Desmond Vaughn

Obituary of Desmond Eugene Vaughn

Desmond Eugene Vaughn of Boynton Avenue Plattsburgh, N.Y., passed away peacefully at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont on February 23rd, 2021. He was born on March 31, 1953, the son of Francis Desmond Vaughn and Theresa Elmira Longtin, both of Plattsburgh. To many who knew him, he was "Des," to some close to him he was "Grizz," and to his life partner he was known as "Desi." If he wasn't known by name, he was recognized and well-respected by many around the North Country, and he cared deeply about his friends and family. A jack of all trades and educated by life's experiences, he was a hard worker his entire life which was a trait that dates back to his youth. As a young man, he was encouraged by his father, long-time G&G employee Desmond Vaughn, to tour with his brother's local bands to assist with the moving of equipment and running sound. However, his dad knew, most importantly, that he'd take care of everyone. It was his love for cars and his skills as a mechanic that kept the band vehicles on the road. These skills, in addition to looking after others, served him well all his life. He joined the team at Dubrey's Service as a mechanic and tow-truck driver in Plattsburgh where he interacted with and got to know so many people in the community. Keeping cars safely on the road was his top priority and he often reminded those close to him about routine auto or marine maintenance. He was an avid outdoorsman that mostly enjoyed hunting and fishing. He took pride in sharing his love for the outdoors with all and encouraged even the youngest of the family to be in the woods. He was not one to miss an opportunity to help others by sharing the best deals in town, assisting with local employment opportunities, sharing knowledge about life, and always trying to guide the younger generations. In recent years, he could be seen driving around in his beloved car, a yellow and white 1955 Chevy Bel-Air. It was a dream of his to own a classic car and he embraced the attention and conversations, but most importantly, the smiles that the car brought to everyone. He is survived by his 40-year life and love Deborah Z. Baughn and their kitty Sylvia also of Boynton Ave; Her Daughter, Mechelle (Kevin) Bair and life grandsons, Aaron and Adam Griffith; his siblings, brother, Randy (Shelley) Vaughn of Port Kent and Karen LeBoeuf of Plattsburgh; nephews, Kevin (Brittany) LeBoeuf of Morrisonville, David LeBoeuf of Plattsburgh, Chase (Kyungjin) Vaughn of Plattsburgh, and Casey (Heather Silcock) of Glen Rock, New Jersey; great nephews, Liam and Cullen LeBoeuf, Kyler Vaughn, Max Silcock; and great-niece, Samantha Silcock. He was predeceased by his parents. In his memory, there will be a car cruise followed by a celebration of life in July 2021, more details to follow. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.
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