OLEAN - John N. Augustini, of 1015 Spruce St., Olean, passed away Thursday (April 4, 2013) at Absolut Care of Salamanca.
Mr. Augustini was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Olean, a son of the late John Augustini and Florence Franzi Augustini.
As a student in Olean High School, John excelled in track and field and in football, winning many titles and honors. He received a football scholarship to St. Bonaventure College.
John served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa during the Korean War
. After completing his service, he worked for a short time for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Following that, he worked for many years at the Castle Restaurant and then for St. Bonaventure University, mainly at the clubhouse, until his retirement in 1990.
John was a very kind and thoughtful person who wouldn't hesitate to give a helping hand whenever a situation arose. For the past year, he suffered from cancer, agreeing to go through various treatments in order to help others who will experience the same illness. Even in death, he is still giving by donating his body to research.
John is survived by four brothers, Frank of Chandler, Texas, Larry of Houston, Joseph of Conroe, Texas, and Carmen of Sydney, British Columbia; one sister, Mary Augustini, OSF, of Philadelphia; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony; and a sister, Rose Mills.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday (April 20, 2013) at St. John's Church.
Memorials may be made to the University at Buffalo, Anatomical Gift Program, 3435 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214.