Bernard W. Augustine -- better known as Augie or Bernie to many of his friends and former co-workers and Dad to his three children, Papa and Jah Jah to his grandkids, brother to three sisters and husband to his wife of 64 years of marriage -- passed away Easter Sunday April 4 with all three of his children at home with him. He was reunited with his wife Mabel Pauline Augustine who passed away one year and four days earlier.
Mr. Augustine was especially proud and honored to have been a veteran, enlisting in the Air Force soon after graduating from high school in Elmira, NY. , and talked often of time spent in Biloxi, MS., the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and Andrews Air Force base in Washington DC. It was at the latter assignment that he met a young nursing student whom he married and spent the 64 years alongside, soon landing in Greensboro, NC and calling that city home since 1957.
Mr. Augustine was also proud to have served the public as a US Postal rural letter carrier, a title he held for over 30 years. Prior to that position Mr. Augustine sorted mail sacks on the overnight shift and even rode trains making drop-off deliveries when mail moved in that manner.
He never met a stranger and was blessed with the gift of gab, easily striking up conversations with anyone who came in contact with him, especially if the subject was on sports in general and especially baseball and the Atlanta Braves. He saw, in person, Henry Aaron break Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974. He drove to Atlanta that April 8 through a rough stretch of weather without a ticket to a sold out game but said he'd get in if he had to sell peanuts. He landed a couple of tickets outside the stadium just prior to game time.
Further proof of his enjoyment of sports, he mentioned several times to family and friends that his first date with the not as of yet Mrs. Augustine, in fact, was to a baseball game in Washington DC at old Griffith Stadium. He had saved the ticket stub for years and it is still in the family's possession.
Mr. Augustine is survived by daughter Teresa Kochuk with husband Jim of Morrisville NC, daughter Jeanie Augustine of Trinity NC and son Edward Augustine of Greensboro. Also survving are three grandsons, Brian Kochuk with wife Melissa with a great grandson, grandson Mark Kochuk and Russell Augustine along with granddaughter Rachael Augustine with two great grandsons.
Also surviving are sisters Bernice Weaver, Rita Hunt with husband Pete and Barbara Madell with husband Jim. There also are many nieces and nephews and many close relatives from his wife's side of the family as well.
In lieu of any flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Home of High Point, 1803 Westchester Dr, High Point, NC 27262, or any United States veteran charity of your choice. There are many, with one less with us today.
Honoring his desires he will be buried in a private ceremony at Salisbury's Veteran Cemetery along with his wife's ashes.
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