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Aaron Paul Aviani

Aaron Paul Aviani It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Aaron Paul Aviani. Aaron was born at San Francisco Children's Hospital on Aug. 20, 1973 to parents, Bob and Kay Aviani. Aaron grew up in the San Mateo Highlands and attend Highlands Elementary, Borel Middle School, Aragon High School and Canada College where he received his associate degree in liberal studies in 1995. Aaron then attended the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville where he received his massage therapy training. He was certified in massage therapy and as an athletic trainer. Aaron ultimately moved to South Carolina and dedicated his life to sports therapy. Aaron was working with the Gamecock student-athletes at the University of South Carolina and also ran his own professional massage clinic 'Top Performance Therapy' at Personally Fit Gym in Columbia, SC. Aaron attend school and earned a bachelor of science in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training at the University of South Carolina in 2000. He also earned a NASPE scholarship at the University of South Carolina. Aaron was ethical, supportive and a solid human being who loved helping others. He traveled all over the world with both the University of South Carolina track team and his personal clients because he loved everything about the sport of track and field. He took pride in the success of his clients. Aaron loved knowing that he was a part of helping each individual give their best performance possible so they could succeed to the top of their ability. One of his many highlights during his life included working with Allen Johnson on a regular basis and traveling with him to the 2004 Olympics. Aaron also worked with many other sports at the University of South Carolina including football and basketball. Among other things Aaron enjoyed snow boarding, skim boarding, baseball and soccer. Aaron leaves behind his loving parents Bob and Kay Aviani; his devoted sister Adine (Aviani) Caffas; brother-in-law, Mark Caffas; nephew, Dylan Caffas and grandmother, Bee Ilch. Aaron's family and friends miss him more then words can say. A Rosary will be said on Thur., Nov. 29, 7:30pm at Sneider Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home in San Mateo, CA. A Mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 10am at St Gregory's Church, San Mateo, CA. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Aaron's memory to South Carolina Athletic Training Student Association c/o University of South Carolina, 218 Blatt PE Center, Columbia, SC 29208. Donations payable to SCATSA for the Athletic Training Scholarship Fund.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 28, 2007
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