Heaybourne – Richard Noel, passed away and called home, peacefully, in hospital, on the 18th February 2022, late of Ballycastle Road, Newtownards. Dearly loved husband of Jeananna, much loved father of Richard-John, Elizabeth-Ann and Jenny and adored papa of Nathan, Travis, Becca and great-grandson Dalton. Family home strictly private and by invitation only. A Service of Thanksgiving for Richard Noel’s life will be held at 11.00am on Tuesday 1st March 2022 in Adair Funeral Home, followed by committal in Whitechurch Cemetery, Ballywalter at 12 noon. Covid-19 Guidelines will apply. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Richard 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.

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."