’s life will be held at 10.30am on Thursday 17th October 2019 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Hilda, if desired, may be made payable to Holywood Care Home Residents Fund c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “We shared so much together, laughter, joy and tears, now all we have are the memories, of those happy years.”

McConnell – Catherine (Wee Kate), 30th September 2019, peacefully at home, her loving daughter by her side, late of Harbour Road, Ballyhalbert. Deeply loved mummy of Leanne. A Service of Thanksgiving for Wee Kate’s life will be held at 11.00 am on Thursday 3rd October 2019 in Adair Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ, followed by interment in Ballyhalbert Cemetery at 12 noon. No flowers please by request. Everyone is welcome to join the family in the Orange Hall, High Street, Ballyhalbert following the interment. “We shared so much together, laughter, joy and tears, now all I have are the memories, of those happy years. Night-night mummy, sleep tight.”

Palmer – Andrena (née Bell), 20th September 2019, peacefully at her home, Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, her loving family by her side. Deeply loved mother of Elizabeth, Deborah, Shawn and the late Ken, dearly loved sister of Jean, Betty and the late John, cherished mother-in-law, grandmother, great- grandmother, aunt and friend. Honouring Renée’s personal wish to be laid to rest in her beloved village of Ballyhalbert, a Service of Thanksgiving for her life will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 6th October 2019 in Glastry Presbyterian Church, followed by committal in the adjoining Churchyard. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Renée, if desired, may be made payable to NI Chest, Heart & Stroke c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by the entire family circle. “At Rest.”

Hughes – Robert Taylor (Bobby), 11th September 2019, peacefully at hospital, late of Springfield Gardens, Portavogie. Devoted husband of the late Hetty, dearly loved father of Kenneth, cherished father-in-law of Anella and deeply loved grandfather of Zara and her husband Harry, Rachel and her husband Daniel and Luke. A Service of Thanksgiving for Bobby’s life will be held at 11.00 am on Saturday 14th September 2019 in Adair Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ, followed by committal in Glastry Presbyterian Churchyard. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Bobby, if desired, may be made payable to Help for Heroes c/o Adair Funeral Directors (address as above). Friends welcome to call at his son Kenneth and daughter-in-law Anella’s home, 141 Rubane Road, Kirkistown, Kircubbin BT22 1AX. Will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his entire family and his beloved dog “Flo.”

Keenan – Elizabeth Ann (Lilly), 7th September 2019, peacefully, at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, her loving family by her side, late of Springwell Road, Groomsport. Devoted wife of the late James (Jim), dearly loved mum of William (Billy) and cherished granny of Jamie. A Service of Thanksgiving for Elizabeth Ann’s life will be held at 11.00am on Wednesday 11th September 2019 in Millisle & Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church, followed by committal at Christ Church, Carrowdore. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Elizabeth Ann, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. ”At Rest.”

Angus – Joan (née Johnston), 9th August 2019, peacefully, her loving family by her side, late of Ballygarvin, Kircubbin. Devoted wife of the late Joe, loving sister of Lena, Sadie and Fred, dearly loved mum of Edward, Christine, Ian, Kenneth and Noel, cherished mother-in-law, granny and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Joan’s life will be held on Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 2.00pm in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Greyabbey. Friends welcome to call at her son Kenneth’s home, 22 Inishargy Road, Kircubbin BT22 2RG. Family flowers only please.  Donations in memory of Joan, if desired, may be made payable to the charity of your choice, either, Parkinson’s NI or Dementia NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “Two tired hands are resting, the voice we loved is still, the one who did so much for us, is resting at God’s will.” 

McMillan – Margaret, 22nd July 2019, peacefully at hospital, her loving family by her side. Beloved wife of the late Samuel (Wingrove Gardens, Belfast) and dear mother of Jim, Brian, Clare and the late Robert.  A Service of Celebration for the  life of Margaret will be held at 10.30am on Thursday 25th July 2019 in St Donard’s Parish Church, Bloomfield Road, Belfast, followed by committal in Magheradroll Parish Churchyard, Church Street, Ballynahinch (arrival approximately 1.15pm). Family flowers only please by request.  Donations in memory of Margaret, if desired, may be made payable to NI Chest, Heart & Stroke c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed by her loving sons, daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the entire family circle.  

Brown – John, 21st July 2019, peacefully, his loving family by his side, late of Silverbirch Road, Bangor. Devoted husband of the late Ann, big brother to Gerald and Julia (“his little sister”), dearly loved dad of Michael, adored father-in-law of Karen and cherished granda of Chloe and Daniel. A Service of Thanksgiving for John’s life will be held at 10.30am on Friday 26th July 2019 in Bangor Parish Church, followed by committal in Roselawn Crematorium at 1.00pm.No flowers or black ties please by request.  Donations in memory of John, if desired, may be made payable to Cancer Research NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “Two tired hands are resting, the voice we loved is still, the one who did so much for us, is resting at God’s will.” 

Jones – Peter Charles, 18th July 2019, at Croagh Patrick Care Home, Donaghadee, formerly of Abbey Road, Millisle. Peter’s Cremation Service will take place at 9.30am on Thursday 25th July 2019 in Roselawn Crematorium “At Rest.” 

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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."