Joseph A. Fontaine

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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