Born September 7, 1979, Vincent Augostini was the seventh child of Dolores & Louis Augostini. He passed away on January 27, 2022 after a courageous life with Neurofibromatosis. He is predeceased by his father, Louis Augostini. He is survived by his loving and devoted mother, Dolores Augostini, his siblings, Lorraine Augostini (Steven Insley), Christopher Augostini (Maria Augostini), Patricia Ann Augostini, Andrea Courtney, Thomas Augostini (Patricia Augostini), and Louis Augostini (Shannon Augostini), and his nieces and nephews, Rachael and Madeleine Augostini, Ben and Elena Insley, Thomas, Michael, and Matthew Courtney, Emma, Joseph, and Leah Augostini. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Vince will be remembered as a kind and faithful friend to all. He was always quick with a joke and loved to make those around him smile. Most of all, he greeted every day with optimism and an appreciation for each moment spent with family and friends. Vince was born in Johnson City and graduated from Johnson City High School and Broome Community College. On any given day, you could find Vince enjoying a plate of spiedies and extra crispy fries from Spiedie & Rib Pit or buffalo chicken wings from Deacon’s Bench. He was an avid sports enthusiast and a devoted fan of the New York Yankees and WWE Wrestling. Any chance possible, Vince loved seeing the Yankees play live at Yankees Stadium. For his 34th birthday, with his brothers Tom and Louis Augostini, nephew Joseph Augostini, and dear friend and MLB Umpire Rob Drake, he was escorted on to the field at Yankees Stadium before the Yankees battled theirs (and Vince’s) rival, the Boston Red Sox. In order to help Vince on the field, he went through the Red Sox dugout to the wheelchair lift. He was greeted by Dustin Pedroia who wished him a happy birthday. On the way back from the field, as the wheelchair lift descended, Dustin Pedroia had to quickly jump out of the way of Vince’s wheelchair. It is this moment that Vince credited himself for the knee injury that would begin the end of Pedroia’s career as second baseman for the Red Sox. Vince was the 500th Wish Kid from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York. For his wish, he was able to meet Michael Jordan on November 4, 1997 with his brothers and dad in Chicago. Since the receipt of this wish, Vince has been a frequent donor and supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York as well as the Neurofibromatosis Foundation. In 2009, Vince began his job at Sears, which he thoroughly enjoyed for over 8 years.
Over the last two years, Vince spent most of his time at Willow Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he became friend to everyone. He loved nights spent among friends watching a sports game and eating boneless chicken wings. Thank you to the staff at Willow Point for not only caring for Vince during some of his most challenging times, but also making him part of your family. We want to thank the staff at Wilson Hospital, particularly ICU 5, for helping to make Vince’s transition a peaceful and comfortable one. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1 Aquinas Street at 12pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. You can find the service livestreamed at tinyurl.com/12w5eun In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central New York (5005 Campuswood Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or https://wish.org/cny) or tell someone a joke to make their day – the way Vince did for all of us.