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.
Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Dec. 27, 2010.