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Obituary of Dr. Robert L. Vaughan (Doc)
81 years of loving life and living it to the fullest. Dr. Robert L. Vaughan (Doc) died peacefully on Wednesday, May 8th with his family at his bedside. Bob was born in Ottawa to Lorne and Helen Vaughan on July 28th, 1937. He later moved to Belleville with his parents and four siblings (Bill, Norma, Barb and Gord (Joan), where he met his future bride, Lois Williamson, and ultimately decided to settle. Bob was a caring and generous person. In his chosen profession of medicine, he was devoted to his patients’ care - from welcoming newborns to providing end of life support. His love of people knew no bounds as he befriended those from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. He remained lifelong friends with many of his fellow medical class graduates from Queens, where he just attended his 55th reunion in October 2018. When his lung disease (of unknown origin, as he had never been a smoker) progressed and made mobility difficult, he was cared for at home by his loving partner of 59 years, Lois, with the help of many family and friends. His grandchildren Eric (Alicia), Liam, Zac (Lacy), Nicholas, Mattea, Hayden (Dom), Mitchell, Abby, Ethan and Liv, great grandchildren Audrey and Emmett, and four children Tari Lee (Mark) Hayes, Lisa (Joe) Shunock, Brad (Bonnie) Vaughan, Tania (Oliver) Maron, couldn’t have asked for a better role model. He crammed a lot of living into his life, travelling around the world with Lois. Even though he became quiet in his later years, he was a master storyteller and would hold us captivated during Sunday dinners. Everywhere he went, he made connections with people and discovered common bonds. When he got involved in things, it was all in. Hockey was a lifelong passion, ultimately resulting in bringing Jr. A Hockey to Belleville, enriching his family's’ life and that of his community. He received many accolades and awards, including the Bill Long Award for his ‘outstanding contributions and dedication to the development of Junior hockey’, the commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the Peace Tower Flag, induction into the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame that was ultimately moved to the Dr. R.L. Vaughan Atrium. He also served as Chairman of the Board for the Ontario Hockey League for over a decade. A highlight with his beloved Bulls was the incredible celebration of their 1999 J. Ross Robertson Cup win, an unforgettable experience for many. We would like to thank all the caring PSWs, Hospice volunteers and caregivers, especially Kim who always brightened his day. We appreciate the compassionate care and comfort that was provided at BGH during his final hours, with a special thank you to our friend Dr. Lois McDonald. Thank you as well to the numerous family and friends, who lessened the monotony of his housebound days. Bob was very generous in his charitable pursuits during life. We would like to follow his example in death and, for those who wish, we would appreciate donations to Hospice Quinte Heart and Home Building Campaign, the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame or a charity of your choice.
Right now, Doc is out there somewhere raising a glass in toast and asking, “What’s next?”
Visitation will be held at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, 30 Moira St. West, Belleville (613-968-2273) on Thursday, May 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, May 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at the CAA arena (aka ‘The Yard Barn’, Quinte Sports Centre), 265 Cannifton Rd. Belleville.