The Vaughan family of East London, and later Port Elizabeth, were all Springbok divers - and their mother Maureen Vaughan was the Springbok diving coach.
On 29 December 2015 Trevor Vaughan died of a heart attack while paddling a surfski near Cape St Francis. Debbie Vaughan died in Cape Town on 29 January 2019.
Rhodesian and SA Diving Test teams 1978 — with Dave Parrington, Keith Holshausen, Mike Ashwin, Antonette Wilken Batchelor, Jane Figueiredo, Martin Lundie, Peter Deferrary, Barry Birkett, Debbie Vaughan, Connie Truter, Antonette Wilken, Ané Serfontein, Glenn Evans.
30 Dec 2015
PROMINENT Port Elizabeth anaesthetist, sports fanatic and family man Trevor Vaughan died of a heart attack on Monday morning following a paddling race. The former Eastern Province diver, who was also a surfer, fisherman and waterpolo player, was just 53.
He had been taking part in the Investec St Francis Series.
He died just a day before his wife Sherral-Lee’s birthday.
Shocked friends and family said his death came as a massive blow as he was a “healthy soul who lived life to the full”.
Vaughan, who had worked as an anaesthetist at both Greenacres and St George’s hospitals, went to Grey Primary School before moving on to Grey High.
His emotional brother Craig described Vaughan yesterday as somewhat of a “Duracell bunny” – the type of man who was a great father, a competitive athlete and someone who lived his life to the full.
Vaughan and his family had been holidaying in St Francis with Craig and his family when tragedy struck.
“Just the week before, we had been surfing, fishing and having a purely wonderful time. We were living the dream. My boet always lived life to the fullest,” Craig said .
He said Vaughan could “mix it up with anyone”.
“He treated everyone, regardless of who they were, the same.”
Asked how his sister-in-law and nieces Kelsey, 18, Ashleigh, 16, and Jade, 14, were doing, Craig took a deep breath before bursting into tears.
Saying they were traumatised, he added that his nieces were “such strong little girls”. “They will be fine.” Vaughan’s daughters, who attend Pearson High – with Kelsey matricu- lating this year – shared his love of watersports. All three played waterpolo at national and provincial level.
Craig said funeral arrangements were still being made, with the plan being to hold the service on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.
“My heart has been pulled out of my chest. It’s all so sudden,” he said.
Close family friend and fellow athlete Alec Riddle said his family was stunned and in mourning over the loss “of this amazing man”.
He said Vaughan was “a special husband to Shez and father to three amazing girls”.
He said Vaughan had been a father figure to his, Riddle’s, children.
“[He] was so passionate about life, his girls and their friends.
“Trevor had so much patience in helping the young ones to learn how to surf, fish and play waterpolo,” he said.
He said Vaughan had been a well-respected professional and known in sporting circles as he had played in the masters waterpolo league, was a member of the Kings Beach Lifesaving Club and an avid fisherman. Yesterday morning, a group of paddlers took to the water in honour of Vaughan.
Anton Erasmus, who was part of the group, said about seven paddlers had met and paddled from Hobie Beach past Flat Rock to Boilers in a tribute to their friend.
“I’ve known Trevor for years. He was an amazing guy. The paddle was spontaneous and about seven of us took roses out and I said a few words,” he said.
Today, a memorial service will be held at the small boat harbour in St Francis starting at 4.30pm.
The NSRI’s Craig Lambinon said two cardiologists‚ who were also in the paddle race‚ had begun cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts when Vaughan collapsed. Paramedics later assisted, but he died on the scene.
Debbie Vauhgan with South African diving champion Robert Costa
With Deon Basson in 2013