David was himself a lover of all things sports. Some of the best times in his life were spent playing football and baseball as a child, and excelling in all sports at a Varsity level later in life. One of David’s greatest passions in life was golfing with friends, but no one more than his own beloved father. Until recently, even though his father has been stricken with Alzheimer’s, David would often spend what free time he had occupying his Dad on a round of golf, despite keeping score or playing a consistent ball, he just treasured spending whatever time he could with his life mentor.
David met the love of his life, Kristen McDevitt, in 2001, through his “little brother”, Dan, a friend and work colleague of Kristen’s at Tufts Health Plan. To this day, Kristen is still a loved and valued member of the Tufts Health Plan family. It didn’t take long for the two to realize they were meant for each other, as they were engaged to be married in under one year, and joined together as soul mates on September 5th, 2003.
From the start of their life together, David and Kristen were both totally devoted to building and nurturing their beautiful family. Their three children are always a center-point of their interests, schedules and social lives. David was very involved in youth sports activities, coaching Colin and Kevin’s baseball teams, as well as helping out with Kevin’s Youth Hockey Program in Andover. Although only, 3, David’s interest for his daughter Caroline was equally apparent in preparing her for gymnastics along with his wife, a sport in which she herself thrived. David would never miss the chance to go to a Disney/Pixar movie, Ice Capades, or simply play at the park with his family.
As much as he loved sports, he also loved a gathering of family or friends. He was never happier than at a family cookout, having a beer with his brothers and sisters, or on the beach at the Cape with his wife’s family; watching his children play with his 20 adoring nieces and nephews. Uncle Dave was simply “the best”. He never strived to be the center of attention, and yet he was always the life of the party.
We all miss David, but we have faith in his example of caring for people, making those he loved the highest priority, and always helping wherever he could with no fanfare or expectations. David set a beautiful example of what giving can do to bring light into people’s lives. We hope that you will join us in trying to live by his example.
David L. Vaughan of Andover, beloved husband of Kristen (McDevitt) Vaughan, and loving father of Colin (8), Kevin (6) and Caroline (3), tragically passed away on September 27th, 2013 on his way to work. Born in Lawrence, raised in North Andover, David was the sixth of Larry and Lorna Vaughan’s eight children: Timothy and Celeste Vaughan of North Andover, Kristen Vaughan of North Andover, Kelly and Raoul Lavoie of Salem, NH, Brian and Courtney Vaughan of North Andover, Kathleen and James Saalfrank of North Andover, Kara and Sully Grella of Methuen, and Daniel Vaughan of Boston; he was the son-in-law of James and Marilyn McDevitt of Marshfield, and brother-in-law of Tim and Aimee McDevitt of Holliston, and Brian and Kristie McDevitt of Wrentham; he was a treasured uncle to 20 nieces and nephews; and he was nephew, cousin and dear friend to countless others.
David attended St. Michael’s grammar school in North Andover, and was a graduate of St. John’s Prep class of 1991 and Boston College in 1995. He worked for years in the seafood industry and was well respected by all with whom he did business. Whether a fisherman, truck driver, warehouse employee, purchaser or executive, David treated all with the same degree of courtesy, honesty and respect. He was literally loved from Canada to the tip of Florida and from East coast to West.