Winter – John, 2nd May 2022, peacefully, at home, late of Dunleath Drive, Ballywalter. Beloved husband of the late Lucille, father of Sean, step-father to William, dear brother of Margaret, highly respected brother-in-law of Billy, adored uncle of Sarah and Lindsay, loving grandfather of Janet, Beth, Adam, Josh and Emma. A Service of Thanksgiving for John’s life will be held at 10.30am on Saturday 7th May 2022 in Holy Trinity Parish Church, Ballywalter, followed by committal in Clandeboye Cemetery at 12 noon. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of John, if desired, may be made payable to Marie Curie c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all his family and friends. “At Peace.”

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."