Posted by Craig Buhrendorf
Vaughn Young was born and raised in Williamston, Michigan, a small town near Lansing and the “Heart of Industrial Michigan.” He graduated from Michigan State University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Math. During his college years Vaughn played the piano with a five-piece jazz group. After graduation he accepted a job with Allen-Bradley, an industrial control manufacturer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following a two year training program, he was assigned to the Boston office as a sales representative. While living in the town of Lynnfield, north of Boston, Vaughn was active in Republican town politics and served as chairman of the town’s planning board for several years.

In 1974 Vaughn went to work for Hartford Electric Supply Company as Vice President of Sales, and then as president of Hartford Systems Corporation (a subsidiary of HESCO), a design and builder of electrical and electronic control systems. Vaughn retired from HESCO in 1993. In 1994 he joined Phil Worley, when he opened Worley ACE Hardware. He continued to work there when it became Larsen ACE Hardware until retiring for a second time in 2014.

Vaughn has been married to Sue, his college sweetheart for sixty-one years! Vaughn and Sue live in Canton and have two children and three grandchildren - Johanna who teaches the third grade at Cherry Brook Elementary, her husband Bruce Ferrone and two children (Andrew and Charlotte) live in Canton and David, his wife Lynn, and their son Jack live in Torrington. Vaughn is a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Avon and sang in the church choir for many years.

In 2010 Phil Worley, longtime friend and neighbor, introduced Vaughn to Rotary. Unfortunately, due to health issues, Vaughn has recently been unable to attend many meetings or activities. He now follows the worthwhile projects and activities of the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton through emails.