‘Remarkable’ former Rugby mayor Lionel dies

Lionel Franklyn
Lionel Franklyn

Mourners will gather tomorrow to commemorate the passing of a much-loved former mayor and Freeman of the Borough.

Lionel Franklyn died after a long illness on Friday January 31, aged 83,

Cllr Jim Shera said: “He was a remarkable man who will never be forgotten.

“He was polite and well balanced,” he added.

Cllr Leigh Hunt, who represents Avon and Swift Ward as a Conservative councillor, said: “Lionel was a lovely man, – he really was one of life’s true gentlemen.

“He was a very experienced councillor who was always prepared to pass on the benefit of his experience with those who were new at the time.”

Lionel was born in Rugby on October 27, 1930, and awarded a scholarship to Lawrence Sheriff school in 1942.

He graduated from Leeds University in 1952 and then spent two years doing national service in the Royal Navy.

It was there he learned Russian and monitored Soviet military radio messages.

In 1956 he took a post in the oil industry in Bahrain.

He became a teacher back in England in 1960 and retired from Coventry University as leader of the Psychology Group in 1996.

”I’m sure he will be missed,” added Cllr Hunt.

Lionel’s funeral was held at the Sacred Heart RC Church, Bilton yesterday (Friday).



*Lionel was elected to Rugby Borough Council as a Conservative in 1979 for Bilton Ward

*Lionel was chairman of the housing committee in 1981, chairman of policy committee and leader of the council from 1986 to 1989

*He chaired the policy and resources committee from 1993 to 1995

*Lionel was the Mayor of Rugby from 2004 to 2005 and was elected to the county council in 1997

*He was awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Rugby on October 9, 1997