Retired sheriff Frank dies while on holiday

Frank Lunny
Frank Lunny

A retired sheriff from Bothwell died suddenly with his wife by his side while on holiday in France.

Frank Lunny was a popular and respected figure on the bench at Hamilton Sheriff Court for 14 years.

He was also chairman of Motherwell-based Phew (Positive Help Engaging Ways) which provides respite and short breaks for children and adults with severe learning difficulties.

Mr Lunny, who was 76, was originally from Motherwell. He graduated in law from Glasgow University in 1961 and worked as a solicitor before joining the procurator fiscal service as a prosecutor.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to the Caribbean island of Antigua in 1974 when Mr Lunny took up a position in the Attorney General’s office there.

On their return to Scotland he became an advocate which allowed him to represent clients in the High Court and the Court of Session.

He was appointed a sheriff at Hamilton in 1984 and remained in that busy court until his retiral in 1998. His dry sense of humour made him a popular figure among the legal fraternity.

Mr Lunny was a devout Roman Catholic and attained high rank in the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, an ancient organisation which helps churches and schools in the Middle East.

He was a member of Bothwell’s twinning committee which has a long-established link with the French town of Jouy-en-Josas and was involved in many successful exchange visits.

Mr Lunny was on holiday with his wife at their second home in France when he died suddenly.

He is survived by a daughter, two sons and four grandchildren. One of his sons, Mark, is a solicitor with his own practice in Motherwell.