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Remembering Brian Puttock

By Cathy Dessert

Brian and Sue Puttock
The dance community was saddened by the recent passing of Brian Puttock, who was a favorite coach of many Twin Cities dancers. He was born March 9, 1951, and passed on May 9, 2014. Brian had not been ill.

Brian and his wife, Sue, began their dance partnership as young adults. This partnership continued on to become a forty-two-year marriage. Many in the dance community expressed condolences and support to Sue and family at the memorial service.

If you never had the pleasure of having Brian as a coach, here is a bit of his story. He was born in the United Kingdom and came to the U.S. twenty-some years ago. He danced as an amateur with Sue, gaining many titles. After retiring from competition, Brian served as an adjudicator, a coach, and on the council of the NDCA, working to improve the integrity of dance competitions. The Nevada Star Ball was a competition that Brian and Sue started and which still draws many pro/am and am/am competitors—a legacy of Brian and Sue’s dedication to the dance community. In addition to dancing, Brian loved to ride his Harley motorcycle, golf, and spend time with family and friends.

Brian Puttock, you have left a hole in many hearts. Thank you for all you have contributed by your example. Rest in peace.