Bill Kirkpatrick, 10th December 1923 - 24th September 2016

September 29, 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:

Great advice for all of us.

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.


This man was a Pillar off are community in Moneyrea rip!

A great friend and neighbour for 43 years. So sorry to have missed his funeral as Lynda and I are on holiday. If you could sell his outlook on life the world would be a better place. God bless and keep you Mr Kirkpatrick and sympathy to all the family.

Thanks for the kind words !!

Dean your grandad was an inspiration to all. I often noted his friendly energetic nature as amazing, when I either bumped into him or even just seen him out walking around moneyreagh
Hope your keeping well Dean

Lovely words for one of life's true gentlemen, you will be missed Billy! Lots of love xxx

What a wee dote. Rest in peace xx

Many a time stood and had a yarn when he stood at his fence. Inspiration to old and young. A life well lived.

What a beautiful tribute to my grandfather. Thank you to everyone at Forestside for your kind words of support x

Thank you so much to everyone from forestside this is an extremely touching tribute and you've summed him up perfectly. As a family we are very grateful for all you did for Grampa over the years and especially in the last few weeks.

Thank you for all of your support, The Kirkpatrick Family.

Such a gentleman. Loved meeting him, he made you feel better for having had that quick chat. Sympathy to his family.

Bill was one of life's true gentlemen. It was a priviledge to know him.

A gentleman..

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of a true gentleman! I used to help Bill off the Ballygowan bus across the lights and to the bus stop to wait for the 6a to Forestside ! He always panicked we weren't walking quick enough and I'd be late for work, but I truly enjoyed every chat I had with him and I'll miss his words of wisdom!

Thank to all at Forestside he loved you all and enjoy his mornings with you having his daily coffee .He was a great Dad and he will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him rest in peace dear daddy .xx

A lovely tribute to one of lifes true Gentlemen. Always smiling and loved a chat. It was a privileged to have known him. Sympathy to the family circle.

Billy was a true gentleman. It was always a pleasure to stop and have a chat with him. Sending our sympathies to all his family.

I have such fond memories of Bill while I was growing up in Magaluf Park. Thoughts are with Carol and all the family

Very fond memories of Mr Kirkpatrick growing up in moneyrea. He was a gentleman. Sympathies to his family.

Rest in piece Bill Rip
From victor and family xxxxx

Billy was a great friend and a true gentleman. He was respected by everyone who came in to contact with him. He was on the road early many mornings whatever the weather and spoke to everyone. He will be sadly missed. Our sympathy to all his family.

This is a very fitting tribute to a lovely man. So sorry to hear of Billy's passing. He was a true gentleman. Sympathy to all his family. xxxx

Lovely tribute, sums him up well. Will be missed around the village especially the bus stop.

Remember Bill from when I worked in Lild a lovely man with a lovely smile always had time for a wee chat with him RIP Bill

One of life's true gentlemen R.I.P. Bill

I had the great honour and great pleasure to call Bill a friend. I will miss our morning chats as we walked the tiled line up to M&S Cafe in Forestside. Legend, gentleman, cheerful, energetic; these words cannot come close to describing Bill. But friend you will always be. Rest in peace.

Sorry to hear of your loss only heard today.our thoughts and prayers are with you.harry and Lynda.god bless.

A real gentleman.

A true gentle man in the true sense. A joy to have known him.

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