My uncle Augie passed away this week. He was a great man, and had recently won the Governor’s award in the state of NJ for his philanthropic works. I spent over a year living with his family back around 1977, when I was a troubled teenager and needed a change of pace. It was one of the best years of my life, and I will miss him….
Augustine C. De Vito AGE: 82 • Long Branch Augustine C. “Auggie ” De Vito, 82 a life long resident of Long Branch, died suddenly on Monday evening, Jan. 11th at Monmouth Medical Center.At Long Branch High School Auggie was a three letter athlete in, soccer, basketball and baseball. He was awarded an athletic/academic scholarship to Columbia University, but he let that pass after his mother Barbara De Vito passed to help with his family. He played semi-pro basketball at the Jersey Shore. For several years he was the Caddy Master and Assistant Golf Pro at Hollywood Golf Club.He retired as a Sales Representative for Dawn Foods, Edison. Auggie was a life long parishioner of Holy Trinity RC Church, Christ the King Parish, Long Branch, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and sang in the choir for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #335. Auggie was a former director of the Long Branch Old Guard and a former member of the IAMA. He was the founder of the Tri-City Umpire’s Association, where he was affectionately known as “Auggie the Ump.”Auggie founded and ran for 39 years a Basketball program for the Disabled at Holy Trinity Church, that program continued under his leadership till today. He was a little league coach for many years and was most proud of the 1974 IAMA team that went 22-0, as an assistant to manager Ralph Zambrano.Auggie was a longtime member and volunteer of the ARC of Monmouth. In 2014 Auggie was honored by Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno with the prestigious Jefferson Award for outstanding public service. He was also honored by many civic groups for his selfless dedication to others, including the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce with the Libutti award, The Book of Golden Deeds from the Long Branch Exchange Club and the Distinguished Community Service Award by the Long Branch Rotary Club, amongst many others who recognized him for his years of service.He was pre-deceased by his parents, Barbara Olivadoti and Salvatore De Vito; his brother, Joseph De Vito in 2015 and his brother-in-law, John DeLisa in 2002.Surviving is his wife of 54 years, Marie Grasso De Vito ; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Michael and Tina De Vito, Tinton Falls, Stephen and Kathy De Vito, Toms River and Christopher De Vito, Shrewsbury; his siblings, Mario and Helen De Vito and Robert and Julia De Vito, of the Villages, Fla, Mary De Lisa, Long Branch; his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Nicholas and Diane Grasso , Coral Springs, Fla. and Barbara Grasso, Shrewsbury; and many nieces and nephews – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mycentraljersey/obituary.aspx?n=augustine-c-de-vito&pid=177264712&fhid=27014#sthash.X38KDrHN.dpuf