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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.”

Maginnis – Cecil, 7th February 2018, suddenly at home, late of Stewart Crescent, Ballywalter. Deeply loved husband of Christina, devoted father of Angela, adored grandfather of Chantelle and partner Kevin, great grandfather of C.J (Cecil Junior), Carson, Wee Kevin, Mya, Katie and Jacob, cherished brother-in-law of Eileen. A Service of Thanksgiving for Cecil’s life will be held at 11.00am on Monday 12th February 2018 in Adair Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery. No flowers please by request. “Safe in God’s keeping.”

McCombe – George, 2nd February 2018, peacefully at home, late of Strand Park, Ballywalter. Devoted husband of  the late Elizabeth (Lily), dearly loved father of Harriett, Billy, Roy, Lynda and George, cherished father-in-law, devoted grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather . A Celebration for George’s life will be held at 9.00 am on Wednesday 7th February 2018 in Roselawn Crematorium. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of George, if desired, may be made payable to The Royal British Legion c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ.

Greeves – Yvonne (née Meenagh), 1st February 2018, peacefully, her loving family by her side,  late of Portavogie, formerly of Donaghadee. Deeply loved partner of Rodger, devoted mum of Phillip, Carol and Gareth, cherished mother-in-law of Jade, loving granny and great-granny. A Service of Thanksgiving for Yvonne’s Life will be held at 10.30 am on Tuesday 6th February 2018 in Adair Funeral Home, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ, followed by committal in St James’ Parish Churchyard, Moy, Dungannon. Flowers welcome or donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, may be made payable to Alzheimer’s Society c/o Adair Funeral Directors (address as above). “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.”

Thompson – Margaret (née Bailie), 20th January 2018, peacefully at hospital, her loving family by her side, late of Park Avenue, Ballywalter. Deeply loved wife of Norman, devoted mum of Adrian and Romayne, loving mother-in-law of Gillian and dear sister of Marie and brother-in-law Ernest. A Service of Thanksgiving for Margaret’s life will be held at 11.00 am on Wednesday 24th January 2018 in Glastry Methodist Church, followed by committal in Ballyhalbert Family Burial Ground. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Margaret, if desired, may be made payable to Glastry Methodist Church c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

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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."