Petrie-Armstrong – William (Billy), 12th October 2020, peacefully at home, late of Stratheden Heights, Newtownards. Beloved husband of the late Irene, dearly loved dad of  Paul, Susan, Treve, Toria, Alana and Adam, father-in-law of Ann, Brian and Paul,  and devoted granda of Owen, Faith, Sophie and Jude. Sadly, due to current Government Regulations, a private Service of Celebration for Billy’s life will be held for family and close friends only. No flowers please by request. Donations in memory of Billy, if desired, may be made payable to NI Chest, Heart & Stroke Association c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ.  Will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered. “At Rest.”

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."