Keith W. (Augie) Augustyniak, 65

WILMINGTON — Keith W. (Augie), Augustyniak, 65, died suddenly on Friday, February 4, 2022 at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Keith was once from southwestern Michigan. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Arlene and his brother Bruce.

He acquired a love for golf at a young age, caddying and working at local golf courses and tournaments. He attended Michigan State University on an Evans Scholarship where he studied business management. From there he moved to warmer climes to pursue his passion for golf and even traveled to Europe to help design golf courses.

In 2000, his golfing expertise brought Keith to North Carolina to join some of his associates with a project in Brunswick County on the new Winding River Golf Course.

In Southport one night he met Connie Ledgett who became his partner for the rest of his life. Later, he joined her in her new business Isabella Grape Ladies Boutique and together they watched her grow. They moved the business to Wilmington in 2005 playing roles in the NC Azalea Festival, Miss America Pageant Miss NC and Miss Virginia Pageants. Keith and Connie have supported several local girls in their modeling ambitions. He was also successful in assisting Connie with merchandise development and marketing. They dressed 4 Miss NC, 1 Miss VA and 1 Miss DC for their Miss America experience.

We always go back to our roots, so when Connie wanted to retire in 2017, Keith returned to the golf course, first in the mountains of North Carolina, second in central North Carolina and both years in the Lexington Ky area. He had recently returned home to rest and prepare for his next project

He is survived by his love of 21 years Connie, his sister Kay (Brian), his nephews Roderick and Joseph and his sister-in-law Diane.

A private memorial will take place at a later date.

In honor of her love for cats, please consider donating to your local humane society or animal rescue.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.

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