Hudson -- Former township trustee C. Edward Aiken died Feb. 16, 2013, after a lifetime of service to the community. He was 87.
Western Reserve Archivist / Historian Thomas Vince said Aiken's life was an example of civic virtue.
"Ed had both character and character traits that led to a life of deep involvement with his community," Vince said at the memorial service for Aiken at the First Congregational Church of Hudson. "He was not an observer of life in Hudson but was active in the promotion of its best assets."
In addition to serving as township trustee, Aiken and his wife Nancy were active in the commission to merge the township and the city of Hudson village. Prior to his trusteeship, Aiken served almost 20 years as clerk-treasurer of the old Hudson Library and Historical Society after he retired from the banking industry.
Former Hudson Township Trustee, Jane Caniglia, 92, remembered Mr. Aiken with fondness.
"He was such a wonderful man and very, very active in the community," Caniglia said. "He was very conscientious about Hudson.
Residents of Hudson since 1963, Aiken and his wife also were active with the Hudson Garden Club and both worked on the Bicentennial Commission.
Predeceased by his wife, Nancy (nee Horn), he is survived by adult children Jeffrey and Dee Aiken and K.C.Aiken, DDS, and wife, Lisa, all of Hudson; grandchildren, Tyler Aiken, Ginger Aiken Hollemans, Chase Aiken, Chelsea Aiken; and great grandchildren, Kylie, Craig, Caleb and Asher; and brother, John Pressley Aiken.
Memorials may be made to the Hudson Garden Club, P.O. Box 651, Hudson, OH 44236.