Aldo Hadden Nelson
October 8, 1925 - July 2, 2013
Resident of Oakland
A native of Magnet, Nebraska, age 87, Aldo lived all but the first nine months of his life in Oakland, California. Alumnus of Allendale Elementary, Hamilton Jr. High, Fremont High School and, as reported by the Oakland Tribune in 1943, never missing a single day of school. Served in the Army
of Occupation in Germany in the Army Air Corps during World War II
and flew in B-29s. Graduated in the class of 1949 at Cal Berkeley and earned his Masters at San Francisco State College.
Taught (1949-1969) and was Director of Athletics (1969-1982) for Oakland Public Schools. Served as Director of the basketball Tournament of Champions and was instrumental in bringing back the high school state basketball championship. Served as Commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation and a term with the Oakland Parks and Recreation Commission.
It was through Parks and Recreation that Aldo met his wife of 62 years, Edina Heagerty Nelson.
Aldo was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur C. and Frances Butterfield Nelson; sister, Lois Nelson Aho and brother, Dr. Gaylord "Ace" Nelson. In addition to Edina, survived by daughter, Dea, sons Jack, Christian, John (Margaret), James (Donna) and grandchildren Andrew, Eric (Stephanie), Jordan, Robin, and Kevin.
Aldo and Edina had a vision for their lives that included building their home in the Oakland Hills, raising a large family and sharing their good fortune with family, friends and neighbors. It was a vision inextricably linked to the city they loved and for which we are profoundly grateful.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Oakland Kaiser and Highland hospitals for their exceptional care and support.
Services will be held at 10:00 on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Santos-Robinson Mortuary, 160 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, California. Interment will be private. Visitation begins Tuesday July 9, 2013 Noon to 8:30 P.M. at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations to the
in Aldo's name are appreciated