Vaughn G. Aylward
March 11, 1929 – April 9, 2019
Vaughn G. Aylward was born in Tarrytown, NY on March 11, 1929. He is the son of Joseph & Jessie Alyward. As a child, Vaughn lived in Tarrytown and later moved to White Plains where he was drafted into the US Army at age 19. He deployed to Germany and served two years overseas. Upon his return stateside, he served an additional six years in the Army Reserves. He married Jean Marie Aylward and had two sons, Roger (Brookfield, CT) and Rory (Astoria, NY). He was predeceased by his second wife, Geraldine Benson in 2009. He married the love of his life, Tressa Aylward on May 2, 2012. Vaughn is survived by: Tressa Aylward (wife), Roger & Rory Aylward (sons), Barbara & Danielle Benson (step children, NY), Angela, Randi and Joseph (step children, IN). He has 8 grandchildren: Jewleena, Justiam, Milina, Isaiah, Mara, Alex, Jonathan, and Colton.
Vaughn was a lifetime member of the American Legion, a 45 year member of Alcoholics Anonymous, New York Central Historical Society, New York Central Railroad Club, NRA, Sun City Railroad Club, and the Internet Railroad Club. He was passionate about his love of trains and proudly displayed his Ferroequinologist sticker on his truck (also known as a Train Chaser). He spent much of his life in activities related to his love of trains. He traveled cross country to see and photograph trains, documented the history of the railroad companies, and had a personal train layout in his own home.
Vaughn had a passion for driving. In the Army, it was a tanker truck. Throughout his career, he drove dump trucks, buses, and even a taxi cab in New York City. He also worked as a United States Postal Supervisor. In 1995, upon his move to Arizona, he worked Security at the Peoria Courthouse. Vaughn's final retirement was in 2002.
Vaughn was loved and respected by family, extended family, and everyone he came into contact with. He was a kind and generous soul, freely sharing wisdom, strength, and hope throughout his lifetime. He never thought of himself, rather, he spent time in service to others, sharing his time and talents without any reservation. Vaughn dedicated his life to Christ and remained in His service until the end of his life.
Vaughn passed in hospice care on April 9, 2019. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on April 20th at 4:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 62, 9847 W Desert Cove, Peoria, AZ 85345. Potluck meal to follow provided by the American Legion, Early Bird Lions Club, family and friends.
A second service will be held in Vaughn's honor in July 2019 and he will be interred at a family cemetery in Bedford, Indiana.
- Memorial Service Saturday, April 20, 2019
Vaughn G. Aylward
April 16, 2019
Rest In Peace, Vaughn. You will be missed.
April 14, 2019
Vaughn is my brother. Forget the in-law! Vaughn was the sweetest, kindest soul. I am so happy he was part of our huge family. Which I am sure he didn't know what to think about us at first. He fit right in and we all loved him. I am so happy Tressa got to have a good life (although short) with him. They built more memories in the few short years than some do in a lifetime. All my love and I will see you again one day. Rest in Peace. Love, your sister from Indiana . Donna and Bob
April 13, 2019
Vaughn is my beloved brother in law who has been such an inspiration to me...When Vaughn met my sister, I can honestly say I was a bit overwhelmed. Vaughn learned what I liked, collected, or sold...and he immediately began his quest for things to bring me...From that day on, Vaughn would show up for a meal or a visit and before his visit was done, he was bringing me something that he knew i would love...At first, I thought Vaughn wanted to win me over as I was my sister's only sibling in the area...and he had won her heart already. Over time, I learned...that this generous spirit and attention to details in the lives of those he loves....gave him an opportunity to truly serve others without expectation or obligation...just genuine LOVE.. I love Vaughn not for teaching me to be selfless, to love without reservation, and to live each day in service to others...I hope I will be found worthy to join hands with Vaughn when we meet in the sweet by and by..I love you Vaughn and thank you for the JOY you have brought not only to my sister but to our whole family...I will never ever forget you.....Love you ...my brother, my friend...always..Lana
April 12, 2019
Vaughn has been my rock. I love him beyond measure. Thank you sweetheart for being so kind and loving and generous. Always putting others before yourself. Your wittyness won me over from the day I met you. You always made me laugh. I have enjoyed our nine years together and can't believe you aren't here with me now. I know you are always in my heart and I have already found myself asking for your opinion. Thank you for helping me get through the past five months. Your love will forever live in my heart. Peace my love. Until we meet again. Save me a seat in heaven I'll be there with you soon. Your loving wife Tressa