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The Fortin Group

70 Horton Street, Lewiston, ME

OBITUARY

RICHARD M. LAFONTAINE

October 12, 1923September 11, 2019

Richard Marcel LaFontaine died on September 11, 2019 at The Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, ME. He was the son of Arthur and Elmina Bourget LaFontaine born on October 12, 1923. Richard graduated from St. Louis School in 1938 and Edward Little High School class of 1942.

He enlisted in the United States Navy and on November 11, 1942 he left for Newport, RI where he completed his military training. Richard was a World War II veteran serving from 1942-1946. He had engaged in many battles during his enlistment to include Okinawa. He was a crewmember on the USS Stringham APD #6 built at Bath Iron Works during World War I. Richard was very proud of the years he was active duty in the military. After serving his country, Richard went to work for C & C Electric and he then became employed by IBEW local 567 where he received a 70 years of service pin in 2017. He became an excellent electrician and was offered an electrical management position in New York City. He quickly refused the offer because of his dedication to his family and love for the State of Maine.

On July 13, 1968 he married the love of his life, Theresa Godin and together shared 51 happy years. He was a devoted husband to “My Terry” and did all he could to make her happy. Richard was a member of The Knights of Columbus Council, Auburn #8742 and a member of The Third Degree Council. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 153.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory; his loving wife, Theresa and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly and would do anything for. He truly was a kind, sweet and generous man. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Rhea Lavoie (Harve), Antoinette Couillard (Richard) and Madeline LaFontaine, four brothers: Real (Germaine), Paul, Rosaire (Helene) and Arthur (Lorraine).

Committal prayers will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at St. Peters Cemetery (large chapel) at 2:00 PM.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Richard’s life by visiting his guest book at: www.thefortingrouplewiston.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He leaves behind to cherish his memory; his loving wife, Theresa and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly and would do anything for. He truly was a kind, sweet and generous man. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Rhea Lavoie (Harve), Antoinette Couillard (Richard) and Madeline LaFontaine, four brothers: Real (Germaine), Paul, Rosaire (Helene) and Arthur (Lorraine).

Services

  • Committal Prayers Thursday, September 19, 2019

Memories

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Joyce (Godin) Kyllonen

September 17, 2019

My Uncle Tibi (and Aunt Teresa) have always been the nicest people you will ever meet. Recently I had the opportunity to help set up their 50th wedding anniversary party with my cousin Dan and his wife Kim. I’ll never forget how much my Uncle and Aunt enjoyed having their family around them.
Most recently, just a couple of weeks before he passed, I visited my Uncle Tibi and with a bit of probing, was able to get him to share a bit of his experience in WWII. He lived a long fulfilling life and I will miss him!!

Michael LeBlanc

September 17, 2019

I have known Tibi (or Tana, pest) my entire life and grew up living next door to Tana and Theresa. I have many, many fond memories of him and Theresa. Tana never had a bad word to say about anything and always had a smile on his face. I brought my son to meet him and Theresa a few years ago (picture attached from that day) at there life time home in New Auburn. Tana was always there for anybody in the neighborhood. This is truly a very sad day. I miss Tana and wish to share my sympathies and condolences with Theresa and his family.

Lise Lothrop

September 15, 2019

Richard is at the upper left

Lise Lothrop

September 15, 2019

Richard is at the upper right

Lise Lothrop

September 15, 2019

Daniel Godin

September 14, 2019

Where do I begin to share with everyone my memories of uncle Tibi. I guess it was back in 1968 when this beautiful couple were joined together in holy matrimony at St. Louis church in New Auburn . The wedding picture of the two of them in the back seat of their Pontiac was Classic.
Later on always seeing them together on the holidays and family reunions with big smiles as they greeted everyone. All I can say about Uncle Tibi is if he ever had a bad day he never showed it "always the best " was one of many catch phrases he used to describe how he was doing.
I could go on and on, Detroit Tigers, his time serving in the navy, working in NYC, even hitchhiking from San Diego to San Francisco on furlough to see his brother Rosie to name a
few. Uncle Tibi's love for his bride was beyond storybook right up to the last minute he heard her voice, and Aunt Terry will be his "Doll" forever.
So from all my family including my Parents for who my Uncle and Aunt did so much for in their final days , my wife Kim, my two grown children Cody and Shannon, and their significant others Rakel and Tom, we will miss you you very much Uncle Tibi as you make everyone smile in heaven.
Daniel F. Godin

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY