Vaughan was reportedly working for a family business, Canobie Seafoods, a wholesale seafood distributor in Salem, N.H., according to his longtime friend, Richard Deshaies.
Deshaies and Vaughan, one of eight siblings who grew up in North Andover and graduated of Central Catholic High School, met as teenagers when they both worked summer jobs at Shyer’s Lobster Pound in Salem, N.H., Deshaies said.
The two eventually became business partners, operating their own lobster business, Atlantic Fresh Lobster Co. based in North Andover, for a couple years. Deshaies said while they long since closed the company, they have stayed in touch.
“He was really a nice guy ... one of those people, you hear this all the time, but the guy who would give you the shirt off his back,” Deshaies said. “If I ever needed something, he’d probably be the first guy I called.”
A neighbor yesterday called Vaughan “the best father and a wonderful neighbor.” She said when Vaughan and his wife, Kristen, moved into Lavender Hill Lane almost nine years ago, they were expecting their first child.
The couple now have three children — two boys who attend local schools and a pre-school daughter.
Vaughan’s work schedule allowed him to be home to greet his two boys off the school bus, his neighbor said.
“He was just a wonderful family man,” she said. “He was always out playing with his kids. Because of his work hours, he had more connection to his kids than most fathers do.”
Recently, the couple sold their Lavender Hill Road home, according to a real estate transfer in this week’s Andover Townsman. But they didn’t move far, opting to rent a larger house right across the street.
The neighbor, who spoke with Kristen Vaughan, said she was in shock. “She said, `I can’t believe this is really happening to me and my kids,’” the neighbor said.