Scott R. Dixon, 48, of Lanesboro

Scott R. Dixon

Scott R. Dixon, 48, of Lanesboro, died on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at his Lanesboro home, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

He was born to Carol and Walter Dixon on Jan. 15, 1970, in Danvers, Mass.

In his teen years he developed a keen interest in computers, the New England Patriots, horror fiction and theater.

He graduated from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in 1988, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and theatre from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1992, and received a master’s degree in Acting from Wayne State University in 1995. He was a member of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and the Dramatists Guild.

In 2001 he began his career at the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro. Commonweal audiences saw him in 43 productions — at one point eight in a row. He directed a new adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People in 2011 as well as six other productions.

He and actress Stela Burdt met at Commonweal and were married on July 17, 2004, in Lanesboro. In 2010 they had a son, Kieran. His greatest love was his wife Stela, his son, Kieran, and his family and friends.

His last role on stage was also his first time playing opposite his wife as a couple, in Love Letters for Valentine’s Day this year.

He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, actor, director, playwright, smart, funny and incredibly kind man. His greatest passion was growing community through theatre and writing. He worked most of his adult life bringing stories to life on the stage, sharing his creative joy of writing and telling stories with his family.

He published “Beyond Midnight”a collection of horror short stories, in 2010. The Commonweal staged several of his adaptations and scripts.

He hosted several Over the Back Fence live radio shows from 2006 through 2008. His penchant for making puns was legendary, as were his self-deprecating comments about his tin ear for singing.

He was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer in January of 2017. Not wanting cancer to rule his life, he continued to love, live, work and play as much as he was able throughout his treatments.

He loved walks with his wife and their young son and running with his pal Vincent P. Dawg, cleaning up trash along the trail. He loved to crank up the volume and all the big hits of the ’70s and ’80s.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Dixon; aunt and uncle, Marion and Thomas Hagen and uncle, Paul Dixon.

He is survived by his wife, Stela Burdt; son, Kieran Dixon; mother, Carol Dixon; brother, Glenn (Leana) Dixon and nephew and niece, Elias and Isabella Dixon.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro. Visitation will be from 12 to 1:30 p.m. the day of service at the Commonweal Theatre.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to his son’s education fund or to the Commonweal Theatre.

Johnson - Riley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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