Anthony “Tony” Maxwell Augustine died from Covid-19 on the morning of Sunday, April 12th at the age of 61 at his home in Oyster Bay, NY. Tony was born in Washington, DC on June 4th, 1958. One of 5 children, he grew up in East Norriton, Pa. He was a Seabee in the U.S Navy and received an honorable discharge in 1980.
He was known for his sense of humor,and enjoyed playing chess and Scrabble with family and friends, who he usually beat. He also published a book of poems. Though he moved to Long Island in 2006, he remained an avid Phillies and Eagles fan. He was such a loyal Phillies fan that Citizens Bank Park had a “Tony Augustine Day”. His sister Jackie and friend Carlos took him to the parade when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.
Though he had setbacks in life, including a 1984 car accident that caused paralysis, he was always one of the most observant people in the room. He could always be counted on for a smile or to laugh at a good joke. He faced everyday with courage and never gave up on his dream of walking again. Until 2012 he spent many days at the pool standing in the water with assistance. His wit and good spirits were an inspiration to all who knew him.
He is survived by his mother Florence-Ann, siblings Stephanie (David), Jackie, and Michael (Jill) and many nieces and nephews. His father Nuncio and brother Nick preceded him in death. Condolences can be sent to Fairchild Funeral Home in Manhasset, NY. A service will be scheduled at a later date at Christ Episcopal Church, Oyster Bay, where he was a member.