Left photo: At his recent graduation from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, Agustin “Augie” Gonzalez, ’01 was joined by his family (first row: two year old daughter, Gwendolyn Gonzalez, and niece, Avelina Gonzalez. Second row: cousin, Amaya Hobson, and six year old daughter, Noelle Gonzalez. Third row: wife, Melissa Gonzalez, eight year old son, Nicholas Gonzalez, Agustin Gonzalez, ’01, sister-in-law, Nicolette Gonzalez, and mother, Carmen Gonzalez, P’01. Back row: nephew, Cristian Gonzalez, brother, Johnny Gonzalez, newborn son, Gabriel Gonzalez, and uncle, Avelino Santiago. Right photo: Augie (center) and his two daughters, Noelle (left) and Gwendolyn (right). Augie received his Master of Public Policy on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
The entire Saint Peter’s Prep community mourns the untimely losses of Maj. Agustin “Augie” Gonzalez, ’01 and his daughters, Gwendolyn “GG” Gonzalez and Noelle Gonzalez.
A member of Prep’s class of 2001, Augie is remembered by classmates, teachers and coaches as an energetic, determined and genuine leader during his four years at Prep. Augie made himself known within the Prep community as a four year member of Prep’s football and baseball teams, Latin American Society, and as an Outstanding Freshman in 1998.
Augie served as a Major in the US Army and, throughout the last two years, successfully completed his Master of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Before being promoted to Major, Augie served as a platoon leader in the 101st Airborne, as well as the 82nd Airborne. He served as Company command in the 3/75 Rangers. During his service, Augie was deployed four times to Afghanistan (in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2017.) He received numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars and two Meritorious Service Medals.
Upon graduation from Duke, Augie began a permanent change of station, in which he and his family would move from North Carolina to Fort Carson, in Colorado. Augie never failed to proudly express his gratitude for the values instilled in him throughout his time at Prep, and how he would apply those lessons learned into his education, his service, and his never-ending love for his family.
Augie, Gwendolyn and Noelle tragically lost their lives in an auto accident, in the process of relocating from North Carolina to Colorado. Augie is survived by his wife, Melissa Gonzalez, his eight year old son, Nicholas Gonzalez, and his newborn son, Gabriel Gonzalez. A wake will be held on Sunday, June 2, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Home (374 Danforth Ave., Jersey City, NJ). A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 3, at St. Aedan’s Church (800 Bergen Ave., Jersey City, NJ).