A cat who has been known to comfort mourners at St. Sampson’s Parish Church cemetery in Guernsey has passed away.
The beautiful ginger cat is Barney, also known as the Cemetery Cat. He has provided comfort to mourners at the cemetery for over 20 years.
For more than 2 decades, Barney had comforted many families and helped them through their grieving. He was always there for them as these families laid their loved ones to rest.
Over the past 2 decades, Barney had comforted countless families and helped so many through their grieving. He was there for them as they laid their loved ones to rest.
“I started working at the cemetery in 1995 and Barney was born in 1996. His owners lived in the house right next door and they were there for three or four years but then they moved a mile away,” Alan Curzon said to BuzzFeed News.
“They took Barney with them as you do, but he kept disappearing and coming back to the cemetery and eventually we made a home for him there.”
Barney was such a wonderful cat. He loved everyone who visited the burial ground.
“He would wait with me at the gate when we did burials and he would make himself known to the newcomers and he gave a lot of comfort to people. He would rub against their legs as they placed flowers on the graves,” Curzon told the publication.
When news about Barney’s passing spread throughout the town, people paid tribute to this special creature.
“(It) was a pleasure to have looked after you for your last days,” wrote Anna C on Guernsey Press’ Facebook page. “You brought so much comfort to so many people over the years doing your patrol around the cemetery, till you all meet again at rainbow bridge.”
“Loved Barney always purring away when I go down to visit my brothers Resting place and when I’ve been down and can’t see Barney I would lay flowers by Paul’s headstone and this little head purring away would look around the edge of his headstone from seemingly nowhere, Barney was always in the right place at the right time 20 of the 25 years I’ve been going down,” Tim wrote.
“Remember that lovely sunny afternoon, I laid down on the grass in the cemetery and we cuddled up together for 2 hours, I needed a friend that day and there you were my angel,” A certain Debbie wrote.
“(I) used to always look for him when visiting my mum’s grave. It was a comfort. Rest in peace Barney,” Angela wrote on the Facebook page.
“You were a true pleasure to care for over the years – all our family loved you so very much and we will always be so grateful of the comfort you gave us at what can be a difficult place – you brought sunshine to us all and we will love you forever till we meet again,” Kelly O. wrote. “Enjoy rainbow bridge sweetheart. You were where you wanted to spend your days and you were loved by so many people.”
“He had heat pads and hot water bottles. He was a very spoilt and very loved cat and he is going to be really sadly missed,” said Curzon.
“I’ve seen him climb on a headstone and rub up against people during burials and help them through a very sad time.”
Barney was laid to rest on a special place in the cemetery and in the people’s heart.