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“My prayers go out to the Lun's. family.Speaking for my deceased brother Irwin and myself.Irwin was the Luns back-up in goal for three years.We both...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Dave Brassard - Marquette, MI

“Dear Lunney Family and Friends, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Gods Promises of Everlasting Life, and That He...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Sam Peter - chicago, IL

“I met Brian when he was living in Apollo Beach. I was a total stranger to him, a friend of a friend. He opened his home to me and was incredibly...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Bruce Jervis - Amelia Island, FL

“Love ya Big Guy,Many happy memories of bringing the Florida boys to Tampa and catching a few hockey games with you. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Tom Shroeger - Gainesville, FL

“We were saddened to hear of Brian's passing. We have spent the last few days remembering all the fun we had together over the years. Wish we could...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: JoAnn and Steve - Oshkosh, WI

“Having played hockey with Cliff as kids, and knowing the Lunney family for so many years, I was saddened to hear of the loss. Sometimes you learn...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Seabrook Satterlund - Royal Oak, MI

“Although it's been many years since I played a number of rounds of golf with Brian and his many friends at Marquette Golf Club, the good times and...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Mick Soli - Foster City, CA

“Those of us who had the pleasure to work with Brian at Elsberry Greenhouse remember him for his great wit and his creativity. He was a kind soul. ...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Sharon Shepard - Winter Haven, FL

“Wow, where to begin. I played Iron Ranger hockey with the Lun for many years, I was one of his defenceman. Lun once said my back gets sore from...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Dale Beerman - Kalispell, MT

“Brian Lunney was, arguably, the top hockey player in the history of Marquette. He anchored the Iron Rangers for many seasons and was the primary...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jerry Brumm - Alpharetta, GA

“It was great working with Brian at Elsberry Greenhouse. The poems that he wrote for his co workers birthdays were wonderful. He had a great gift of...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Pamela Freeman - Brandon, FL

“So many fond memories, of fun & happy times with Brian & watching him play hockey. Sad to think those years passed so quickly. I also remember...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Rob & Jennifer Reinert - MI

“Shared many great times with Brian and his family. I shared this passing with some of his friends in Florida....they felt he was a great guy and...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Joan M. Cook - Milwaukee, WI


George "Brian" Lunney, 67, of Green Bay, died at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 of natural causes. Brian was born on October 27, 1942 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to the late George and Edith (Moore) Lunney. During his life, he was a goalie for a number of professional hockey teams, including the Canadian Nationals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Knoxville Knights, and Marquette Iron Rangers. While playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he played with legendary goalie, Johnny Bower. In 1966, Brian moved to Marquette, MI, where he joined the Marquette Iron Rangers. During his years with the Iron Rangers, he was a well-known and respected goalie throughout the United States Hockey League who won the Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) on several occasions. Brian was an all-around athlete who also excelled in baseball, golf, and football. While playing hockey, he also played football for Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League, under the famous coach, Bud Grant. In 1986, Brian moved to Apollo Beach, Florida, where he had a successful career in sales for Elsberry Greenhouse. In 2004, he retired to Green Bay to be closer to his family and grandchildren, and to enjoy the perk of never having to miss a Packer game. Brian is survived by four children: Jeff (Sandra) Lunney, Bobbie Jo (Richards) (Jon) Bleser, Cliff (Leslie) Lunney, and Brett Lunney; and ten grandchildren. Friends may join in a celebration of Brian's life at Canale-Tonella Funeral Home on Monday, July 19th from 4 to 7 p.m.

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