Cyclist Killed in St. Paul Crash with School Bus Remembered

May 12, 2018 01:50 PM

The small upholstery shop that sits on the corner of 27th Avenue SE and Franklin Avenue SE still bears Alan Grahn's name, even though the 75-year-old hasn't worked there in years.

Grahn was identified by family members as the cyclist killed in crash in St. Paul Wednesday. Police arrived to find Grahn seriously injured after a crash with a school bus, carrying about 50 kids.


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On his Facebook page, Grahn's son Andy wrote a short note about his father.

"I was lucky to have been raised by such a good father," Andy wrote. "He set in motion so much love and happiness and taught me so many valuable lessons. I intend to honor his memory and life by always climbing towards my goals and helping other people to strive forward."

Dale Simon, a lead upholsterer at Grahn's Upholstery, worked with the man for more than two decades.

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Grahn sold the business and retired five years ago.

He originally opened the shop with his wife of 48 years, Nancy.

"He liked doing antiques," Simon said, reflecting on Grahn's legacy. "That was his favorite thing to do. Very determined person to get the job done. Where there's a will, there's a way."

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Grahn's family said he was enjoying retirement.

He liked to climb, hike and bike.

In business, Simon remembers Grahn as "demanding" but realistic. After learning of his death Thursday, Simon began thinking about one of the last times he saw Grahn.

"Before he sold the business, he came to me and said, 'You know, I think now after all these years, you've become a better upholster than me,'" Simon said.

"That was a really nice compliment that he gave me."


Kirsten Swanson

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