Sep 29,2006---May 24,2021

Aidan Michael Riley, beloved son of Ellen Wright Riley and Michael Riley died suddenly at his home on Monday, May, 24, 2021. He was a fiercely loyal and loving son, brother, and friend. He was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, MO on September 29, 2006, the feast of St. Michael and all the Archangels.

In addition to his parents, Aidan is survived by his sister Maeve and brother Conor; his grandparents John Wright and Kathi Welch, Tony and Jeanne Riley, and Claire and Bill Kelly Schultze; Uncles Shane (Mikki) Wright, Casey (Cory) Wright and Paul (Betsy) Riley; and cousins Forrest, Duke, Elsie and Isla Wright, John and Madeleine Riley; and too many great aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends to list.

He was preceded in death by many beloved family members, most recently his great-grandmother Ruthe Wright and cousin Jacob Hayes, and also his maternal grandmother, Joanie Hayes Wright who surely welcomed him into God’s kingdom with loving arms. 

Although Aidan’s time on earth was much too short, he had many notable accomplishments during that time. Aidan was a highly intelligent boy, often thinking deeply and questioning everything.  Aidan decided at the age of two that he would be a paleontologist, later changing his mind when he considered the potential salary. Aidan was an avid reader from a young age, often finishing more than one book a week, and even attempting to write a few of his own. In second grade, Aidan was selected to attend the Enriched Learning program through the public school district, which let him really be himself while fostering his mathematical mind and his extensive creativity. He created games and podcasts, putting his endless statistical sports knowledge to good use. 

Aidan developed a love of travel through many wonderful trips, especially to Ireland where the family jumped into the bay from the pier, played with the neighbors, and walked into town. The Riley family of five all agreed that the most recent trip to Florida was one of the best ever as they walked on the beach, played games as a family at night, and had sibling sleepovers every night. 

Aidan had two special birthday experiences with his dad. They attended the Sept. 29, 2014 Chief vs. Patriots game in which the Chief’s “Beat Brady” cheer earned the world record for the loudest stadium. To celebrate his 13th birthday in 2019, Aidan and Mike travelled to the University of Notre Dame. Mike is especially grateful in light of the 2020 pandemic that followed. The Rileys loved sharing the campuses of their Alma Maters, Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, with their children by visiting the grotto, the Basilica, the dorms, and the lakes where Mike and Ellen spent their college years. 

Aidan tried many sports and was a well-rounded athlete. Golf, the only sport he hadn’t yet tried, was on his list to try as he planned to do business deals on the golf course as an entrepreneur. Football, basketball, track, and diving were his favorite sports. Football allowed him to hit without getting in trouble. At 6’3” in 8th grade, his height and skill were assets on the basketball court. In his dad’s footsteps, Aidan ran competitive track. He also loved to dive, which he perfected through hours on the trampoline. 

Aidan had just completed his 8th grade year at Curé of Ars School and enjoyed his many friends who welcomed him when he transferred during his 6th grade year. There, he competed in football, basketball, and track. Earning an academic scholarship to Bishop Miege High School, Aidan looked forward to playing football and a fresh start at a new school.

Aidan’s quick wit and dry sense of humor will be remembered and his family will miss him calling them out on their “stupidity.” He loved spending time with his friends and playing basketball and ps4.  Sometimes, he would have to excuse himself to play with his squad saying, “the boys request my presence” and he would go “grind” as he called it. Everyone wanted to be around Aidan because of his great zeal, sense of humor, intensity, and love of life; you would never know he was an introvert at heart. Aidan loved life, his family, his friends, the beach, sports, Notre Dame Football, and Ireland.  

Aidan attended Catholic school from preschool through 8th grade.  He received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation at Curé of Ars, and First Holy Communion and Reconciliation at St. Ann. While Aidan’s life experiences and constant deep thinking evoked challenging questions about his Catholic faith, Aidan and his mom, Ellen, recently had a conversation about the belief that there is more beyond this life and all of our questions will be answered.  She told Aidan that she will always pray for him, and she knows there are many who will do the same. Both Mike and Ellen cherish not only the memory of their first-born son, but also the recent, deep conversations they shared with Aidan. Maeve and Conor treasure their memories of their older brother who loved to tease them, but also fiercely loved and protected them.  

A memorial visitation will be held at Curé of Ars Church on Thursday, May 27th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm with a rosary at 5:00pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held at Curé of Ars on Friday, May 28th 2021 at 12:30.  The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed at: https://www.cureofars.com/funeral. Mass will be followed by a Celebration of Life Lunch at Bishop Miege in the commons. All are welcome to attend. A private burial will follow the luncheon.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Aidan Michael Riley Scholarship Fund to assist at Curé of Ars students who wish to attend Bishop Miege High School. www.bishopmiege.com/aidanriley

Aidan’s memory is a blessing to the many who adored him. We know his love continues through the love and kindness we show each other. Please remember Aidan’s beautiful smile and sense of humor.

 



Condolences

Melissa & J.P. Rankin May 25 ,2021

Aidan’s 1st grade teacher (Melissa) & neighbors ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Praying for your entire family to feel God’s tight grip around you, peace in your hearts, and the warmth of the hundreds of people that are here loving and supporting you during this difficult time! Aidan was one of the smartest students I had the pleasure of teaching. Sending all of our love and prayers your way! Melissa & J.P.

Lynn and Terry O’Leary May 25 ,2021

Para and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd St. Ann ,Mission Hills ,Kansas

Dear Mike, Ellen, Maeve and Conor, We are so very saddened by the loss of Aidan; and ask God to hold you all so very close right now and for always with the assurance that Aidan is under the loving care of our Good Shepherd now and forever. The veil that separates us is thinner than we could ever imagine. Praying you feel the love of your extended community and especially that you will always have hope in Jesus our Lord. With love and prayers! Lynn, Terry, and Mary O’Leary

Maura Black May 26 ,2021

Dear Ellen, Mike, Maeve and Conor, We are so terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your Aiden. We are sending all our love and prayers for you for peace and strength. Love, Maura and Conor

Sue Riley May 26 ,2021

aunt ,Altoona ,Pennsylvania

Dear Mike, Ellen, Maeve and Conor, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this tragic time, as are those of your cousins. May God sustain you as you cope with your grief.

Vicki and Pat Saviano May 26 ,2021

St. Elizabeth's Friends ,Kansas City ,Missouri

To Mike and Family, As Parents who have also experienced the death of a Son, our hearts are joined with yours. We can promise you that one day it will be easier to remember with more smiles than tears. Meanwhile, please know that we are saying special healing prayers for you. Aidan was blessed to be in your family and you were blessed by him. May God's Grace and Peace be with you.

The Jaworski Family May 26 ,2021

Aidan & Brogan played basketball against each other ,Lenexa ,Kansas

It is with great sadness that we learned of the loss of Aidan. Our prayers are with your family during this this difficult time. Brogan will always cherish the memories of his rivalry with Aidan and his Cure’ basketball team. Aidan was a fantastic competitor, fun to watch, and truly respectful towards his rivals when the competition was over. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered for his outstanding competitive character. We will always keep him in our prayers. Brogan and the entire Jaworski family.

Mary Brown May 26 ,2021

Im so sorry and heartbroken for the loss of Aidan. My son Henry Brown knew your son and looked up to him as his upperclassman. He is also in class with your daughter. He said Aidan was tall and super cool . Ive been praying for Aidan and your whole family. Prayers and Love. Mary Brown

Alex Olive May 26 ,2021

Former Kindergarten Teacher at St. Ann ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Ellen, Mike, Maeve, and Conor, We are praying deeply for your family and sweet Aidan now and always. It is evident his loving spirit and kind heart will live on through anyone who came in contact with him, especially through you four. I know he is surrounding you with his beautiful Heavenly wings. Sincerely, Alex, Henry, and Lane Olive

Anthony and Siobhan O'Callaghan May 26 ,2021

Friend ,Co. Kerry

Mike, Ellen, Maeve and Conor. We were deeply saddened to hear of Aidan's passing. We have fond memories of him playing with Ben in John and Kathy's house and calling up the road to our house. Ben really clicked with him and they got on so well. We remember an active, happy, handsome boy, surrounded by a loving family. We are thinking of you all, including John and Kathi, at this very difficult time. May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace. Our deepest sympathies from all the O'Callaghan family in Kenmare, Ireland.

Maggie and David Sullivan May 26 ,2021

Riley Family, We pray that you feel the warm embrace of Mary’s mantle during this time of un imaginable grief. David and I will be praying a novena to St. Michael the Archangel for Aiden and you all.

Elnora Webb May 26 ,2021

Riley Family, May you find comfort in God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4. “God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away.”

Heather Nicole Hamtil May 26 ,2021

friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Thinking of you at this most difficult time and asking the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to comfort you.

Susan Lopez Michael Lopez and our family May 26 ,2021

Parent from St. Elizabeth school ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Mike, Ellen and your family we are praying for you! . We were saddened to hear this news. Your stories of Aiden told of a great son and brother and the love you all have for him. Your precious time with him will be cherished forever. We are praying for all of you, please know that Mary has her arms wrapped around you all of these days. Prayers for strength and understanding and peace. Jesus never lets you walk alone even when you don’t see his footprints please remember that he is there with you carrying you. God bless your sweet wonderful family Susan Lopez and family

Molly (Caton) Sloan May 26 ,2021

Fellow Catholic, Former St Ann Parishoner, Neighbor Esther Bizal’s granddaughter ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Riley family, Some obituaries feel empty, however Aidan’s touched the soul, described his gifts from God beautifully, and was filled with love. In sharing your horrifying event with our two middle schoolers, Kiefer said, “He didn’t know me well, but he’s the one who took the time to show me how to do a back flip on his trampoline was the very first time ever I did one. He had a big smile and seemed happy. It was cool to watch what he could do off his deck onto that mat.” Our hearts hurt for you all, and I cannot even fathom the pain you are experiencing. I am confident Aidan’s life will be vividly remembered by sooo many until their own Earthly lives come to an end, and in this Aidan will help sooooo many spread love and kindness. I am deeply sorry that this is a part of your story, and pray you can find happiness for your time here on Earth as good will prevail. Thank you Aidan for welcoming your backyard fun to your neighbor’s family.

John Adams May 27 ,2021

Friend ,Kenmare

Dear Mike, Ellen, Maeve, Conor, and extended families. We are sending our deepest condolences to you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Love John, Anna Marie, Ellen, Laurie and Conor, Kenmare, Kerry, Ireland.

Karen Wuenstel May 27 ,2021

Ellen's former teacher, and friend of the family. ,Topeka ,Kansas

This saddens me beyond belief Oh, Ellen. I did not know Aiden, but you're loving tribute to him introduced me to a boy I know was so special. I love you and your family, always. Mrs W

John and Karen Spellman May 27 ,2021

Luke and Conor joined Cure together ,Prairie Village and Dublin, Ireland ,Kansas

Sending our deepest condolences to Mike, Ellen, Meave and Conor on your devastating loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

DeSapio Family May 27 ,2021

Friend ,Naperville ,Illinois

Mike, Ellen, Maeve, and Conor - We are heartbroken to hear of the loss of Aidan. His accomplishments and the lives that he has touched are a testament to the beautiful family that you have created. We say the prayer to St Michael at the start of every mass which will keep Aidan and your family in our prayers often. Love and God Bless, Vince and Brooke.

Barbara Dunn May 27 ,2021

Friend ,TOPEKA ,Kansas

Bernie and Barb Dunn and family sends their sincere condolences to this beautiful family. Daily love and prayers to each. Dunn Family Topeka, Kansas

The Gunter Family May 27 ,2021

St. Ann Catholic Scool Parents ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Mike, Ellen, Maeve, and Connor, Sending our deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your entire family during this most difficult time. Rocky and I were beyond saddened to learn of Aiden’s passing. Praying for peace, strength, and comfort for you all. May God’s love grant you peace. Sending all our love and hugs. Love, Mindy, Rocky, Sloan, Brooks & Gwen Gunter

Patrice Ludwig May 27 ,2021

Miege parent ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Reaching out with sympathy and love as you mourn the tragic loss of your beloved Aidan. Mike taught our daughters Caroline and Kathleen at Miege ('07) and ('08), both of whom have many fond memories of Mr. Riley. There is no way we can begin to understand the depth of your loss, but our hearts are heavy with grief for your entire family. Be assured of our continued prayers. We have no answers--only support and love.

Juan Toledo’s May 27 ,2021

Friend of family ,San Diego ,California

I am sorry for your loss. That is heartbreaking. I will be thinking and praying for your family.

Robert and Mary Ziegenfuss May 29 ,2021

Family friend ,Kenmare Ireland

Mike, Ellen, Maeve and Conor So sorry for your loss . Myself , Mary , Amy and Emma are deeply shocked and saddened . We are all thinking of you and John and Kathi along with your entire family at this awful time . May Aidan Rest In Peace . Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Holding you close in our thoughts and hoping you are doing OK.

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9405 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
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May 27 ,2021
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Visitation
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Cure of Ars Catholic Church
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Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
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May 27 ,2021
Time:
5:15 PM
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Funeral Mass
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
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9405 Mission Road
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Leawood
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Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
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May 28 ,2021
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