It is with great regret and much sadness that we have to announce the passing of our Club Treasurer, Lion Adrian Lunn.
Adrian had suffered for many years with multiple sclerosis. He bore this dreadful affliction with no complaint and great dignity and yet tried to help others no matter what in a voluntary capacity, both with The Lions and as Chairman of the Cranleigh Village Community Fund.
His professional life was also dedicated to helping people, working, as he did, for the Citizens Advice Bureau. In this capacity Adrian was a great help to all the Welfare work undertaken by our club.
Lion Adrian had attended the Lions’ Spring Forum before taking up his role as Club Treasurer and had enthusiastically produced his own computerised spreadsheets, and was looking forward to informal discussions with other Club Treasurers at our upcoming Zone Meeting. Adrian had greatly enjoyed the Lions’ day with The United Nations at the Palace of Westminster last year, where this photo was taken.
Cranleigh Lions said :
“It was Adrian I approached some years ago, at the carnival, to enquire about joining the Lions. He was very friendly, informative and clearly totally committed to helping others. I shared a few sessions with Adrian outside the Co-op and always thoroughly enjoyed my time with him.”
“I can only add my own feelings and shock and sadness at this news, it is truly unexpected as my conversation with Adrian a couple of weeks ago found him in excellent spirits.
He was recounting some of his exploits in the music business, he was a sound engineer and guitar technician for Hawkwind for several years, and clearly was something of a pioneer in the newly emerging area of computer integration with sound systems and was considered an expert in MIDI technology at the time.
He was also telling me of his early career in accountancy which, although he was obviously very proficient at, he nonetheless expressed a relief at getting the opportunity to move into music. He has put his all into everything he has undertaken and his achievements stand as a testament to his attitude to life. He will be sorely missed by many.”
Emma Treeby, Cranleigh Project Co-ordinator said:
"I met him only very briefly - when I collected from his house the cheque for the lantern workshops - but I remember noticing then the crutches and just thinking that here was someone who obviously had his own challenges yet still helped others. Obviously an amazing man and a true inspiration to us all.
My thoughts are with all of his friends amongst the Lions"
This demonstrates that despite needing the help of crutches to walk Lion Adrian took a full active part in all that Lions do, even taking his turn collecting tins of food before Christmas outside a supermarket.
Aged only 47, he died suddenly at home with his wife Lou in the early hours of Saturday 16th January 2010. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lou and their daughter Cairo. He will be greatly missed by all the Cranleigh Lions and the many others that knew him.
Adrian Lunn promoting the Message in a Bottle scheme