Kevin L. Austin, 46, of South Burlington, died suddenly on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Born on November 14, 1972, Kev grew up in Hinesburg, VT and graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in 1990.
Kevin is survived by his wife of 18 years, Sarah (Abely) Austin; his daughter Aria Elizabeth Austin; his father Lynn Austin and step-mother Ann Austin; his brother Randy Austin and his fiancee Michelle Franklin; his brother Kyle Austin and his wife Margo Austin; his step-brother Sean Harrington and wife Jowee Harrington; his step-brother Todd Harrington and wife Cathy Harrington; his step-sister Sarah (Folsom) Langlois and husband Ryan Longlois; his brother-in-law Phillip Abely and wife Wendi Abely, as well as numerous very special aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends.
He was predeceased by his mother Janice Austin and by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Cynthia Abely.
Kev grew up in an extremely tight-knit neighborhood in Hinesburg and was especially close to the Bosma and Young families. There were ten children between the three families and they all felt more like siblings than neighbors. Kev’s family and his Uncle Larry’s family owned the Monkton General Store for a handful of years when Kev was young. He would often share fond memories of working alongside his brothers and cousins, always claiming that he actually made the best creemee.
Kev’s middle brother, Kyle, got him his first job in the restaurant industry: stocking the Windjammer salad boat in the late 80’s. After the Windjammer, he worked as a cook in a few different Burlington restaurants before starting at Uno Pizzeria in South Burlington in 1997. He worked at Uno for 22 years. This past June, he began at The Friendly Toast in Burlington as the Sous Chef. He was a talented cook who, even at home, enjoyed the challenge of mastering a new recipe or technique. His patience with co-workers on both sides of the line made him a favorite of many.
It was at Uno where Kev and Sarah met; they were both part of the original staff that opened that location in 1997. They were married in 2000 on a brisk fall day on the Spirit of Ethan Allen II. Aria, Kev’s pride and joy, was born in 2004 and Lucy, their Black Lab, completed the family in 2009. Kev’s gentleness and kindness made him an outstanding husband and father. He enjoyed teaching Aria how to cook and going skiing with her up at Bolton. As a family, they enjoyed attending Lake Monsters games, going to the drive-in and just being together.
Kevin was a fan of live music, specifically roots reggae, The Grateful Dead and Phish. Kev at a live show was Kev at his happiest. He also enjoyed watching his Oakland Raiders, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins (with Sarah’s strong influence), English Premier League Soccer, UFC and MMA.
A special thank you to Deputy Chief Robert Plante at the South Winooski Avenue Burlington Fire Station, the First Responders and the UVM Medical Center Emergency Room and Cardiology Staffs for their professionalism and kindness.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 29 from 4pm-7pm at the Holy Family Community Center, 28 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction.
Nothin' left to do but smile, smile, smile… - Jerry Garcia
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