Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad Cities





Bill Gillies

gillies.jpgBill Gillies was a founding member of the Celtic Festival and Highland Games and the Celtic Cultures Alliance of the Quad Cities. Without his efforts the Celtic Festival and Highland Games would never have gotten off the ground. This is why he is known as the founder.

Bill's advice and guidance as well as his fine company is dearly missed. 

William G. “Bill” Gillies

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Bill Gillies, 62, of  Davenport, will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday April 10, 2013 at Weerts Funeral  Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport.  Visitation is Tuesday  evening from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be held  privately at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  a fund to be established in Bill's name or to a charity of your choice.

Bill passed away on Friday April 5th at Genesis Medical Center East,  Davenport.  He was born in 1950 in Jersey City, N.J. to William George  and Elisa Amalia Gillies.  He was united in marriage to Eliza Lewis on  December 1, 1973 in St. Paul, MN.

Bill practiced law since 1977.  His education began at Macalester  College in St. Paul, MN.  He obtained his law degree from the California  Western School of Law, San Diego. Bill had practiced law in Rock  Island, Illinois, since moving to the area in 1984. 

Bill enjoyed spending time outdoors, watching classic movies, and  photography.  His most cherished time was that spent with his family,  most especially his daughters. 

Bill had been active with his daughters in the YMCA Indian Princess  Program and was a founding member of the Q. C. Celtic Highland Games.  Bill had also been a member of Scott County Pheasants Forever. 

Survivors include: his wife Eliza; his daughters-Meredith Jeanne Gillies  (and Ki Seung Rhee) in MN, and Caitlin Gillies in CO; his  sisters-Doreen (Leonard) Passmore in VA., and Allison Gillies in East  Dubuque, IL; his brother Paul Herbert in Chicago; and his sister-in-law  Eda Herbert in PA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jean Gillies, brother Daniel Herbert, and nephew Mark Schueller. 

Jane Tennant

SILVIS — Jane Annan McInnes Black Tennant, 76, of Silvis died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Trinity Rock Island.Jane_Tennant.jpg

Funeral  services are 10 a.m. Monday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Visitation  will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Burial will be in  Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the  American Heart Association.

Jane  was born Feb. 27, 1937, Glasgow, Scotland, to John Alexander and  Elizabeth Annan McInnes Black. She married John Tennant on July 18,  1958, in Knightswood, Scotland. Jane and John came to the United States  in October 1960. John died Dec. 5, 2001.

Jane was a bookkeeper for Modern  Woodmen and worked most of her career for Anchor Lumber Co. in Silvis.  She was an avid follower of her grandchildren’s athletic activities.  John and Jane were the founding members of the Scottish American  Heritage Society of the Quad-Cities. She was an avid golfer, world  traveler and enjoyed vacationing in Dauphin Island, Ala. She was also  owner of Britches-N- Stuff in Silvis. She was known as Aunt Jane or Jean  to so many.

Survivors include  her children, Kim Elizabeth (Danny) Sweeney and Stuart John (Ellen)  Tennant; grandchildren, Ian Kyle (Kamala) Pavelonis, Chase Matthew  Pavelonis, Maggie Gant, and Molly J. Tennant; great-grandson, Thierry  Kyle Pavelonis; a brother, George (Betty) Black; brother-in-law and  sister-in-law, Chick and Ty Thomson; sister-in-law, Nan Black; special  niece and nephew, Lynn Elizabeth (Donnie) Hunt and Raymond Charles  Thomson; and numerous family in Scotland.

Jane’s  family would like to thank UnityPoint in Rock Island, Dr. Alyas  Chaudhry and his team and special nurses, Barb, Theresa and Stephanie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; a brother, Alec Black; and a sister, Betty Thomson.

Charles "Chick" "Scotty" Thomson

Charles Thomson of Silvis, Illinois passed away Wednesday, February 5,  2014 following health complications stemming from diabetes, kidney  disease, and Alzheimers. He died sleeping next to his wife at Rosewood  Care Center where both had been residents since Chick.jpgNovember of 2013.

Funeral services will be at Schroder Mortuary in Silvis. Visitation will be Monday, February 10th from 4 to 7pm. Funeral service will be Tuesday, February 11th at l pm.

Chick was born in Glasgow, Scotland, June 10th, 1932, the son of Marion  and James Thomson. He married Elizabeth Black on July 20th, 1956 in  Glasgow, Scotland. She passed away in April of 1987. Chick married Ty  Stock on May 18th, 2000.

He arrived in the United States with his  wife Betty and their two children Lynn and Ray in 1968. Chick &  Betty along with John and Jane Tennant became famously known as the  Silvis Scottish people. The foursome from Glasgow ( Betty and Jane being  sisters, John and Chick best friends) they built their houses next to  one another and raised their families drenched in Scottish culture and  tradition.
Chick served in the British Royal Services in Egypt and  attended Glasgow Engineering School. He retired from Caterpillar as a  tool and die maker.

Chick was a founding member of the Scottish  American Society of the Quad Cities. He was the Bard of the annual  Robert Bruns Night and famous for his address To The Haggis. He served  as a committee volunteer for the QC Highland and Celtic Games. He was a  member of the JDC closing day ceremonies featuring the Scottish flags  and bag pipes. He was a popular speaker and entertainer at local  schools, museums and culture festivals.

Chick loved sports. He  formed and coached one of the areas earliest soccer teams in 1968. Often  times traveling across the state to rival other early existing teams.

Chick was a big supporter of the STL Cardinals, the GB Packers, The QC  Mallards and the Glasgow Ranger Soccer Club. He enjoyed golfing and  swimming.

He was a math genius and loved to watch Jeopardy. He loved  technology. He was a poet and story tellers. He loved to play his  guitar and sing. He was the life of the party.

Chick loved working  in his tool shop in the garage. He could create and design any project  asked of him. He enjoyed friends and neighbors asking him for advice and  help. Give him a challenge and he was on top of the world.

Chick  and Ty were a team. Serving on many charities and organizations. Always  arm in arm at Symphony, Playcrafters, events and festivals, strolling  the river walk, a night at the casino. They traveled the world making 21  trips visiting Europe. They loved their little dog Dougall Boy. Being  together forever was their plan.

Then we came to Rosewood. The  amazing and wonderful nurses, the kind and helpful aids, the brilliant  kitchen staff and cheerful cleaning staff at Rosewood made the last  months comfortable and safe. They became our family. The suite at  Rosewood was our home away from home at the end. Ty, Lynn and Ray will always remember the safety Rosewood offered to the family.

A very special thank you to our friend Faith at Hospice Compassus and  her caring, loving team whose visits and advice and concern gave us  strength and support. Words cannot convey their value. They are just  magnificent. God bless them.

Chick is survived by his wife Ty,  daughter Lynn (Donnie) Rapids City; son Ray, San Antonio, grandchildren  Zach and Sydney, San Antonio, sisters Margaret and May, Glasgow,  favorite nephew Stuart Tennant (Ellen), Silvis, niece Kim Sweeney (Dan),  Rock Island, nieces Molly and Maggie Tennant, nephews Ian and Chase  Pavelonis, Step son William Nelson, Venice, California, brother and  sister in laws Charles and Janet Lee, Ottumwa, Iowa, mother-in-law  Virginia Reifsnyder, Ottumwa, Iowa. And many nieces and nephews.  Including story teller Alan Thomson of Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bob and Jimmy, sister and brother John and Jane Tennant.
In Chick's memory memorials may be made to The Silvis Public Library  Children's Department, The Black Hawk Pipes and Drums Band, or The  Alzheimer's Research Fund.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather,  uncle, brother, son and husband. And to so many he will always be  remembered as Uncle Chick.
For all of you who knew and loved Chick...always remember him with joy and give him a jolly good toast.

William Fisher

William P. “Bill” “Liam” Fisher, 81, of Moline, passed away peacefully Friday, March 25, 2016 at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.
Visitation will be 4:00pm – 7:00pm on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Rafferty Funeral Home in Moline. Visitation and luncheon will be Saturday, April 2, 2016 beginning at 11:00am, with a memorial service starting at 12:00pm at Culeman’s Hall on 16th Avenue Moline. InFisher_Bill.png lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family.

Bill’s cremains will be scattered in the coastal waters of Ireland as he wished.

Bill was born on March 10, 1935 in Moline, the son of James W. Fisher and Zella M. White Fisher. Bill was married to Grace (Castelein) from 1955 thru 1998.

Bill was appointed to the Moline Police Department on March 1, 1957. On November 1, 1968, he was promoted to Sergeant; on February 16, 1975, he received a promotion to Lieutenant and was made Captain in August 1977. The majority of Bill’s police career was spent directing traffic-related activities. He retired after 28 years of service on March 2, 1985.

Bill was an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America as a member of Sacred Heart Church in Moline, where he was awarded the “Silver Beaver Award” by the Boy Scouts Council, which is their highest civilian honor. Sacred Heart also awarded him the St. George Award.
In the 1960's, Bill was also involved in the Moline Babe Ruth League and Moline Dad’s Club coaching boys’ baseball.

In 1968 the Moline Optimists named Bill “Patrolman of the Year.” The next year, the Chamber of Commerce selected Bill for one of its three “Community Service Award” recipients. The Moline Jaycees honored Bill in 1970 with their “Distinguished Service Award” which included being listed in their Annual “Most Distinguished” in the Nation list.

He greatly enjoyed 18 years as Chairman of the Cultural Committee for the Saint Patrick Society, who selected Bill as the Grand Marshal of the 1995 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

In 1999, Bill was awarded the Distinction of Knight in the Order of Leopold II for his service to the Belgian community of Western Illinois.

In 2003, Bill was named the recipient of the Bernard Andrew Gilhooly Award by the Irish Heritage Day Committee for his devotion to Irish History and Culture.

Bill was very active playing and organizing Rolle Bolle, a wonderful outdoor Belgian game. He was sad to have to retire after his double-bypass surgery in 2012.

Bill was an avid wood carver and was involved with the Quad Cities Wood Carvers Club for several years. He began carving neckerchief slides with his Boy Scout troop, and eventually honed his hobby into an amazing art. His Rolle Bolle figurines, which were awarded as trophies during summertime tournaments, were a highly sought-after award.

Bill loved to travel and took his young family on many cross-country road trips and camp outs. In his early retirement years, he traveled to 3 summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Seoul, and Los Angeles. He visited France, Belgium, and Scotland, but his greatest trips were to Ireland, where he went 4 times. He was blessed to have been able to cross a few items off his to-do list over the past few years, such as having a beautiful Celtic Cross erected at St. Ambrose campus in 2010, one last Cubs game in Wrigley Field in 2012, a solo Amtrak trip from Galesburg to SanFrancisco in 2013, a trip to Cubs Park in Mesa for a spring-training game in 2014, and an amazing surprise 80th birthday party in 2015.

Survivors include his children, William Fisher, Jr., Sausalito, CA, Dirk Fisher, Moline, Pamela Fisher (Dan Appelquist), Milan and Patrick Fisher, Naperville, IL; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Kyle "Boston" Symes

Kyle "Boston" Symes, 34, of Davenport passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Trinity

Kyle was born May 28, 1980, the son of Pamela Bishop and Daniel Symes.  He was employed as an electrician and contractor for ten years. His  hobbies included painting and he was an animal lover and firearms  enthusiast. He was active in the Celtic Highland Games, a proud member  of Clan Phoenix of the Quad Cities and enjoyed making homemade mead.

Survivors include his wife Heather Symes; mother and step-father Pamela  and Matthew Bishop; father and step-mother Daniel and Jodi Symes;  sister and brother-in-law Melissa and Mario Patalano; cats Tiger and  Miss Kitty and dog Harley Blue.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Arthur and Julia Symes and Thomas and Nancy Hutchinson.

Visitation begins at 3 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2015, followed by a  funeral service at 4 p.m. at the Runge Mortuary. Cremation will follow.  Memorials may be made to the F.O.D. Group. Online condolences may be  made at 

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