(James) Vaughn Anderson

February 12, 1935 – February 28, 2013

(James) Vaughn Anderson passed away with dignity and in the presence of loved ones at St. Joseph’s General Hospital on February 28th, 2013. From his modest beginnings near Arthurette, New Brunswick, Vaughn worked hard first as a Steam Engineer with Canadian Pacific Railroad and later as a water well driller. Vaughn migrated to the West Coast and finally settled in the Comox Valley in 1970. Vaughn ran several successful businesses throughout his life including Atlas Manufacturing in Merville, which produces and markets an ingenious tool that has revolutionized the water well drilling industry.

For Vaughn, life was always an adventure where there wasn’t a road that he wouldn’t drive down. He traveled extensively throughout the world for work and the pure pleasure of seeing what was out there and what was next. Vaughn’s greatest strength was his ability to dream and to share that dream with those with wisdom enough to listen.

Vaughn is predeceased by his parents James and Annie (Sullivan), sister Marion, and infant daughters Adrienne and Psyche. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Myrna (Yeomans), daughters Lynn Charlton (Terry), Brenda LaTorre (Ron), Laurel Anderson (Wes Sawatsky), Marion Anderson-Goodine (Blair), Emily Wand (Pat) , sons Kenneth (Diana), Paul (Trudy), Jody, stepdaughters Vicki McRae (Rick), and Valerie Burgoyne (Bliss), six sisters, one brother, 23 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. We would like to thank the exceptional staff and caregivers who made his last moments comfortable.  A gathering to celebrate Vaughn’s life will take place Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm, at Piercy’s Funeral Home in Courtenay, BC. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to L’Arche Comox Valley.

“As we walk so swiftly o’er the pathway of life

we meet many challenges

Some pain, some strife, and too happy moments

of laughter and mirth

Sometimes a feeling of complete rebirth

But everyone strives, be he great or small, for immortality; remembered by all.”

Love you, miss you, see you,


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