By Judy Wakefield
---- — The South School community has launched a “Live Like Dave” campaign in hopes of ensuring the legacy of a local father killed in a car accident in September lives on.
The initiative in honor of David Vaughan not only seeks to support a trust fund established for his family, but to also pay tribute to the type of person the 40-year-old married father of three was and that everyone should try to be, Kim Hunter, a neighbor and longtime friend of the Vaughan family, said in an email.
South School’s PTO introduced the campaign at its recent Fall Fest with the sale of “Live Like Dave” bracelets. The initial drive raised $1,600 to support the Vaughan Family Trust Fund.
“But more importantly, we spread Dave’s message and put smiles on the faces of his sons, who attended the event,” Hunter wrote. “We are hoping this was just step one of many more ‘Live Like Dave’ events.”
Vaughan, of Lavender Hill Lane, was killed in an early-morning accident in late-September on Interstate 93 just past the River Road exit in Andover. He was headed to work at Canobie Seafoods, Inc. in Salem, N.H., which Vaughan’s extended family owns and operates.
Vaughan and his wife, Kristen, have two sons, Colin and Kevin, both enrolled at South School. Their daughter, Caroline, is a preschooler.
Hunter said the bracelet campaign makes good on a request Vaughan’s brother, Dan, made at his funeral.
“Dave was nice to everyone; it didn’t matter if you were the president or the landscaper, he treated everyone with kindness and respect ...,” Hunter wrote. “When Dave’s brother, Dan, gave his eulogy, he asked us all to try and do ourselves a favor and ‘Live Like Dave.’ We are spreading Dave’s message.”
In an email to parents, South School Principal Dr. Colleen McBride thanked them for their “enduring support and tremendous generosity” toward the effort.
“By all accounts, David Vaughan treated everyone he came across in life with sincere kindness and great compassion,” McBride wrote. “Wearing a bracelet shows our support for the Vaughan family and sends a positive message to our children about the importance of caring for others, just like David did.”
In addition to purchasing bracelets, individual donations to the Vaughan Family Trust Fund can be made by visiting www.vaughanfamilytrust.com/home.html.