Joseph Andre Fontaine

October 3, 1923January 23, 2013

Joseph A. Fontaine, 89, of Rochester, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013. He was the husband of Ida E. (Poirier) Fontaine; they had been happily married for 70 years.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Ovila and Emerilda (Dion) Fontaine, he had lived in New Bedford before moving to Rochester in 1967.

Mr. Fontaine served in the US Navy during WWII and worked as a supervisor at Commonwealth Electric for 38 years before retiring. After retiring he and his wife enjoyed traveling, camping and spending winters in Florida. He was also a member of the VFW Post in Freetown.

Besides his wife he is survived by two sons, Albert Fontaine and his wife Carol of Acushnet and Michael Fontaine of Narragansett, RI; a daughter, Sandra Reale and her husband Stephen of Acushnet; five grandchildren, Deborah Cassidy, Karen Elias, Tina Reale, Lisa McIlmail and Michael Reale; six great grandchildren, MacKenzie Cassidy, Marissa and Nathan Elias, William and Katie McIlmail and Allyson Reale; several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late, Frank, Albert and Edmund Fontaine, Sidonie “Sally” Lauzier and Hermina “Alice” Paradise.

Funeral and burial are private per Mr. Fontaine’s wishes. Arrangements are in the care of the ROCK Funeral Home, New Bedford.


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Gary and Donna Pagel

January 31, 2013

Michael, We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I know how close you were to him and the heartache you must feel to be without him. Take comfort in knowing you were a great son, and he a great father. There is such a tremendous bond, and a love you will always feel for your Dad. Hold all those happy memeories close to your heart. With our love and sincere sympathy, Gary and Donna

George Smith

January 28, 2013

My Deepest sympathy,To a true gentleman & friend.May he rest in peace

January 27, 2013

Al and Carol and entire Fontaine family, So sorry to hear of Joe's passing, my very first supervisor when I started at Electric Co., a prince of a man and always a smile on his face, a real pleasure to have known. Cynthia Przybyszewski

Kathy and Bob Fritch

January 27, 2013

Mike and family, We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers

Steve Engel

January 25, 2013

Mike -

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I lost my mother last fall so I feel your pain. Please extend my condolences to your family.

Dan Mackey

January 25, 2013

Mrs.Fontaine, Mike and Family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you today on the loss of Joseph. As one of Mike's friends, I heard many a great story about his Dad throughout the years. He had a full life and he was blessed with a great wife and great kids. May he rest in peace. With My Deepest Sympathies, Dan Mackey, Framingham, MA