Richard "Rich" H. Fontaine, 71, of Enfield, beloved husband of Janine (Nadeau) Fontaine, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family.
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He was born Aug. 26, 1942, in Hartford, son of the late George A. and Christine (Warren) Fontaine. Prior to retiring, Rich worked in the sales and service division of various manufacturing companies. He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a member of the Washington Irving Council 50 Knights of Columbus, Enfield, and a member of the Rev. William P. Kilcoyn Assembly 4th Degree and the Color Guard. Richard was also a communicant of St. Bernard Church. Rich gave his time and guidance as a Boy Scout leader, a CCD teacher, and volunteered at the Enfield Loaves and Fishes. In his leisure time he enjoyed golf, fishing, woodworking, and his dogs. Above all, his greatest joy was spending time with his family and being "Papa" to his grandchildren.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, Rich will be deeply missed by his children, Suzette and Donald Lempitsky, Alisa and Paul Dubreuil, Jannette Tedone, and Christopher and Cheryl Fontaine; grandchildren, Bryanna, Miranda, Morgan, Michael, and Liz, Taylor, Kelly, Stephanie, and Tony, Rachel, Nicholas, Benjamin, Madelynn, Halle, and Charleigh; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Lana. He also leaves his brothers, Robert and Laura, Ronald and Christine; and his sister, Joan. He was predeceased by his grandchildren, Michelle and Peytann.
A Mass of Christian burial in celebration of Rich's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at St. Bernard Church. Burial will follow in Hazardville Cemetery. His family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Road, Enfield.
Memorial donations in Rich's memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, c/o St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, CT 06082.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 29 to Aug. 2, 2014