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TEMPLETON - James A. Fontaine, 87, of 134 State Road, Baldwinville, died peacefully Wednesday morning, February 14, 2018 in Athol Memorial Hospital, Athol.
He was born in Gardner on July 23, 1930, son of the late Aldy and Agnes (Rivard) Fontaine and was a graduate of Gardner High School, where he was captain of its swim team. He lived in Baldwinville for many years and had also wintered on the Florida Keys for several winters.
Jim proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during the Korean War. Jim operated the former Fontaine Brothers Furniture Co and later owned and operated Pilgrim House Furniture in Templeton. Jim was an avid swimmer and he also enjoyed boating, sailing and fishing.
He was preceded in death by three wives, Lorraine (Lajoie) Fontaine, Nancy (Skotnicki) Fontaine and Alice (Croteau) Fontaine. Jim leaves seven children, Carol Whitmer of Virginia Beach, VA, Curt Fontaine of Montross, VA, Cathy Fontaine of Fitchburg, Cindy Toombs of Fredericksburg, VA, Charline Rocheleau of Winchendon, Robin Fontaine and her husband Mark Alexander of Rocky Hill, CT and Craig Fontaine and his wife Cathy of Wareham, MA; 8 grandchildren, four great grandchildren; a brother, William "Bill" Fontaine and his wife Kathy of Leominster and a granddog Angus. He was predeceased by two grandson, Ryan C. Rocheleau and Paul Fontaine.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, February 24, 2017 from 3 to 5 P.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A private graveside service will be held in the spring in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Plymouth.