Scott Matthew Vaughan - Online Memorial Website

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Scott Vaughan
Born in Texas
33 years
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Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.Mahatma Gandhi

This memorial website was created to remember our dearest Scott Matthew Vaughan who was born in Abilene, TX on February 2, 1973 and passed away in Hagerstown, MD on February 7, 2006 at the age of 33. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.
There are so many that loved Scott and continue to love him to this day.  His passing was entirely too soon and has left many questions. 

Scott is forever loved, missed, and survived by his wife Erin and stepson Matthew, mother Beverly Vaughan, father Earl Vaughan,  three brothers Jeff, Mark, and Vic, two sisters-in-law Shonna and Catalina, two nieces, five nephews and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Scott held strong beliefs in fighting stigma, prejudice, and hate.  He was an active member of Amnesty International and believed in the humane treatment and basic needs for every human, regardless of stature or circumstance.  He loved people equally and fought for those who had no voice.

Although we still wonder what happened and are left with questions of "why", there is no doubt as to the deep love we had for Scott.  He had a smile that could melt your heart, eyes that you could stare into for hours, a mind that was as fascinating as it was beautiful.  Scott truly was one of a kind.  There never has, nor will there ever be, a man with Scott's passion, beliefs, strength, and conviction. 

Scott brought life into the hearts of people that were lucky enough to be loved by him.  He did not judge, he knew forgiveness, he knew loyalty, he knew how to love.

Scott, we will always miss you. We will always feel an empty spot that only you could fill.  We will always love you. We will always remember the warmth that you brought to our lives.

But we will also know that you wouldn't want us to grieve any longer. You wouldn't want us to shed another tear for a lost life that touched our hearts and souls.  You wouldn't want us to feel guilt or sorrow or heartbreak or regret.  You wouldn't want us to allow our lives to become overwhelmed by the loss of you. You would want us to remember the love and laughter we shared with you in this life, and release ourselves from this grief. 

And so, for you, we will smile again.  We will find joy in our memories of you. We will be thankful that you were a part of our lives.  We will remember that you worked hard to fight injustice and we will continue that fight by thinking twice when we meet someone new or pass a homeless man or woman on the street.  We will allow ourselves to release our guilt.  Rather than grieve your death, we will celebrate your life and the time we had with you.  And even though we sometimes question this oucome and the plan He has for you, we will thank God every day for bringing you into our lives here on earth. 

Until we meet again...

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