Richard August “Augie” Maugg Jr., a Santa Rosa native who embraced life with a bear hug, died Wednesday at a Santa Rosa hospital, two days before his 37th birthday.
“Augie” to friends and family, he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1995 and underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy before the cancer went into remission, said his sister Johanna Maugg. But the cancer returned last fall.
He “fought his cancer the way he dealt with all things in life — with complete confidence and total commitment,” his family said. “Typically, he was more concerned about the welfare of those who loved him than his own.”
Born in Santa Rosa, he attended St. Rose School, Cardinal Newman High School and the University of Washington. He returned here after college and worked with his father, contractor Dick Maugg. He later sold commercial real estate for Grubb & Ellis and most recently was a broker for the Cal Bay Mortgage Group. He lived in Windsor.
He traveled the world in search of adventure, fishing and hunting throughout the West and in Alaska and Mexico. He and his wife traveled to eastern Europe and Asia over the past few years.
He was president of the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50.
He leaves his wife, Bronagh Maugg, who is expecting the couple’s twin sons in June. He also is survived by his parents, Barbara Marie and Richard August Maugg of Santa Rosa; his sisters, Kathryn Toms of Hillsborough, Karen Coset of Santa Rosa, Kristina Maugg of San Francisco, and Johanna Maugg of Los Angeles; and five nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to a party in Maugg’s honor at noon Sunday at his Windsor home. Contributions may be made at any branch of the Exchange Bank to either the Augie Maugg Memorial Fund, which will be distributed to charities, or to the Maugglet Fund, which will be used to support his two sons.
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