All at Inverleith were saddened to hear of the sudden death of former player Steve Cully at Tulliallan Police College in Fife.
Steve, who was only 41, was educated in Belfast, and, after leaving school, attended university in Edinburgh. Following university, he joined the police, where he had been for over 17 years.
He was a talented rugby player and represented Ulster and Ireland Under 21s, Irish Exiles and the British Police as well as playing for Edinburgh Accies and Stew Mel. After retiring from rugby, Steve took up running and had posted impressive times in a number of marathons and half-marathons.
Perhaps his biggest feat was the Marathon des Sables, a gruelling six-day run across the Sahara desert in 2009. At the time he said: “I am always looking for something more challenging to do.”
Steve lived in the Borders with his wife Rosi, daughter Hannah and son Josh.
Steve’s funeral will take place at 1300 hours on Tuesday 20 September 2011 at Legerwood Church, near Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD4 6AT.
The family have requested that Rugby Club Ties be worn. Due to the limited amount of parking it is requested that there be no parking on the grass verges and that the marked parking area west of the church be used. There will be police officers to provide direction and assistance.
Legerwood Kirk is a small country church with seating for approximately 150 people. The burial will take place immediately following the service within the grounds of the church.
Thereafter the family have extended an invitation to all for refreshments and to celebrate Steve’s life. Please join the family at the Carfraemill Hotel, Carfrae, near Lauder, Scottish Borders, TD2 6RA.
Thanks to Accies for additional biographical input.