The Rev. Canon Alexander Anthony Aiton, Class of 1977, died on July 30, 2018 at the age of 68, after a courageous battle with cancer. Bishops Alan Scarfe and C. Christopher Epting presided at a service celebrating his life on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at St. John’s-by-the-Campus Episcopal Church in Ames, Iowa.
Aiton graduated from Kearny High School in New Jersey, and completed degrees from the City University of New York, General, and Drew University. Dedicating his life to the Episcopal ministry for more than 40 years, he served in parishes in Rumson, Palmyra, and Salem, N. J., served on the Bishop’s staff in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, and in Ames, Iowa for the past 27 years. He retired as rector of St. John’s-by-the-Campus in December 2017.
Aiton had many gifts he shared during his lifetime including his strong faith and love of God, his wonderful sense of humor and his storytelling. Over the years, he served on many committees both in the community and the Episcopal Diocese. He loved his cats and dogs, was an avid reader, enjoyed many years of camping and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include three daughters, Becci, Grace and Joy; a son-in-law, Jeff; six grandchildren, Bailey, Keegan, Charlotte, Mya, Parker and Sophie; former spouse and friend, Joan; two sisters, Cathie and Joanne; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son.