Nelsen Williamsburg


John Asaph Vaughan Jr.

1 diciembre , 195322 septiembre , 2021

John Asaph Vaughan Jr., 67, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, September 22nd 2021 after a vigorous battle with cancer.

John was born on December 1st, 1953, to Marion & John Vaughan Sr. in Hempstead New York. After graduating from The Stony Brook School in 1972, he went on to study Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and graduated in 1976. He later obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Old Dominion University.

After graduation from RPI, he moved to Virginia and began working in Commercial Real Estate Development. John later founded Monarch Development and beginning in the 80’s managed several large projects in the Hampton Roads Area as well as the Moorefield Park Development in Richmond Virginia. In 1999, John founded a business specializing in Website Development and Digital Brand Optimization based in Williamsburg which served small to medium businesses in Eastern Virginia. He was active in this business up until his recent passing.

John is thought of as a great neighbor by those who knew him. Always ready to drop everything to help neighbors with computer issues, add a helping hand, lend a friendly smile or simply to chat. He is missed and fondly remembered.

John inherited his love of boating from his father and spent many a time sailing, water skiing and motoring on Lake George, Long Island Sound, the Chesapeake Bay, and other bodies of water. On land, he could be found tinkering with cars and motorcycles, and spending many hours of riding his motorcycle with local friends. He was a loving son and brother.

John was predeceased by his parents Marion & John Vaughan Sr. He is survived by his son, Ryan Leggett, Ryan’s wife Amber Leggett and their 3 children, Charlotte, Olivia, & Eleanor; and his sisters and their families, Valerie Sunden, Sylvia Vaughan, and Susan & Michael Scheld.

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John Asaph Vaughan Jr.


Ben Manning

3 octubre , 2021

John and his mother attended Hickory Neck Church in Toano for many years and he would come back occasionally to see old friends. He worked numerous times on communication projects there. As a single parent , he attended regularly with his son, Ryan. John was a great guy with a big welcoming smile and will be missed. Peace to you, John Vaughan.

Dave Leibold

3 octubre , 2021

I met JOHN through a local motorcycle riding group. Quite the character, we rode together on occasion. Fine man, fun to hang out with, Rest In Peace my friend. One less character in the world is a sad thing. Will miss you

Gary Davis

2 octubre , 2021

I met John through our mutual love of motorcycles. I did not know John a long time but the time we knew each other was very enjoyable. We went on many MC rides as part of the Williamsburg Riders club. As mentioned earlier John was always ready to help including helping me move into a new house a couple of years ago. Needless to say hearing of his passing was a shock. I will miss his friendship and comraderies. Sorry to see you leave us so soon. Ride in peace my friend.


28 septiembre , 2021

Fair winds and following seas to our dear friend and Riverview neighbor for the last 22 years. Until we meet again…🙏

J D Hart

28 septiembre , 2021

John was a neighbor and good friend for twenty five years and a good guy to help out others when needed , we will miss him and send our condolences to his family !

Mary Kathryn Diggs

26 septiembre , 2021

Dear Sylvia, Susie and all your family,
I was shocked when Janet called with the news of John's death. My deepest sympathies to you. I recall so warmly, walking up the street to your home and Monty pouring us a glass of Port, and we sat and caught up. One Christmas you had our family over for a lovely dinner party. We love your family and I hope to catch up once again.
God's peace,
Mary Kathryn

Janet Parsons

26 septiembre , 2021

A cruel warrior among a fierce army of invaders,
Piercing, penetrating, plucking
the finest fruit before it’s time.

Neighbor, adopted family, friend,
guru of the ‘www world’, devoted son, father.
John, you lived in your house by the side of the road and befriended all manner of humanity.
You were loved and you are missed but never forgotten.
I’m in the kitchen while dinner is being prepared, recovering the dining room chairs for Monty, admiring Sylvia’s geraniums blooming in the north porch in January like it’s July. I’m enjoying happy hour with you and Monty and Sylvia. You are always nearby.

You are dropping everything to help Ken or me with a computer issue, ( more times than I can count). Not once did you seem exasperated with us!!!

You reminisce about summers in Lake George growing up. You usher at church. You never forget neighborhood cleanup and social events. Quintessential neighbor; in Joanna’s words: a kick-ass neighbor!
You are spread farther and wider in the hearts and memories of so many , no one knows. You will always matter, my friend.

Linda Hall-purman

24 septiembre , 2021

John and were the type of friends that did not know each other since childhood, but it always seemed like it.
I was very lucky to see him a few times before he passed. He was strong and fighting hard! He talked of only his family and the love he had for them. We recalled many fun memories! We love sailing and my husband and I thought he might like to go with us. Never thought he would sail off without us. Smooth sails and following seas john. Linda and Steve