Baird – Noel, 15th February 2022, peacefully, at home, his loving family by his side, late of New Court, Portavogie. Soulmate of his partner Sharon, deeply loved dad of Sarah-Louise, Adam and Emily, adored step-dad of Andrea, Amanda and Alan and devoted granda of Lucas, Logan, Hayley, Zack and Roxi. House private please. Funeral from his home at 11.00am on Saturday 19th February 2022, followed by committal in Kirkistown Cemetery at 12 noon. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Noel, 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. β€œAt 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."