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.”

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."