John E. Fontaine

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John E. Fontaine


John Eaton Fontaine III died February 22,2013. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 26,2013 from 9:30 AM to 11 :00 AM at St. Andrew's Cathedral preceding a Requiem Eucharist at 11 :00 AM in the nave. Burial will follow in the Canton Cemetery family plot. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Born 30 May 1919, he was the older son of John E. and Hosford Latimer Fontaine. He grew up in Brookline MA and was graduated from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1941. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946. A resident of Jackson since 1952, he was associated with Godwin Advertising Agency from 1949 until retiring as chairman emeritus in 1984.

Civic and business activities included serving on the boards of the Jackson Symphony, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Jackson Little Theater, Family Service Ass'n, Hospice Ministries, Southwest Council of the American Ass'n of Advertising Agencies and as regional chairman of the Public Utilities Advertising Ass'n. He was a founder and chairman emeritus of the English-Speaking Union, Jackson Branch. A past president of the Greater Jackson Advertising Club, in 1984 he was awarded their Silver Medal for distinguished service in advertising.

In retirement years, he wrote a column which appeared in a local weekly under the title "Veritas", and for over 20 years was a volunteer at the Radio Reading Service recording countless programs of short stories.

A descendent of Huguenot and Episcopal clergymen, he had served on the Diocesan Council and in many capacities at St. Andrew's Cathedral including vestryman and warden.

Survivors include his wife, the former Eleanor A. Haldeman of St. Louis; two daughters, Maury F. Lutin and Martha F. La Valla, her husband Dominic, a son John E. Fontaine IV and his wife Mary Ann; grandsons John and Will Fontaine and a niece and two nephews. His brother, Douglass Latimer Fontaine died in 2007.

The family expresses heartfelt thanks for the compassionate care provided by St. Catherine's Village, Covenant Caregivers, Hospice Ministries, Baptist Medical Center and G.Y. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrew's Cathedral, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Stewpot or Hospice Ministries. online guestbook


Published in Clarion Ledger from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2013
John Eaton Fontaine
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Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home
350 High Street | Jackson, MS 392020409 | (601) 352-3632
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