A cat who comforted mourners at the St. Sampson’s Parish Church cemetery on the island of Guernsey off the coast of England has died of old age.
Meet Barney the cat!
For 20 long years, this cat lived at the cemetery so he can provide love and affection for those who have lost their loved ones. He has gotten pretty popular amongst the locals and when he died, people mourned his death.
The whole town is grieving.
The person who maintains the cemetery grounds named Alan Curzon said that Barney’s death was like “losing a child.”
“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,” 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.”
Everyone loved Barney… The local press announced his passing and people paid tribute by sharing their own stories about how they were touched by the cat.
“He was a complete sweetheart, he loved everyone who came through the cemetery. 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.”
“There were many, many people in the town who loved Barney,” Curzon said.
“He wanted for nothing. 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.”
Curzon said that the cat had an uncanny gift of knowing when people needed comfort. He was really special.
“I’ve seen him climb on a headstone and rub up against people during burials and help them through a very sad time.”
Barney had been laid to rest in a special place set up by the people who were touched by the kind-hearted cat.
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