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J. Randolph Vaughan PORTSMOUTH - Jerald Randolph "Randy" Vaughan died peacefully Dec. 23, 2010 at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center surrounded by his family and with prayers from dear friends. Born Jan. 20, 1947 and raised in Portsmouth, he was a 1965 graduate of Wilson High School. He was drum major of the Marching Presidents and enjoyed playing sax with "The Stingrays." Randy graduated in 1969 from The University of Miami where he earned a degree in engineering. He was a UM cheerleader (Go Canes!) and a lifelong member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. After teaching at Norfolk Academy, Randy pursued his real dream of mixing his love of music with his desire to create better sound and communications systems. In 1970, he was founder of Ambassador Enterprises (AE Systems). His continuing search for education excellence and love of his work placed Randy and his company in the forefront of the communications industry for 40 years. He was a founding member of the National Systems Contractors Association and served many positions for NSCA from board member to president. Randy helped establish its Education Committee and was chosen Educator of the Year in 2007. He was recently serving as chairman of the Board of the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association Randy loved his hometown and was an enthusiastic supporter as a member of the Portsmouth Partnership and the Bons Secours Maryview Foundation Board of Directors. Cruising the waterways of the east coast, especially the Chesapeake Bay, was Randy's passion. He loved having family and friends together on "Sunshine Tyger." He served as chairman of Rendezvous Mile Marker Zero, as well as founding member and past commodore of Hampton Roads Yacht Club. Randy admitted he worked hard so that he could enjoy good food, good drink, good friends and go cruising - and "just have fun!" He was an Eagle Scout. Randy was predeceased by his parents, Willie Randolph Vaughan and Mary Evelyn Sweet Vaughan. He is survived by his lifelong sweetheart, his loving wife, Mary Parker Vaughan; and two children, Jennifer Vaughan Garcell and husband Joseph of Portsmouth and Tyler Randolph Vaughan and wife Megan of New York City. "Grandy" loved his beautiful granddaughter, Kylie Ann Marie Garcell. He was so happy to have her in his heart. Randy was also survived by his brother, Richard Thomas Vaughan and partner Walter Sherman of Indianapolis, Ind. Left behind also is stepmother, Betty Kemp Vaughan of Griffin, Ga; stepsisters, Karen Darmody and husband Kevin of Charlotte, N.C., and Julie Cooper and husband David of Burgettstown, Pa. He also leaves behind dear friends, Fran and Al Taylor Jr.; wonderful nieces and nephews, loyal fraternity brothers, boating buddies, great colleagues and former employees, many others for which we are truly grateful and his best furry red friend, golden retriever, Sophie Bubbles. The family would like to thank the caring doctors, nurses and staff at Maryview's CVT ICU and our friend and doctor, Kevin Wilson. A memorial service and celebration of Randy's life and new adventure will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 officiated by the Rev. Dr. Richard J. Goeres. The family will receive visitors immediately after the service at church. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to one of the following: Bon Secours Maryview Foundation, 3636 High St., Portsmouth , VA 23707; The Elizabeth River Project, Admirals Landing, 475 Water St., Suite 103 - A, Portsmouth , VA 23704; First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517; or the education programs at CEDIA or NSCA. Foster Funeral Home, Portsmouth, is assisting the family.


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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Dec. 27, 2010.
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November 23, 2011
I am so sorry that I have just heard of Randy's passing. It could not have been a greater shock. He was your yin to your yang for so many years. I can only imagine that he is still with you in spirit. Please accept my deepest sympathies, though belated.
Stevie Dillon Weimer
January 11, 2011
Dear family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one, as my Jacque passed on 11/13/10 - at the young age of 35.

both Jacque and I were touched by Randy's life and passion to teach. We learned a lot from him at the times we were at the NSCA events and wanted to express my gratitude.
Stefan Svard
January 8, 2011
Mary and Kids,
I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked in hearing of Randy's passing.
I always respected Randy's dedication to Education and the growth of our industry.
I will always be dedicated to him for his constant support of education in the industry that he loved so much.
He was truly a pioneer and will be missed by many.
Thanks for knowledge that he shared with me and so many others.
My prayers go out to the family.
Jim Hogan
Jim Hogan
January 6, 2011
Starlight and classy video at the Max !
Bob Boone
January 6, 2011
Dave, is this Kearny, or 40 Theives ??
Bob Boone
January 6, 2011
Randy's Innovative Design: O'Brienstein's, Richmond
Bob Boone
January 6, 2011
Closer view of the "crew", Oct. 1975
Bob Boone
January 6, 2011
Sound System Project, Oct. 1975
Bob Boone
January 6, 2011
Mary, Jenny and Tyler,

What a shock to hear of Randy’s passing. Ruthie and I send our deepest sympathy. I heard just Wednesday night; ironically, when I mentioned his name to a colleague, as we brainstormed a new project. The friend never knew Randy directly, but remembered recently hearing his name, and of his passing, from another friend in Smithfield. There are never the right words to express how deeply sad we are that you have to endure this loss.

Thirty-plus years have passed since I left the nest, and I still identify Randy, and Ambassador, to others, as the top example of local technology innovation; that while he obviously developed a national, if not global professional reputation, my best memories are of the group of “local” geeks and musicians that he shepherded, err. . . maybe herded (like cats), into doing great things, wherever they went.

He pushed all of us to learn more; provided training and travel (work) experiences that helped enlarged a small-town perspective. He enabled growth, personal and professional. Although distance and time took us in different directions through life, I never drove past the High Street office, or over the Churchland Bridge, with out wondering what you and Randy might be doing . . . this week.

May your memories, and the fond memorials of others, bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Bob and Ruth Boone
January 5, 2011
Mary, Jenny, and Ty,
You and Randy are in so many of my thoughts of Portsmouth, Wilson High, Harry Hunt Jr. High. He was such a good sport to put up with all of your "girl friends" over the years. I think of all of our dinners at your house, trick or treating with Jenny and Jessie, times on your boat. I cannot believe that he is gone. It makes us all so sad.
I will be thinking of you two and of your whole family as you grieve his loss.
Love, Susan
Susan Enos
January 2, 2011
Dear Mary,

I was so sorry to hear about Randy.

Diane and Dee Jones said that they had seen you and we were planning on trying to get in touch when we were in Va, this spring.

I took my wonderful husband of 27 years to where we grew up in West Park View not too long ago. Where have all the years gone.

Your and Randy had many good years together and my prayers and thoughts are will you.

Love to your family,

Diane Dickinson McDonald
January 2, 2011
Morris & Frances Glover
December 31, 2010
Mary and family,
We were very sorry to learn of Randy's passing. It's been a long time since our band times at Wilson H.S, but we have fond memories of our old friend.
Carroll & Brenda Shepherd
December 31, 2010
Although it has been many years I still remember Randy as one of the most gifted people I had ever known. I care and send my prayers to Mary and the rest of the family.
Larry Short
December 29, 2010
Dearest Mary,Jenny and Ty,
Words cannot express our shock and grief at the loss of Randy. He has been such a part of our lives and we will miss him dearly. He was my favorite martini buddy and always so truly happy to see me and share a hug. Please know you are all in our thoughts
and prayers at this time.
All our love,
Tish and Mark Papson
tish papson
December 29, 2010
Mary and family,
Although we never meant Randy he touched our lives in so many ways. He was a great mentor to our son Chris, and truly a wonderful person to work for. He always treated his employees with the utmost respect, and put family first for all of his employees. He was a true example of what "great bosses" are. We know he changed our son's life forever and for the better and for that we are truly grateful. Our sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family.
The Redhead Family
Patty and Dave Redhead
December 28, 2010
Mary, Jenny, Ty - We will miss him. What can we say other than our goal in forming the yacht club over 20 years ago was "Just to Have Fun" and we all did that well. Troy and I will always remember our times in our Portsmouth Home forming the yacht club and the Vaughan's being our life long friends. You will have a light in our hearts for many years to come. Mary, Jenny, and Tyler - we are thinking of you all at this time. Carol & Troy Swindell, West Point, Virginia
Carol & Troy Swindell
December 28, 2010
Mary, Ty and Jenny - We will remember Randy for the bold move to be one of the original 8 of us who started Hampton Roads Yacht Club in our home in Portsmouth. Randy & Mary we had met days before at a local marina showed up for the meeting to form a Yacht Club. Randy has been a life-long friend for over 25 years. Although we moved out of the area, we can always depend on Randy and the family as life-long friends even though Randy suggested we be "life time members of HRYC" we have fond memories of a wonderful family and Randy being the one who kept all of us together with his warm thoughts, good food, drink, and family time for "fun". We will miss you Randy and light this candle for the warm place in our heart you will always have. Carol and Troy Swindell, West Point, Virginia.
Carol & Troy Swindell
December 28, 2010
Carol & Troy Swindell
December 28, 2010
im, I am so saddened that we cannot be there Thursday, you and Randy were so supportive when Kristopher passed in May. I love you and Daddy, Wayne and I are thinking of you so much.
Love you,
Suzanne (Logansport, IN)
Suzanne Fisher
December 28, 2010
It is a loss, I really enjoyed working for him. He was a great guy. I wish to pass my condolences to Mary & Jennifer. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike Patterson
December 28, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about Randy. He was always a pleasure to be around, whether personally or professionally at AE and at industry functions. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Nikki Wood Carter
December 28, 2010
Most heartfelt sympathies to you, Mary and family at this time. Randy was a true giant in many walks -- anything he set his mind and attention to. I'll always treasure his leadership and vision. He taught me so much in the short few years that we worked together...I'll forever be indebted to him. May all of our lives be as full of zest and enthusiasm as Randy's was, and may we in turn enrich the experience of others through that fullness.
Lee Townsend
December 28, 2010
Mary, you know how much you and Randy have meant to Sharon and me. Ambassador has been my home for over 30years. Even through Steve and I always called you Mom you know it was because we love you. I know that not one day will ever go by that I won't think about both of you . Love you always. Dave and Sharon Coats
Dave Coats
December 28, 2010
I was so deeply shocked and saddened to learn of Randy's passing. I was looking forward to his leadership of CEDIA and fondly remember the nearly 25 years we worked together at NSCA and later at CEDIA. Randy was a great teacher, a true leader and without doubt one of the nicest most straightforward people ever to grace our industry. There aren't many who fit into that catagory and to lose even one is a great loss for us all. My deepest condolences to all the family and to our industry- we have lost one of the real bright lights within our heavens.
Frederick Ampel
December 28, 2010
Mary, Jenny, Tyler and Family,

Randy always wore a smile on his face and he never left home without it! No matter where he was - that smile of his lit up a room and made everyone around him feel special! We are so blessed to have known Randy and will truly miss him!

Our deepest sympathy,
Rich & Sue Sullivan
HRYC
Rich & Sue Sullivan
December 28, 2010
Mary,
Although You and I have never met, Randy I had been friends since 1979. I never met with him without comming away with more knowlege than I had before the meeting. We had just begun to rekindle our friendship over the past year. He will be missed by a lot of folks from coast to coast.
May God be with you and your family during these difficult times.
Kevin Thompson
December 28, 2010
Mary,
My condolences to you and the family. I was shocked when I heard the news. Randy was instrumental in my success in this business and I will always be thankful.
Mike Trimble
December 28, 2010
Randy and I were colleagues for many years. I learned much from him. We were always friends first. Deepest sympathy to you Mary, and the family.

Best to you,
Lou Farthing
Virginia Beach
Lou Farthing
December 28, 2010
Mary and family,
Mark and I were terribly saddened to hear of Randy's sudden passing. We are praying for you and your family to find strength to cope during this difficult time.
Kim and Mark Aston
December 27, 2010
Mary -
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Randy. I have great memories of him from our summer class in marine biology taught by A.C. Hinton. There were only seven of us in the class so A.C cut us some slack by letting us wear Bermuda shorts in the class - not just on the field trips.
One day Dr. Allen walked in and Randy kept moving around the lab tables to keep his bare legs out of Dr. Allen's view. It was a great summer.

Geoff Tennille
Geoffrey Tennille
December 27, 2010
Mary and Family -

I was shocked and so saddened to hear of Randy's passing. I will forever hold great memories of Randy's leadership, mentorship, and guidance as he led the Education Committee at NSCA during my years there. You have an amazing family, and I feel so blessed to have met you all through Randy. Sending prayers to all of you and thanks for sharing an incredible man with all of us! ~ Katie Chism, Former Director of Education - NSCA
Katie Chism
December 27, 2010
Randy was a special son to me. He never made me feel like a stepmom but always addressed me as "Mom" and made me feel so special and was willing to help me in anyway he could. I will always remember and cherish the times I have spent with the whole family. My only regret is that I didn't get to spend more time with all of you. You will always be a part of my heart and never forgotten. I love you,Mary, Jenny, Ty and Kylie. Grandma Betty
Betty Vaughan
December 27, 2010
Our families go back to... Jamestown?
Randy's passing comes as a real shock. We grew up together, our parents were the best of friends, I worked many years for him at AE Systems. My thoughts are with Mary, Jenny, and Tyler.
Wade Mathias
December 27, 2010
You will forever be ~ Randy and Mary in my heart and mind.
My sincerest Sympathy ~
Tommy & Woodie Morgan
Woodie Morgan
December 27, 2010
I served with Randy on the CEDIA Board and found him to be one of the most sincere and genuine person I've ever met. We will miss him! Our condolences and prayers are for the whole family.
Andrew Ard
December 27, 2010
May the love of friends & family help you through this time of grief. Randy was loved by many. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers.
Bev Perrine
December 27, 2010
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Randy's passing. I have many fond memories of my time at AE. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Pam and Bob Getty
Pam Getty
December 27, 2010
CEDIA and the entire industry is going to miss one of truly good guys. I wish the best to the family during this time. I will miss Randy, but I will remember the good times, the great dinners, and the laughs we shared. I just saw him Scottsdale...it's hard to believe.
Jeff Zemanek
December 27, 2010
So very sorry to hear about Randys passing. I have so many fond memories of Randy and I as sax players in the Stingrays. I always know he would be a successful person and live life to the fullest. My very best and condolences to the Vaughan family. Tom Pittman Boston Ma.
December 27, 2010
Mary, I am so sorry to hear about Randy. I remember with a smile in my heart and on my face the wonderful times I shared with you. You both gave such special meaning to my sorority experience. You and your families are in my prayers.
Debbie Alberti
December 27, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Kathy and Tony Holmes
December 27, 2010
Mary-
I am very sorry to hear that Randy passed. Both you and he were very helpful during my time in Portsmouth. I can remember some very insightful conversations the two of us shared. I'll never forget the fishing trip! I learned a lot from Randy and those lessons continue to help me today.

-Mellow Honek
Mellow Honek
December 27, 2010
Dear Mary,

I'm so very, very sorry to hear about Randy. There is no time of year when a loved one's passing is anything but difficult for those left behind, but at this time of year, it must be an especially hard blow to the heart.

Please be sure to take the best care of your own health, too.

Both you and Randy are frozen in my mind's eye exactly as you were in our days together in Mr. Laguta's orchestra class at WWHS.

With love to you and your family,

Helen (Bradshaw) Moss
Helen Moss
December 27, 2010
Jenny and Dad
December 27, 2010
WANT TO SEND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OUT TO THE VAUGHAN FAMILY - BEING A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF RANDY'S- HI HAVE MANY GOOD MEMORIES OF MY TIME EMPLOYED AT HIS COMPANY AE AND WISH I HAD STAYED IN TOUCH - WAS VERY SAD TO HEAR THIS NEWS- AND WILL REMEMBER HIM IN MY PRAYERS- HE WAS A GOOD PERSON
LORI BURCHETTE
December 27, 2010
Randy presenting me with 10yr service plaque
Glenn Stiles
December 27, 2010
Troy Arthur gets a BIG Pucker Up!!
December 27, 2010
Randy meant allot to me, he was a great person to be around and always was just a stand up guy. We always had great times at his summer and Christmas parties for AE Systems, Randy and Mary just always made you feel welcome weather it was at work or at their home. It won't be the same with out him at the office always running in and out, going places, doing things, working on so many projects.... a very busy man and a very very hard working respectable guy but always had the time to lend an ear. We will miss him very much and our hearts and prayers go out to his family.

Love,
Chris & Amanda Redhead
Chris Redhead
December 27, 2010
Oh my dear Randy, you will be so missed by your friends and colleagues in the audio world and particularly here at Community. All our condolences to your family,
Bruce and Christine Howze
Christine Howze
December 27, 2010
Mary, I am so sorry to hear about randy but know that he is in a good place. I will always remember randy on the boat with a big smile on his face. My times around you and randy were fun times when our kids were young and running wild on the docks at what ever marina we were visiting. Hold on to all those memories and know that they will help you through this sad time. Fondly, theresa williams
theresa williams
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