WILMINGTON — Joseph Frederick Augustine Jr., 93, passed away Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Joseph was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Mary Augustine and Joseph Frederick Augustine.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Ann Augustine; and granddaughter, Rachel Reedy Augustine.
Mr. Augustine is survived by his wife of 71 years, Carolyn Bishop Augustine; son, Joseph “J.F.” Augustine III, and his wife, Teresa, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; granddaughter, Lindsay Bishop Augustine; step-granddaughter, Christine Onidi; and step-grandsons, Michael Kulikowski and Peter Onidi.
Mr. Augustine was a graduate of Allentown High School, where he was recognized as an outstanding athlete in football, wrestling, track and as an undefeated boxing champion. He achieved the highest award in Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout and later went on to serve as a counsel director.
He received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, the Varsity Championship Football team, playing in both the Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl, and a team player of the wrestling team.
Mr. Augustine loved his community and had a passion to serve. He was the past president of the Wilmington Rotary Club, Wilmington Executives Club, Cape Fear Sales and Marketing and Wilmington Health and Safety School. He served as emeritus director of the Salvation Army Advisory Board for 25 years and past director of the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry Committee, Wilmington Boys’ Choir and the Chambers of Eastern North Carolina. He was past chairman of the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon, awarded life membership in North Carolina and South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Executives and awarded Outstanding Chamber Executive in North Carolina and South Carolina and past executive vice president of Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. He established, along with his wife, the Joseph F. And Carolyn B. Augustine Endowed Nursing School Scholarship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and served on the UNC Wilmington School of Nursing Advisory Board.
Share online condolences with the family at Coble Funeral and Cremation Service at Greenlawn Memorial Park.