Leeds United fan aged 94 died of coronavirus after 'long and happy' life

The daughter of a 94-year-old great grandfather from Leeds who died after being diagnosed with coronavirus said he enjoyed a "long and happy life" and lived independently until the end.

By Mark Lavery
Friday, 17th April 2020, 11:45 am

Lifelong Leeds United fan Peter Lunn, a former pit electrician from Rothwell, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 2 and died at St James's Hospital on April 6.

Great-grandfather Mr Lunn, who worked at pits in Ardsley and Rothwell, had underlying heart problems.

His son Andrew, 57, of Lofthouse, Wakefield, said he was allowed a short visit to see his father in hospital two days before his death.

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Four generations: Peter Lunn is pictured (far left) in 2017 with (from left to right) great grandson Joshua, son Andrew and grandson Mark.

Andrew dressed in protective equipment including gloves, mask, gown and apron before spending ten minutes at his father's bedside.

Mr Lunn's daughter Susan Adams, 69, of Masham near Ripon, will be unable to attend her father's funeral as her husband John, 69, is on the high risk register and she is isolating with him for 12 weeks.

Mr Lunn played football for Northfield Avenue football team - which later became Carlton Athletic Football Club - until he was in his forties.

He was a regular spectator at Carlton Athletic Football Club and Carlton Cricket Club near Rothwell.

Peter Lunn pictured as a young man while serving in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during World War Two.

Mrs Adams, said: "He had a long and happy life. He was content. He was very independent and people used to say he looked younger. They couldn't believe he was in his nineties.

"He lived quietly. He loved watching Carlton football and cricket. He loved his garden. His garden was his life in later years, I think it kept him going."

Mrs Adams said her father, whose wife Marcia died aged 82 in 2010, was a lifelong Leeds United fan.

Mr Lunn was in the Home Guard at the start of World War Two. Later in the war, he served as an electrician in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm and maintained allied aircraft while stationed at Royal Naval Air Station Crail in Scotland.

He also leaves five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mr Lunn's son Andrew, said: "He was a good man - he will be sadly missed."

A post on Carlton Cricket Club's Facebook page reads: "Our flag is flying at half mast as a mark of respect for a lovely gentleman, Peter Lunn, who has sadly died.

"Peter was a loyal supporter of both Carlton cricket and football teams. He will be remembered fondly and sadly missed."