Bill Kirkpatrick, 10th December 1923 - 24th September 2016
Bill Kirkpatrick was one of our most regular and valued customers and was a true friend of Forestside. Many of you will know Bill from his smiling face and wonderful stories told from his seat at Marks & Spencer's Coffee Shop every morning. The Forestside team knew him well and universally respected his lust for life and his wonderful approach. He blogged for us as we all marvelled at his ability and philosophy of making the most out of every day. He was up bright and early every morning at 6.20am to get into town and out again on a bus to be at Forestside for 8am in time for the M&S Coffee Shop opening. He loved his coffee and his cheese scone along with a chat; he had such great experience to speak of, no one ever got tired of listening to his stories, and then he would make his way back to Moneyreagh on two buses to his many other activities.
Bill was laid to rest today and we will all miss him dreadfully but, as with his life, his funeral was an uplifting experience with his family making the service an extremely personal one. We all left the church feeling that we knew Bill a little better than before because his grandchildren spoke so fondly and intimitely about him. His Grandughter read a poem about The Dash between our dates of birth and death on our headstone and a person's life being represented by that dash. Bill's dash encompasses a life of respect, family, love and an appreciation of every single day; a war veteran, an engineer, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend. A wonderful man and a true gentleman from whom we can all learn so much. His 93 years will live on in the joy and memories he gave everyone he came into contact with.
A man who made his dash count for so much, his lesson to all of us is to make that dash mean the very most from our own lives. Rest in peace Bill, all of our lives are greatly enriched from having known you and we feel extremely lucky that you considered us as friends.
Words of Wisdom from Forestside's newest blogger.
We have a new addition to the Forestside blogging team. Bill Kirkpatrick is one of Forestside's most loyal customers and at 92 years old he has a thing or two to tell the rest of us about life.
He has the most wonderfully positive attitude to life and makes a point of pushing the most out of every day, he says this is what keeps him happy and well. He is up bright and early every morning, leaves home at 6.20am, gets a bus into the city centre and then up to Forestside in time for the M&S cafe opening at 8am. He loves to relax over a coffee and his favourite M&S cheese scone before getting on with the rest of his day.
We asked him what his philosophy is in life to keep him so young and active. His response was:
'ALWAYS HAVE A GOAL EVERY DAY NO MATTER HOW SMALL AND THEREFORE MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT!'
Bill has promised us more of his philosophy on life so watch this space, and welcome to the blogging team Bill. A new career at 92, not bad for a nonagenarian.