Town council renames bursary in Vaughan’s honour

Ashley Thompson
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Mayor Paul Beazley flips through Dr. Garth Vaughan’s national bestseller, The Puck Starts Here, with Grade 10 Avon View High School student Natalie Frison. Frison participated in the interview between the Hants Journal and Beazley as part of a job shadowing assignment. 

It’s hard to imagine one man can be remembered as a gifted surgeon, skilled painter, accomplished author, respected historian and talented musician.

But, Mayor Paul Beazley says, Dr. Garth Vaughan was all that — and more.

Vaughan, who passed away at the age of 84 in November 2012, is credited with putting Windsor on the map as the Birthplace of Hockey by penning the national bestseller, The Puck Starts Here. He’s trumpeted as one of the key players in the construction of the Hants Community Hospital and he’s hailed as the driving force behind the founding of the Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre.

That’s why the annual $500 bursary the Town of Windsor awardsonelocal high school graduate pursuing post-secondary studies was recently renamed the Dr. Garth Vaughan Memorial Bursary.

“I can’t think of anybody that was any more of a leader in promoting the heritage of Windsor than Dr. Vaughan,” said Beazley, explaining council’s decision to rename the bursary in Vaughan’s honour.

Beazley, who grew up with Vaughan’s children, remembers him as a soft-spoken man who tenaciously pursued his passions.

“When he needed to get something done, there was no one better to get it done.”

On top of writing, researching, creating award-winning paintings, illustrating books, and volunteering within his community, Vaughan’s obituary said he also enjoyed playing the fiddle, accordion, piano, harmonica and bugle.

Beazley says some community members may recall the days Vaughan performed with the Newfie Bullet band. Others, like Beazley, might remember how kids growing up on and around Albert Street knew it was time to head home for the night.

“When it was time to come in at night his first wife would ring a bell, and everybody in the community knew that that was time for the Vaughans to go in… and it was about the time for the rest of us to go in, too.”

Vaughan, a father of five, relocated to Cape Breton in 2006, but continued to research his hometown’s history. He suffered a stroke in 2010, and endured heart surgery in 2012, his obituary said.

Without question, Beazley says Vaughan remains a cultural icon in Windsor, whose past contributions in his hometown — as a historian, medical doctor, artist and philanthropist — will continue to be celebrated long into the future.

“He was a great contributor to this community for many decades.”


Organizations: Town council, Hants Community Hospital, Windsor Hockey Heritage Centre The Puck Starts Here

Geographic location: Windsor, Albert Street, Cape Breton Long Pond Birthplace of Hockey

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