Kerr – Margaret Elizabeth (née Herron), 10th June 2018, late of Riverside Road, Bangor. Beloved wife of Fred, devoted mum of Grace, Emma and the late Heather, cherished nanny of Fergus, Shane, Olivia-Rose, Finn and Owen. A Service of Thanksgiving for Margaret’s life will be held at 1.00 pm on Thursday 14th June 2018 in St. Columbanus Parish Church, Groomsport Road, Bangor, followed by committal in Roselawn Crematorium at 4.00 pm. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Margaret, if desired, may be made payable to The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity (RVH) 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.”

Mitchell – Michael (Mike), 3rd June 2018, suddenly at his home, late of The Stables, Mount Stewart. Beloved partner of Trish, loving dad of Michelle and Nick, deeply loved stepdad of Mark, Paul, Deb, Lee, Warren and Ryan, cherished granddad, brother and friend. A Funeral Service will take place at 11.00 am on Monday 11th June 2018 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. ‘We have not here a lasting city.’ Hebrews 13:14

Robinson – Thomas, 30th May 2018, peacefully, late of Main Road, Cloughey. Beloved husband of Violet, loving and deeply loved father of Billy and Janet, father-in-law of Ronnie, cherished grandfather and great grandfather. A Service of Thanksgiving for Thomas’s life will be held at 10.30 am on Saturday 2nd June 2018 in Ebenezer Gospel Hall, Main Road, Portavogie, followed by committal in Kirkistown Cemetery, Cloughey. House strictly private by request. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Thomas, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”

Carson – Hillie, 19th May 2018, peacefully at home, his loving family by his side, late of Bryansford Meadow, Bangor. Loving husband of Lillian, much loved father of Karen, Kathy and Kimberley, stepfather to Sharon and Ian, cherished grandfather and great grandfather. A Service of Thanksgiving for Hillie’s life will be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 in St Gall’s Parish Church, Carnalea, following a private family cremation. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Hillie, if desired, may be made payable to NI Hospice c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “Tired and weary you made no fuss, you tried so hard to stay with us, God closed your eyes and gave you rest, for only He alone knows what is best.”

Swain – B.E. (Ernie), passed away peacefully on Sunday 22nd April 2018. Dearly loved husband of Sheelagh and dear daddy of Deborah and Nicky.  A Celebration for his life will take place at 3.00 pm on Thursday 26th April 2018 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, may be made payable to The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Deeply regretted by the Calvert and Swain family circles.

Russell – Hugh, 21st April 2018, peacefully, late of Abbey Road, Millisle. Beloved husband of Sylvia, devoted father of Jonathan, father-in-law of Caroline, cherished grandfather of Sarah and Alan, dearly loved brother of Joan and the late Billy and Violet. A Service of Thanksgiving for Hugh’s life will be held at 11.30 am on Wednesday 25th April 2018 in Carrowdore & Ballyfrenis Presbyterian Church, following a private family committal. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Hugh, if desired, may be made payable to Copelands Dementia Nursing & Residential Care c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ.

Speers – Helen Rosemary, 13th March 2018, peacefully, at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, her loving family by her side, late of Ballywalter Road, Millisle. Deeply loved wife of James, adored mummy of Marie, Errol and Jonathan, cherished nanny of Savannah, Lucas, Grace, Elliott, Mason and Maverick. A Service of Thanksgiving for Helen’s life will be held at 11.00am on Friday 16th March 2018 in Millisle & Ballycopeland Presbyterian Church. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Helen, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. ”At home with the Lord.”

Bradley – Phyllis, 7th March 2018, peacefully, late of Church Road, Carrowdore. Dearly loved wife of Jim, devoted mother of Lyndsay, Jaime and David, cherished grandmother and great grandmother. A Service of Thanksgiving  for Phyllis’s life will be held at 9.30 am on Saturday 10th March 2018 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. “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.”

Palmer – Jean (née Blair), 1st March 2018, peacefully, her loving family by her side, late of Ballywalter. Beloved wife of the late Bob, deeply loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Funeral arrangements strictly private. “God saw her getting weary and cure was not to be, He put His arms around her and whispered come to me.”

Thompson – Margaret Elizabeth, 26th February 2018, peacefully, at her daughter’s home, St Mark’s Court, Newtownards, late of Shuttlefield Fold, Robert Street, Newtownards and formerly of Dunmurry. Beloved wife of the late Thomas (Tom), loving and deeply loved mother of Barbara and Terence, devoted grandmother and great grandmother. A Service of Thanksgiving for Margaret’s life will be held at 12 noon on Friday 2nd March 2018 in Strean Presbyterian Church, Newtownards, following a private family cremation. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Margaret, if desired, may be made payable to The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity (RVH) c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “God has you in His keeping; we have you in our hearts.”

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."