Vaughan Killam

Vaughan Leon Killam

Sunday, February 1st, 1976 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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KILLAM, Vaughan Leon

Passed away at Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the age of 43. Cherished son of Jocelyn and Leon Killam. Loving brother of Shelly Killam. Proud uncle of Ethan and Mason Bredemeyer. Dear nephew of Marion (late Ishmael), Carole (Gary), George (Kathy), Margaret (Roger) and Sheila (Bill), Patricia, Martin (Joanie) and Nila (Ray).

Vaughan was interested in aviation from a very young age. After completing the Aviation course at Canadore College he was thrilled to be hired by Air Canada. Vaughan was in his 20th year as a (AME) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer at Toronto Pearson International Airport. This fit well with his love to travel . Vaughan travelled to many places including Denmark, Hawaii, Mexico, Spain, England and many other points in Europe. His all time favourite was Hawaii. He has now bid us an earthly " Aloha " and is now resting in a greater tranquil place, than his favourite " Big Island " paradise . It was always a pleasure to share time with Vaughan on his days off work or while on vacation. He loved his family dearly and family took first place in his heart.Vaughan had a love of cooking that involved experiencing, experimenting with , and improving on new culinary creations. His passion for sports and especially baseball made him a dedicated fan and seasons ticket holder for the Blue Jays.

Visitation at SMITH'S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stop light north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 6-9pm. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 10:30am. Reception to follow. For those who wish, donations in memory of Vaughan to Word & Deed, Jays Kids or Ontario Children's Ministry would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    1167 Guelph Line
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  • Service

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 10:30am
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    1167 Guelph Line
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  • Interment

    Garden Lane Cemetery
    198 Concession 7 E
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    Burial to follow the Reception.
  • Reception

    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    1167 Guelph Line
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email



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Private Condolence

Ben Lander

Posted at 11:23am
My sincere condolences to the Killam family.

My two older brothers (Rich and Phil) and I lived two doors from the Killam family on Boulding Ave. in Waterdown during part of our childhood. I'll never forget that red driveway. We have very fond memories of the countless hours of ball hockey we played with Vaughan. Also, I remember him proudly showing us his Pearl drum set in his basement.

On the evening on Friday October 4th my brother Phil and I were watching the Leafs game and talking about NHL team captains and we got onto Wayne Gretzky. He said "I'll never forget our old neighbor Vaughan coming outside to tell us that Gretzky had been traded". I replied saying I wonder what Vaughan is doing now. Phil said "his name is unique enough I bet we could find something". So we did a search and were shocked to see an obituary notice. We were even more shocked to learn that his funeral had taken place just hours earlier that morning.

Vaughan you hold a special spot in the childhood memories of my brothers and I.


Ben Lander.


Ian Clarke

Posted at 04:09pm
Mr & Mrs Killam and Family,

My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your son, your brother, your cousin Vaughan. It is so unfair.

I work for Air Canada and I must tell you how a lot of us had the good fortune to work with Vaughan. We will never forget his warmth, his energy, his steadfastness and strength of character. Vaughan did so much for us all. If it wasn't raising money for charities, he was organizing crew Christmas parties and raffles. And there was always the frequent pizza nights to look forward to.

Vaughan gave a lot to others. He really cared. He even had time to coach me how to get through my cancer. He encouraged me with such positive help and suggestions. He took a lot of the fear and uncertainty off my shoulders. And all that time, he faced his own illness head on.

Your Vaughan is an inspiration to us all. We will always remember him. I know he'll be surrounded by love now and look forward to the day we can be with him again.

Heather Belanger

Posted at 04:02pm
Deepest condolences to my dear friend Jocelyn. No mother loved her son more and did everything humanly possible to make all his days memorable. May God comfort your entire family during this extremely difficult time. Blessings Love Heather Belanger

Daniel Sexton

Posted at 11:56am
My Friend Vaughan,

We never met in person but you made an impression on my life. We talked about everything from sports to life. You were always so positive and hopeful for life. We made plans to go to hockey games in new york and for me to come there. I will always think about you when my islanders are playing your leafs also when my Yankees play your Blue Jays. I will miss our conversations. God bless you my friend

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