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Cemetery Cat Named Barney, Who Comforted Mourners for Over 20 Years, Has Died

Cemetery Cat Named Barney, Who Comforted Mourners for Over 20 Years, Has Died

Barney the cat lived at St. Sampson's Parish Church cemetery on the island of Guernsey off the coast of England.

Alan Curzon, who is responsible for maintaining the cemetery grounds and digging graves, said that Barney always seemed to know when someone needed comfort.  

"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 told 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 a beloved local figure. Curzon said people who visited the cemetery had "taken Barney into their hearts."  

When Barney passed recently of old age, hundreds of people paid tribute to him on social media and told of the way he had touched their lives.  "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."

Barney has been laid to rest in a special place in the cemetery, so he never has to leave the second home he loved so much.  A plaque and bench have been placed in the cemetery in tribute to him.

Godspeed, sweet Barney.  No doubt there are many waiting to greet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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