On the evening of November 28th, 2023, John "Jac" Robert Augat, 64, of Eastham, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home with his beloved wife and children by his side. After a diagnosis of stage 4 Esophageal Cancer in May of 2021, Jac showed us all how to bravely face the odds and make the best of every minute of every day. He shared his journey on Caring Bridge and carried so many of us through his journey with love, humor, and intelligence, always ending his passages with the reminder that "life is good."
Jac is survived by his wife Carol (Rouleau) Augat, son Alan Gilpatric, daughter Katherine Beasley and her husband Ted, son Joseph Beasley and his wife Joslyn, son Christian Augat, grand daughter Ayla Beasley, as well as his devoted pups Frodo Baggins and Shire. He is also survived by his brothers William (Rick) Augat III, Steven Augat and James Augat, and his sister Gretchen Pikul. Jac was predeceased by his mother, Rita (Charlebois) Augat, father, William R Augat Jr., and sister, Judy Augat. He would also want to recognize his brothers-in-law, Alan Rouleau, Jamie Rouleau, and Ken Rouleau, with whom he felt a true brotherhood.
Jac was born in Attleboro, Ma. At the age of 7, his family moved to Leominster, MA, where he attended Leominster High School, graduating as part of the class of 1977. He ran indoor and outdoor track with his brother Jim, where they still have a standing relay record dating back to 1977. Jac went on to study at Syracuse University and then Mount Wachusett Community College, where he met Carol. There began a forever friendship, which sixteen years later would lead to a marriage filled with love beyond measure.
Jac enjoyed many years of team tennis at Mid Cape Athletic Club in Yarmouth, golfing, kayaking, beach time, cooking spectacular meals for his family, throwing elaborate parties, and traveling the world. European River Cruises with Carol were his favorite escapes, and also a place where they made lifetime friends.
Jac loved the Scouts! He achieved Life Scout while at Troop 6 in North Leominster from 1971-76, and as an adult, passed his love for scouts on to his son. Jac became the Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America Troop 83 for several years before becoming a Scoutmaster for two years. Every year, Jac and his son, Christian, looked forward to attending Camp Wanocksett with the Eastham Troop in Dublin, NH, where Jac spent many of his childhood summers as a camper and then a CIT with brothers Steve and Jim.
When Jac moved to Cape Cod after college, he found his passion for cooking and managed restaurants for several years. After that, he bought a house on Fort Myers Beach and became an Executive Chef in Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva. Jac loved sailing and often sailed his boat to and from work. Eventually, he returned to Cape Cod, where he reunited with Carol, and the two of them married in April 1998. They resided in Dennis, Massachusetts, for 13 years before moving to their beautiful home in Eastham, Massachusetts.
Retiring from being a chef to spend more time with family, Jac ran a property management business called Jac of All Trades. He enjoyed the handyman/property management business for many years but decided to segway to a less strenuous career, which became his new passion, real estate. Jac quickly became successful and well-respected as a highly ethical realtor who put his energy towards finding the perfect home for his clients. He immersed himself in his profession by serving on the Board of Directors and as part of several committees for the Cape Cod and Islands Association of Realtors.
The Association of Realtors awarded Jac the Good Neighbor Award for his volunteer work with The Lily House, a nonprofit based in Wellfleet, which provides a community home for living and dying where a team takes care of those nearing the end of life, for whom Jac served as Vice President.
Per Jac’s request, and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lily House to continue his mission. https://www.thelilyhouse.org/ways-you-can-help#Donate
Jac’s Celebration of Life will happen as the winter weather passes and warmer weather surfaces when we gather at Bees River (where we spent so many of our summers) to say goodbye and spread his ashes. He then requested a Jac-style party at his house, where he hosted many fantastic parties. We will provide more information as we get closer to that time.