Ray Aiden, the long-time equipment manager for Evanston Township High School’s physical education and athletic departments, died Friday night.

ETHS Athletic Director Chris Livatino says Aiden suffered a severe stroke earlier this week and slipped into a coma before being taken off life support.

Livatino says Aiden spent 25 years with the school, starting in 1986. “Ray worked with five head football coaches, seven athletic directors, hundreds of coaches and teachers and thousands of students and student-athletes,” Livatino says.

“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.”

Livatino says he first got to know Aiden at age 14 as an ETHS student. “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.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Update 11:10 a.m. 11/12/14:

Services for Ray Aiden will be held Saturday, Nov, 15, at First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St. in Evanston, with visitation at 10 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m.

A repast will take place immediately following the funeral at Beardsley Cafeteria at Evanston Township High School.  Door 8 off of Dodge Avenue will be open as will Dodge Ave Parking Lots 6 & 7.

Condolences can be sent to Callie Aiden at 1632 Monroe Street, Evanston, IL 60202.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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