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June 19, 2014

A legacy carried forward; Local dad's warmth inspires children's book in his memory

Gretchen Detora remembers being struck by David Vaughan’s warm personality when he chaperoned a field trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston last year.

As the second-graders from South School, including Vaughan’s oldest son, Colin, excitedly talked about sea lions and sharks, a teacher’s assistant for the class was drawn to the Andover father’s demeanor with the youngsters.

“I couldn’t help but notice the warmth and positive energy that he exuded to those around him,” said Detora, an Andover native who graduated from Andover High School in 1972.

Last September, tragedy struck that warm, positive personality. Vaughan, 40, of Lavender Hill Lane, was killed in an early-morning car accident on his way to work at his family’s business, Canobie Seafoods in Salem, N.H. His car collided with a co-worker’s vehicle on Interstate 93 north just past the River Road exit in Andover.

Vaughan left behind his wife, Kristen, and their three young children — sons Colin and Kevin, who both attend South School, and daughter Caroline, a preschooler.

“After I heard of David’s passing, I wanted to do something to help the family with the intention of supporting the Vaughan Family Trust Fund. I thought a lot about David because I knew what kind of person he was — always helping those around him,” said Detora, who now lives in North Andover with her husband, Arthur.

Detora has written a children’s book dedicated to Vaughan and 20 percent of sales will go to the Vaughan Family Trust Fund.

“Dave and Danny Pay It Forward” is a cheerful, colorfully illustrated story about a dad named Dave and his son, Danny. Giving back by doing something good for someone — known as paying it forward — is the overriding theme of this story.

Young local readers will especially like the illustrations by Jason Boucher of Southbridge as Andover’s South School as well as Stachey’s Pizza in North Andover are pictured in the book, which sells for $14.95.

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