Putnam, CT – The Waukee community is in mourning following the tragic passing of Aiden James-Harrison Smith, a young boy from Waukee Youth Football, who tragically lost his life in an accident on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023. The incident has left the community devastated, prompting a heartfelt response from friends, teammates, and neighbors.
Aiden’s friendly nature and genuine kindness endeared him to many, serving as a beacon of comfort and companionship for those around him. His connection with others, particularly his close friend, illuminated moments of loneliness, fostering a safe environment filled with camaraderie and support.
Whether on the field as a teammate or a friend, watching Aiden play was a source of joy for those around him. His infectious smile and positive attitude had a remarkable impact, lifting spirits and leaving lasting impressions on everyone he encountered.
Beyond his athletic abilities, Aiden exuded passion and sportsmanship, inspiring his teammates to embrace competitiveness and love for the game. His graceful demeanor and humility earned him respect from peers and opponents alike, transcending the boundaries of competition.
Mark Antonio Smith posted on Facebook,
“It’s hard to say this matters. Nothing does.But do what you can for my boy.”
The loss of Aiden resonates deeply within the Waukee community, as his legacy of love, wisdom, and empathy transcends his short time with us. His remarkable blend of kindness, intelligence, and a golden heart left an indelible mark on all who knew him.
In response to this tragic loss, a GoFundMe page titled “In Memory of Aiden James-Harrison Smith” was created by Jill Gentile, a Waukee resident, to assist the family with funeral expenses and other associated costs during this difficult time. The page has already garnered significant support, with Northwest Youth Football leading the way with a generous $1,000 donation, contributing to the current total of $2,800, nearing its $5,000 goal.
“We are all devastated by the unexpected loss of Aiden, and that is why I am asking for donations to help cover the cost of funeral expenses. We want to give Aiden James-Harrison Smith the memorial he deserves, and anything helps,” expressed Jill Gentile in support of the fundraiser.
The memory of Aiden James-Harrison Smith continues to echo through the hearts of those he touched, inspiring a community to remember his remarkable spirit and encouraging others to live life with the same zest and compassion that defined his too-short yet impactful journey.