Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 3, 2013

Crash claims life of devoted family man

Friends, coworkers mourn father of three


“The funny thing, I’m more type A. He was type B. I was the screamer and yeller, and he was the calming influence,” Lavoie said.

At home on Lavender Lane, Vaughan was equally respected. A woman who lives next door to the family called Vaughan “the best father and a wonderful neighbor.”

The couple was expecting their first child when they moved into Lavender Hill Lane almost nine years ago.

While the Vaughans recently sold that home, they didn’t venture far, opting to rent a larger house right across the street, the neighbor said.

“He was just a wonderful family man,” she said. “He was always out playing with his kids. Because of his work hours, he had more connection to his kids than most fathers do.”

One of eight siblings who grew up in North Andover, Vaughan graduated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers and Boston College. He worked for years in the seafood industry.

Richard Deshaies met Vaughan as a teenager when they both worked summer jobs at Shyer’s Lobster Pound in Salem, N.H. They later became business partners for a time, operating Atlantic Fresh Lobster Co. based in North Andover for a couple years.

Deshaies called Vaughan “one of those people, you hear this all the time, but the guy who would give you the shirt off his back.”

“If I ever needed something, he’d probably be the first guy I called,” Deshaies said.

While the accident remains under investigation, State Police said Collins-Lyman was driving north on Route 93 when he changed lanes from the middle to the left lane to avoid a slower-moving vehicle.

His 2009 Honda FIT then crashed into the median guardrail, causing him to be ejected, according to police.

His unattended Honda then rolled back into the left travel lane where it was struck by Vaughan’s 2005 Land Rover. The Land Rover then crossed all lanes of traffic before rolling over and coming to rest in the breakdown lane.

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