Barney, the cemetery cat, always greeted mourners who visited St. Sampson’s Parish Church Cemetery in Guernsey. For more than 20 years he gave comfort to people during their hour of need.
In February of this year, Barney passed away from old age. Barney was a very handsome ginger cat who helped them as they grieved.
Alan Curzon began working at the cemetery as a groundskeeper in 1995. According to Curzon, Barney was born in the house right next door to the cemetery in 1996. Barney and his family moved about a mile away a few years later.
Barney would visit the cemetery every day and eventually, decided to stay there.
Mourners who visited St. Sampson’s Parish Church Cemetery in Guernsey were always greeted by Barney, the Cemetery Cat. He always provided comfort to them.
Everyone that met Barney, loved him. Curzon said that Barney would sit beside him during the burials. Then, he would go and rub up against mourners legs as they placed flowers on the graves.
When people found out about Barney’s death, many of them left messages on The Guernsey Press Facebook page. One woman shared her story of how she spent two hours with Barney during a visit to the cemetery. They just snuggled with one another and enjoyed each other’s company.
Curzon said that Barney was one spoiled kitty, with his heating pads and hot water bottles when it was cold outside.
Every year, people would even leave Christmas presents for Barney. Curzon said that Barney will certainly be missed a lot by many people!
Barney was even laid to rest in a very special place in the cemetery and as a tribute to this sweet cat, a bench and a plaque have been placed there.
The message on the bench says Barney was “everyone’s purrr-fect friend.” RIP Barney.
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