Vaughn Troy Aiken


Vaughn Troy Aiken, 46, died Monday, September 3, 2018 surrounded by family and friends after a year-long illness with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Vaughn was born on Sunday, May 21, 1972 at 9:30 am in Brooklyn, New York to Annette Vaughn Aiken and his late father, Henry Eugene Aiken.  When he was two years old, the family moved to the Bronx, New York. Vaughn attended school in the Bronx until he enrolled at City College in Manhattan, New York where he graduated in 2003. 

Vaughn began his federal government service at a young age working as a Clerk for the US Attorney’s office before being hired by the U.S. Marshals Service in 1996 as a Support Specialist in the Southern District of New York.  During his 22 distinguished years at the U.S. Marshals Service, Vaughn was promoted six (6) times working as a Support Specialist and Property Management Specialist eventually transferring to the Headquarters in Virginia for the last 12 years of his career.  His last position was the Property Officer for the Information Technology Division until his retirement in June of 2018 due to his illness. Vaughn loved working in the Property Management field and consistently excelled at his job. His many achievements and accolades included several employee achievement awards and the 2016 Director’s Distinguished Group Award for the implementation of a new property management system at the U.S. Marshals Service.

Vaughn was full of life and was often found telling jokes to make people laugh. He was a lover of many things, Marvel movies, Batman – yes the actual Batman character, taking selfies of anyone and everyone who crossed his path, and especially marital arts. His passion for martial arts started at a young age when his Mom enrolled him in classes. He developed his skills over the years and opened up his own martial arts school in his garage 5 years ago teaching others about Jiu Jitsu and Bujinkan. He took pride in his martial arts skills and would frequently walk down the hallways at work trying out various martial arts techniques on his unsuspecting co-workers, much to their chagrin. He continued his teaching until his illness progressed and he could no longer hold classes. His obsession with Marvel and the Batman character also began at a young age and continued to his death. He often would dress up like Batman and anxiously wait for new Batman movies to come out. When asked why he loved Batman, he would simply respond “We are soulmates. I am just like him – we are both out to save the world.” 

Vaughn passed away from complications due to his Leukemia diagnosis that he received in September 2017 after a short illness. It was later determined that the cancer attacking his body was a direct result of exposure to toxins during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center while working for the U.S. Marshals Service in New York City. Vaughn was a fighter and courageously fought his illness for 12 months before having a Bone Marrow transplant in August. He fell ill shortly after the transplant, and passed away surrounded by his mom, wife and close friends.

Vaughn leaves behind to mourn his loving mother Annette Aiken, his devoted and faithful wife Dolores Aiken, his beautiful daughter whom he loved more than anything Azanoor Aiken, and his four step-children Jennifer Mendoza, Christopher Mendoza, Brandon Mendoza, and Jillian Mendoza. He is predeceased by his father Henry Eugene Aiken and his sister Gail Aiken.

Vaughn was loved by many people and will be missed by his family and his friends.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the George Washington Memorial Park located at 234 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, Vaughn’s family requests that you donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in his name. 

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I am a former co-worker of Vaughn at the USMS. I am very touched to read the moving tribute to him. The thing I remember most about him was the conviction in his eyes and desire to hear what others had to say. I dont think he ever stopped growing and learning. Also, I know he deeply loved his daughter and we discussed her more than once. Vaughn touched many of us, and will never be forgotten.
Donnell Sam
Words can never express the heartfelt sorrow I have right now at the learning of the passing of my friend and colleague. Vaughn and I would frequently have brother talks at the US Marshals Service on so many topics; work, family, travel, his martial arts skills, and more. I am going to miss my brother immensely as I was so looking forward to his return to service so that we could pick where we left off. Vaughn, rest easy little brother. Keep'em laughing up there. Until we meet again man. Drew Horne-Cooper
Drew Horne-Cooper
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