K. R. Vaughan LYON

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LYON, K. R. Vaughan
November 26, 1930 – January 24, 2015
We mourn the passing of Vaughan Lyon. He lived a big life. Nonie, his wife of 62 years, was the love of his life. In addition to Nonie, Vaughan leaves behind six children, Doug (Carol Ann), Geoff (Catherine), Karen (David From), Mary Lou (Daryl Fitzgerald), Jack, and Scott (Elisa); and ten grandchildren, Leigh, Danielle, Jonathan, Jennifer, Matteo, Luca, Nonie Mae, Emma Lee, Yvonne and Aiden. To us, his children and grandchildren, he wrote, "Our love and pride knows no bounds. The thought of missing your life journeys brings tears to my eyes. Do good and be happy, children." We treasure his warm and self-deprecating sense of humour and the unfailing grace and courage with which he confronted challenges. Our beloved dad possessed the capacity to make each of us feel special and celebrated. He encouraged us to fulfill our dreams and flourish. We will try to honour him by doing so.
Vaughan was involved in campus politics as a student at UBC and was president of the student body (AMS). He was awarded the Mackenzie King Travelling Fellowship to study at the London School of Economics. Following university, while working in industrial relations at Pacific Press for 10 years, he was engaged in political campaigns both provincially and federally and was elected to the Vancouver School Board for a term. He served on the board of the John Howard Society and was instrumental in the formation of the Memorial Society of B.C. In his mid-thirties, Vaughan returned to UBC and obtained a PhD in political science. He subsequently taught Political Studies at Trent University in Ontario for nearly 30 years.
Promoting transformational democratic reform was the central focus of his life's work. He was convinced we needed new institutions permitting direct citizen involvement in the political process. In his book, Powershift, published in 2012, he articulates a model involving locally-elected assemblies in each constituency for achieving this (see www.democracynow.ca). Beyond the political realm, he had interests such as beekeeping, sheep farming, wine-making, gardening, and house renovation. He thought that life offered so much at so many levels.
Dad, your passing leaves a void in our lives, but we will be okay. We see your goodness and kindness in our own children, undoubtedly one of your most beautiful legacies. Your smile will live on in the hearts of all who knew you. Farewell with Love.
There will be no formal service at Vaughan's request. Instead, we plan a gathering of family and friends August 5, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to one of the causes dear to Vaughan's heart, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the B.C. Cancer Agency, or a charity of your choice.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Feb. 7, 2015
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