Palmer – Samuel, 1st April 2017, peacefully, at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, after a short illness, late of Shore Road, Ballyhalbert. Beloved husband of Margaret, dear father of Derek, John and David, cherished father-in-law of Claire, Liz and Paula, devoted grandfather of Craig, Robyn, Natasha and Aimee. Funeral Service strictly private. Friends welcome to the interment in Ballyhalbert Family Graveyard at 2.30pm on Tuesday 4th April 2017 and afterwards to Harrison’s of Greyabbey for refreshments at 3.30pm. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Samuel, if desired, may be made payable to the MS Society c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ. “Be still and know that I am God.”

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."