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Oakhurst - Augustus G. Villapiano, 70, Oakhurst passed away suddenly on March 31. Predeceased by his parents Augustus and Dorothy Villapiano and sister-in-law Susan Penrod Villapiano, Gus is survived by his siblings Phil Villapiano of Rumson, Carolee Villapiano of West Long Branch, and John Villapiano and his wife Sharon of Long Branch, long time partner Lauren Volk of Long Branch; his children Douglas Villapiano, Del Ray Beach, Florida, Augustus (Gus) Villapiano II and his wife Elizabeth of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Elizabeth (Allie) Villapiano, Wilmington, North Carolina; grandchildren Nicholas, Joey, Anna, Jessica and Sophia Villapiano, and step granddaugher Cadance, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gus was born and raised in Asbury Park. After graduating Asbury Park High School in 1965, where he was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball, he attended Vincennes University in Indiana and North East University in Monroe, Louisiana.

Big Daddy, as he was known, worked for the Asbury Park Fire Department, where he retired after 27 years of dedicated service. Throughout his life, "Big" was a camper, counselor and part owner of Seashore Day Camp with responsibility for buildings and pools. He also was a gifted tradesman in all disciplines. There was no job too big for him to tackle and no one he was too busy to help. In addition, he was a former member of BPOE Lodge 128.

He will long be remembered for making Easter fun for thousands of area children as the officiant of the Long Branch Easter Egg Hunt for the past 35 years.

Everyone loved Big Daddy. Described by all who knew him as a legendary 'man among men,' generous, loyal, big hearted and kind, he had a zest for life. An avid sports enthusiast, he lived for pro football season and was a fan of the Oakland Raiders and Bowling Green Falcons. In addition, he looked forward to his annual Fourth Of July Lobster Fest, Super Bowl Weekend at Reno, spending time with his children and grandchildren and stopping after work to see his friends at the Celtic Cottage.

Big touched the lives of hundreds with his smile, his laugh and his infectious spirit. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

His viewing will be held at Buckley Funeral Home 509 Second Avenue Asbury Park on Thursday, April 5 from 3-7p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, April 6 at 11a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1201 Asbury Avenue in Asbury Park. Interment will be in Monmouth Memorial Park, Tinton Falls. Since he loved his dogs Red, Ralph and Nestle, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Monmouth County SPCA 260 Wall Street, Eatontown 07724. For Condolences please visit
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 3, 2018
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