12-28-1947 - 7-8-2020
WHO'S ON FIRST?
Watch a pictorial salute to the late Don Aday doing the comedy routine "Who's on First," with Achilles Massahos (Bud) and Al Villanueva (boy).
video by Mike Sanders
Radio Redux laments the passing of Donald J. Aday, a longtime member of our troupe who passed away on July 8 at the age of 72, due to cancer. The loving husband of Radio Redux actress Diana Aday, he will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the theater community at large.
Don, who was born in Midland, Texas, on December 28, 1947, moved to Eugene in September 1969 where he pursued a freelance graphic design career and became active in local theater. He performed with the NewMime Circus beginning in the 1970s and sang chorus roles with the Eugene Opera in the 1980s. It was during rehearsals for Eugene Opera’s “La Boehme” in 1982 that Don met his future wife, Diana, and they continued performing together in multiple venues throughout his life. Their last co-starring turn was as an eccentric New York couple in Neil Simon's “45 Seconds From Broadway” at the Very Little Theatre in October of 2017.
Don was a frequent performer on the VLT stage over four decades and was a mainstay of Radio Redux for 12 seasons. He was also known locally for his voice work, and he and Diana often appeared together in television commercials and industrial films. Don enjoyed playing golf with family and friends and was an accomplished easel painter.
Don is survived by his wife Diana; stepdaughter Liz Aday (Australia.); stepchildren Steven, David and Glyndon; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren (Oregon); brother and sister-in-law Ron and Mary Aday (Texas); sister Patricia Moreno (California), and brother and sister-in-law, James and Linda Aday (Eugene).
At this time no memorial service is planned due to the current health risk. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Very Little Theatre or Hearts for Hospice in the name of Donald Aday.
Radio Redux dedicates its next season in memory of Don Aday, whom we miss enormously.