In Memory of Edan Laidlaw


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday January 12, 2020
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Mass of Christian Burial

5:00 pm
Sunday January 12, 2020
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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Edan Richard Laidlaw, age 14 of River Falls, WI, beloved son of Richard and Stephanie (Rutty) Laidlaw, died unexpectedly on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at his home. Edan was born January 31, 2005 in River Falls, and was baptized at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. He was currently a freshman at River Falls High School.

Edan was active, musical, and athletic, and always had a smile on his face. He took piano lessons throughout grade school, and played the saxophone in the middle school band. Edan enjoyed hockey and soccer for many years in his youth, as well as basketball, and was a member of the Wildcat JV soccer team. He also enjoyed snowboarding and snowmobiling. Like other teenagers, Edan liked to play video games, be on his phone, and listen to music. He was a loyal and caring friend to others. Edan was happiest when he was with his friends, filling the room with smiles and laughter. Edan admired his brother and sister, looked up to them, and truly loved his time with them. He always looked forward to family vacations, holidays, and his birthday. Edan traveled to many destinations in this world with his family, and was so proud to earn his SCUBA certification last Christmas while in Roatán, Honduras. Those family memories were treasured by Edan. He had plans and goals for a bright future, and a family that loved him. In this tremendous sadness, all mourn the loss of Edan, and all that his future held for him.

Edan will remain in the hearts of his loving parents, Stephanie and Richard Laidlaw; sister, Cassandra; brother, Devlin; grandparents, John Rutty, and Careen & Denis Laidlaw; aunts and uncles: Annette Rutty, Andy Rutty, Jacquelyn (Brian) Smith, Timothy Rutty, Brett (Bev) Laidlaw, Toni (Graeme) Hoey, Judy (Graham) Boucher, Roslyn Mainz, and Paul (Belle) Laidlaw; cousins: Aurelia, Courtney, Erika, Danny, Jordan, Jacob, Belynda, Blayne, Ashley, Cameron, Dean, Travis and Demi. He is also survived by many other loving relatives, countless friends, and his faithful family companions, his dog, Dak and cat, Georgie.

Edan was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Lou Rutty; and his aunt, Theresa Rutty.

Mass of Christian Burial for Edan Laidlaw will be held at 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 12th at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division Street in River Falls, with Rev. Fr. Jerry Harris officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday, beginning at 2:00 pm until the start of Mass. A reception will immediately follow at the church. Private interment will take place.

In continuing with his caring ways, Edan gave the gift of life to others through organ and tissue donation.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644.

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  • Rich– I just saw the news, my brother. Words cannot express how sorry I am for you and your family. I was disappointed to see you were not going to be the other FO on my London trip Feb 1, as originally scheduled….and now I know why. Please take the words on this message board from the other AA pilot Kurt Anderson to heart. Those words are mine as well and I believe it whole heartedly that you will see your son again. I know it doesnt necessarily relieve the pain of today, and in the future, but it is HOPE and knowing that Edan is waiting for you and you and your wife and family will be with him again. Your loved brother

  • My condolences to the Laidlaw family. Richard and Stephanie, my heart goes out to you. I lost a brother 10 years ago, tomorrow he would have turned 54. Keep your eyes and hearts open as your son will always be with you.

  • Richard, Stephanie, Cassie and Devlin,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve and remember Edan. The other night I brought out his favorite song on the piano, “Runaway Pablo”. I remember him telling me, “if I could play songs like this more often, maybe I’d practice more”. My response was “maybe if you practiced more, you’d get to play more songs like this”. Edan’s response was “touche’” followed by a laugh.
    From coming with to his siblings lessons and playing with Drew ti the years I had as his piano teacher, I will miss his spunk and zest for life and his quick wit. May the memories of Edan and the love around you keep all of you during this difficult time.

    Lara, Ross, Jaydon, Abby and Andrew Simonson

  • We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending you love and hugs during this very difficult time. May you all know God’s love and comforting embrace now & in the days to come. Peace & love to your family.

  • Our hearts are sending love, comfort, and peace for all of you. May memories support your deep grief. May God hold you especially close during this time of ultimate angst.

  • Dear Laidlaw Family,
    We are so very sorry for your devastating loss.
    Wishing you peace and comfort,
    The Luebke Family – Steve, Jennifer, Anna and Eric

  • Laidlaw family, there truly are no words. Our deep, profound and heartfelt sympathies go out to you all. Please know that we hold you close in our thoughts and our prayers as you mourn the loss of your sweet Edan.

  • This news is devastating! As neighbors, our families have grown up together over the last 20 years. We always think of Edan as an active, caring and kind young man. Stephanie, Rich, Cassie and Devlin, we are so sorry for your loss. We send you our love and support. Douglas, Renee, Eva and Oliver.

  • I have no words for the pain you are experiencing right now. May the God of comfort envelope your family . I remember edan as a little boy at the YMCA when I took care of him as you worked out. My heart hurts and is broken for you all at this sudden and tragic end to a life that was not finished. May the God of peace surround you now as you prepare to say goodbye ,I pray for you and your family ,I pray for the families that he is providing lie to thru organ donation and I pray for all those whose paths he crossed throughout his life. I am surround you now with hugs and prayers that the God of love and compassion will surround you now and those of us who knew and loved edan will have comfort knowing that he is now resting in the arms of Jesus. Those of us left behind may we find comfort and surround your family now in this most difficult time. Love you all and sending big hugs to you and your family.🙏🙏❤️ Sara z

  • What a trip we all had to BWCA. Watching Edan dive off the rocks into the water and Devlin giving loving encouragement will be my imprint.

    We are heartbroken.

  • Stephanie, Richard, Cassandra and Devlin, We are so sorry to hear the terrible news. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Our deepest sympathies, Diane, Keith, Nigel, Danny and Ben.

  • I had the opportunity to meet Edan 2 or 3 yrs ago when he joined my son Brian and I at the demo derby at the Piercs Co. fair. Very nice and polite young man! Our thoughts and prayers to your family! So sorry for your loss! Rich, Brian and Lilly Johnson.

  • We are so sorry for your loss.
    May God give your family strength and peace through this difficult time. Thinking of you all.
    Love, Ramon, Teresa, Raymon, Richie and Damian Ceja

  • We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts are with you. May you find love peace in your faith and God.

    Quincy, Jeff, Trevor, Preston, and Dylan Conrad

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you Laidlaw family. We hope your cherished memories of Edan will help you get through this difficult time. God Bless You! Eric, Michele, Corey & Jenna

  • Keeping you all in our prayers. May your faith help guide you through this unbelievable loss. Grateful for the years Edan and Zach played soccer together, and all the fun times we had. He will be missed by many. Don, Kathy, Aidan & Zach Peterson

  • Luv n hugs Eddie, I’m super grateful that I shared your first scuba dive with u in Roatan and so many other family events!! Your spirit will be with me every time I go diving and I want to show you that pet tiger shark Laverne that we have over in Hawaii. They say her son Junior is a lot more frisky so u might have to watch out for me! I miss your sweet smile and easy going style already, but I also know your Grandma Rutty and Auntie Terry would love to dive with you or go on any other adventure u guys come up with!!
    From my heart to yours– AaaalooooHA till we dive again!!

  • Edan, I still remember how you stood up for Kenny when he was in 1st grade. I am so sorry for your family’s loss, love to all

  • We pray that you will feel God’s presence and He will fill your hearts with peace. Edan is in a beautiful place in which time stands still and he’s just a little ahead of us, still traveling and exploring as it sounds he loved to do. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Sending love and strength to all of you as you navigate this great loss. Grateful to have known Edan and that his life lead us to know both of you, Stephanie and Rich.