Robert Emmet “Bob” Lunny
Robert Emmet “Bob” Lunny died peacefully of natural causes in the presence of God, one year ago, on Jan. 9, 2013. He was 82. He was wearing his rosary, and had family members with him during his last hours.
He was born on June 10, 1930, son of the late John Raymond Lunny and Rose Eva Burns. He was the brother of Joan (Peter Wade), Peter, the late Jack (Verna), and Michael. He was the father of Debbie, Robert Emmett Jr. (Bobby), and Stephen (children of Lorinda Smith). He was the grandfather to Connor, Dillon, and Taiyo.
From his early days at St. Leo’s School in Westmount, Bob was known for sports and mischief. He loved to tell colourful tales of his days playing hockey for the Inkerman Rockets in Ontario as a linemate of Brian McFarlane (Hockey Night in Canada), Leo Boivin, and Bill Dineen. Career highlights were playing with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay in Coral Gables. His photo is in the Hockey Hall of Fame (amateur) in Toronto. He also worked at the Fontaine Bleu in Miami Beach where he befriended Dorothy Dandridge and Joey Bishop, before heading home to Montreal to run a series of sporting goods companies, including Bob Lunny Sporting Goods, Canadian Athletic Supplies, and Contact One. Many Montrealers worked for him in their high school and university days. His team, the Panthers, won the Canadian Touch Football Championship (1976-79), and were World Finalists in 1978.
Bob was well known for his generosity, practical jokes, wild schemes, and parties. He was a well-loved figure, and will be missed by family and friends.
In his last years, he was quieter, but remained social, in contact with neighbours, family, and friends, such as Winnie Smith.