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William L Vaughan

October 6, 1941April 2, 2021

William Lewis Vaughan 1941 - 2021

William Lewis Vaughan, age 79, passed away on Friday evening, April 2, 2021 at his home in Auburn, Maine with his family at his side. He was born on October 6, 1941 in Bangor, Maine, the only child of Ober and Leone (Plummer) Vaughan. A lifelong Maine resident, he received his baccalaureate degree from Colby College in 1964 and later received certification as a social worker and licensure as a psychologist. Bill worked for twenty years as a therapist with Tri-County Child and Family Services and then, in the late eighties, began a private practice serving those in the Lewiston-Auburn area. During that time he was also a consultant with the Central Maine Medical Center Residents Program. In the late nineties he began working as a School Psychological Examiner serving many school districts across South Central Maine. In his early twenties he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that he battled and finally won after twenty long years. His experiences dealing with cancer led him to become involved in helping other cancer patients both in his private practice and as Chairman of the Living with Cancer Conference for five years. During the span of twenty years when his children were growing up, Bill and his first wife, Susan Goodale Gillies, lived in New Gloucester where he was active in the volunteer fire department as well as being highly involved with his childrens' various activities. In the late eighties he moved to Auburn and became interested in cycling, running and golf. He ran three half-marathons and enjoyed biking with friends. In his quiet times, he was an avid reader, a crossword aficionado and a creative cook. He wrote poetry, painted with watercolors and also dabbled in woodworking. Bill is remembered with love by his three children and spouses: Christopher and Tracy Vaughan; Jessica and Kevin Smith; Matthew and Sharon Vaughan; his seven grandchildren: Alayna and Maxwell Vaughan, Benjamin and Ellen Smith, Charles, William (Jack) and Madelyn Vaughan as well as two cousins, Sally Tasker and John (Jack) Plummer. He is predeceased by his son, Greggory Charles Vaughan. We would like to extend a special thank-you to the amazing staff at Schooner Estates, the physicians and nursing staff at Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice, as well as Elite HomeCare and The Fortin Group for the wonderful care, love and respect you gave to our father. A graveside celebration of Bill's life will take place later this summer at the family lot at Lower Gloucester Cemetery in New Gloucester. Those wishing may offer Memorial gifts in Bill's memory to the Maine Cancer Foundation at You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with Bill's family by visiting their on-line guestbook at


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Richard Kauffman

April 12, 2021

I knew Bill for the last 15 years of his life, working together as consulting school psychologists, first in the Lake Region school system and, then, in the Lewiston schools. He was a great friend, a knowledgeable colleague, a wise man and a gentle soul. He always spoke of his children and grandchildren with love and pride. I will miss his warmth, his smile, and his smart sense of humor.

Donald Stover

April 12, 2021

Bill was a trusted friend and colleague for nearly 50 years. We shared many coffee breaks with long discussions of work, family and state of the world. Bill faced his multiple cancer challenges with resolute and quiet courage. In the face of life threatening illness his first thoughts were always of his children and how they were being affected. Chris, Matt and Jessica were always his main concern, his chief pride and greatest joy.

Bob Laskoff

April 11, 2021

Dr. Bill was a special counselor and friend who helped me over some really rough times. I cannot express my gratitude to him in any terms that are good enough. I will miss him terribly and his special smile and chuckle.
He was a friend and advocate for so many that were disadvantaged and expected nothing in return. What a role model for those entering the counseling profession. May his memory be a blessing.

Liandra Hewins

April 11, 2021

I am here from a different perspective from friends or family, but I did always think of this good man as a friend. I was a client, oh so many years ago. A sad child from a terrible place in her life. He was someone I felt safe talking to because he was so kind and so intelligent. He helped me find my way to happier paths and I am so grateful to have known him. He helped forge lifelong changes and I've often thought of him over the years. I wish I could have thanked him one more time... Rest in peace Bill. Thank you

Sandra Rich

April 11, 2021

Jess, Matt, and all Bill's Family,

I was very sad to read of the loss of your dad. I know that he loved and enjoyed all his children (though you were his "princess," Jess). I remember that he kindly came and helped with G-NG's prom-night set in the gym -- was it "Evening in Paris"???

Some memories fade, but I hope the happiest ones stay in your hearts and minds forever.

Thinking of you,
(Madame) Rich

Cherie Perkins

April 10, 2021

I am so very saddened by the passing of my long lost friend. Bill and I grew up together on Lake Cobbossee Conte. Our families were very close and we were like brother and sister. We shared many happy memories: trick water skiing, alpine skiing, involved in Kents Hill activities and numerous neighborhood frolics. Although we lost touch over the past years, the memories bring back some of the happiest times of my life and my heart goes out to his family. Warmly, Cherie Perkins

Rej and Jackie Pare’

April 9, 2021

Sending our sincere condolences to your family. We have known Bill from tri-county days, working with the Lewiston school department, and with Rej on the golf course. He always had a great smile and enjoyed life. He will be missed.
Jackie and Rej Pare’

Ira and Gretchen Rosen

April 8, 2021

We fondly remember Bill as a friend, a professional colleague, and as a sportsman. His ability to handle the many medical challenges he faced was an example and an inspiration. His interests, knowledge, and insight were extensive. We will miss him. Ira and Gretchen

Gloria Hall

April 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, my condolences to all of you.
I worked with him for many years at the Residency Program and considered him a good friend. He was a good, kind and caring man who will be missed often. Gloria

Michael Bell

April 7, 2021

I am privileged to have known Bill for over 15 years. In my 71 years, I know of no one who was more kind and more wise, had greater personal integrity, was more accepting of the weaknesses we all carry, and a better teacher of how to strive not for perfection, but for perfecting. Bill became an invaluable mentor, helping me endlessly without judgment but with grace, intelligence, good humor, and gentle strength. I enjoyed sharing our poetry, sitting with him with his paintings and wood crafted furniture. I owe a long debt of gratitude to him, as does my family, with whom I shared his many truths and insights. More recently, our relationship was enhanced by friendship. I will miss Bill for the rest of my life, as will his children and grandchildren, about whom he spoke with such love and pride.