It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Ray Aiden’s passing late last night. Ray suffered a severe stroke just a couple of days ago and slipped into a coma before being taken off life support.
Ray Aiden’s service to ETHS as the Equipment Manager for the Physical Education Department, Athletic Department and football program spanned four decades beginning in 1986. He was a key member of countless home contests hosted by the KITS during his 25 year career, into his retirement and right through this fall season. Ray worked with five head football coaches, seven athletic directors, hundreds of coaches and teachers and thousands of students and student-athletes. He was the smile and the story of the ETHS Athletic Office and PE Department.
Even in his retirement years when he enjoyed trips across the country to visit family and spend time with his wife, four children and grandchildren, Ray always found time to stop by the office once every few weeks and see how everyone was doing and share some classic Evanston sports stories.
On a personal note, I had the privilege to know Mr. Aiden/Ray since I was 14 years old and I can’t say that I ever heard him say a cross word about a coach or kid. He was a truly kind and gentle man who everyone enjoyed being around and sharing memories with just so they could hear his escalating laugh. I don’t know that you ever try to replace a man like Ray Aiden, but rather try to hold him as your benchmark for the way you hope others might remember you one day. With deep gratitude, respect and love, we will forever remember Ray Aiden.
As soon as service arrangements are finalized by the family, we will share that information with you.