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Kirk Bachler | Tim Dickson | Alan Grant |Anna Laino

Kirk Bachler, 1948-2014

The RSCDS Twin Cities Branch mourns the loss of Kirk Bachler, who passed away on June 9th, 2014.

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Tim Dickson, 1963-2008

The RSCDS Twin Cities Branch mourns the loss of Tim Dickson, who passed away suddenly on May 1, 2008.

Tim grew up in Roseville, MN, graduated from South High, Mpls in 1979 and UW Madison in 1983. He played a very important and valued role in the RSCDS Twin Cities branch during his decade of membership. He was on the branch board for several years, serving as a member at large and as board vice-chair. He chaired our annual Fàilte Ball for many years, and organized many other social events. He was also one of our most dedicated Renaissance Festival performers. His energy, humor, and sense of fun will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.

"The dancer is at rest, but the dance will keep going -- Tha an dannsair aig fois, ach cumaidh an dannsa à dol."

Alan Grant, 1944-2012

The RSCDS Twin Cities Branch mourns the loss of Rev. Alan W. Grant, who passed away October 29, 2012.

Alan was born in Seattle, WA and grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University and went on to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1970. He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1971 and spent most of his career doing pastoral care at hospitals. After moving to Minneapolis in 1976, he served as chaplain at Metropolitan Medical Center and Mercy Hospital, where he was known for his gift in helping people through life transitions. He had a passion for cycling and also enjoyed photography, woodworking, and bread-baking, as well as travel with wife Helen. He became involved with the local Scottish community through the Twin Cities Scottish Club and soon discovered Scottish country dancing and the RSCDS. Along with Helen, he became a fixture in the group, a board member, and a sought-after partner on the dance floor. We will miss his playful humor and his great kindness.

»"The Minister on the Mississippi," an 8x32 Strathspey

Anna Laino, 1983-2009

The RSCDS Twin Cities Branch mourns the loss of Anna Laino, dancer and musician, who left us on February 5th, 2009.

Born Nov. 12, 1983, in West Islip, NY, she had moved to Chardon, OH in 1994, and lived there until moving to Minnesota, three years ago. She was a 2001 graduate of Chardon High School, a 2005 graduate of Grove City College and a 2008 graduate of Luther Seminary with a master's degree in sacred music. She loved to listen to and play music. She played the organ, violin, piano, trumpet and was a gifted singer. She enjoyed knitting, traveling, and art. She also enjoyed spending time with her two cats, Wilbur and Orville. Anna was the music director at St. David's Episcopal Church in Minnetonka for the past three years.

Anna had danced with the RSCDS for the past two years and also played fiddle with the Talisker Collective. In addition, she was fiddler for Duck or Grouse Rapper Sword.

She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

»"Anna's Homecoming," an 8x32 Reel

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