Obituary of William T. Vaughan
Buffalo News Newspaper Notice
VAUGHAN - William T. “Bill”
June 19, 2018 Devoted son of the late Lee J. and the late Mary T Vaughan; beloved husband of the late Joan (Missert) Vaughan; loving father of Kathleen (Michael) Putnam, William T. Jr. (JoAnne), Mary “Molly” (Daniel L. Metzinger) Vaughan, and the late Francine (Adam) Kempa; brother of the late Robert (Mary), Bernard (Angeline), Ann Marie and Thomas Vaughan. Adored grandfather of Kelly and Joan Putnam, William A. (Stephanie) Vaughan, Adam W. Kempa (Sarah Fabian), and the late Christopher Kempa. Proud greatgrandfather of five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. The family will be present at the JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME (Amherst Chapel), 280 Grover Cleveland Hwy. on Friday from 2–4 and 6–8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 AM at St. Mark’s Church, 401 Woodward Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to The Disabled American Veterans. Share online condolences at www.jerfh.com
William T. “Bill” Vaughan, 93, decorated World War II Veteran
July 25, 1924 – June 19, 2018
William T. “Bill” Vaughan, died Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Elderwood Health Care Facility in Grand Island after a long illness.
Mr. Vaughan, known to family and friends as Bill, was born and raised in Buffalo. He graduated from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Elementary School and Lafayette High School.
In 1943, Bill was inducted into the Army 11 days before his 19th birthday. He was then assigned to the 13th Infantry Regiment of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division. Bill, who was an unarmed medic in his unit, served with his Army brothers in a number of World War II operations that included the Normandy Campaign, which was one of the most pivotal of the entire war, and during which he was wounded; as well as the Rhineland Campaign in Western Germany where he was wounded again. By the close of the War, he had received two Purple Heart awards, as well as the Bronze Star with associated oak leaf cluster recognitions on three subsequent occasions. Bill also received the Legion of Honor medal from the French Consul in recognition by the government of France for his extraordinary contributions to their country and the risks that he took during the war with his Regiment during conflicts on French territory.
After his discharge from the Army, Bill attended Canisius College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.
On August 26, 1950, he married the love of his life, the late Joan Missert Vaughan, who passed away in 2013. Together they raised three daughters and a son in the city of Buffalo.
After graduating from Canisius, Bill accepted a position as a Case Manager for the Erie County Department of Social Services. His true professional love, though, was the Insurance industry wherein he had a long term career starting in sales. Later, he was associated with various organizations as an agent and a broker including Clauss & Company and Lawley Insurance.
Over the years, Bill was a tireless devotee to Canisius College and its Alumni Association. In 1989, Bill was inducted into the College’s DiGamma Honor Society which recognizes students, alumni, faculty and administrators who distinguish themselves working for the advancement of the College and who provide exemplary service on behalf of students and alumni.
Bill and his wife were very active volunteers for various Catholic Diocese of Buffalo churches including St. Joseph's New Cathedral, St. Margaret's, St. Mark's, as well as Newman Center Catholic Campus Ministry. In addition, he performed volunteer work over many years for numerous other organizations including Friends of Night People, Western New York Peace Center, Catholic Charities, The Cursillo Movement, Loaves and Fishes, and the Salvation Army.
Bill will also be remembered for his true kindness and his deep love for his Catholic faith, his family, and his Irish heritage.
In addition to his wife, Bill was pre-deceased by his daughter, Francine V. Kempa (Adam F.) and a grandson, Christopher M. Kempa.
Survivors include two daughters Kathleen (Michael) Putnam of Raleigh, NC and Mary “Molly” (Daniel Metzinger) Vaughan of Buffalo, a son William T, Vaughan, Jr. (JoAnne) of Clarence, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandson..
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday June 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mark's R.C. Church in Buffalo.