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Jean Baptiste Lafontaine

June 24, 1925 November 25, 2015
Jean Baptiste Lafontaine
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Jean B. Lafontaine passed to his eternal reward on November 25th at the age of 90 years. Jean was born to Omer and Eliza Lafontaine in Willimantic on June 24, 1925. He was pre deceased by his parents, six siblings, his wife Shirley (Quinn) Lafontaine, and granddaughter Lauren Lafontaine. He is survived by a sister, Claire Lafontaine of Coventry, and a brother, Gerard Lafontaine of Texas. He leaves his children Gregg and Linda, Mark and Carla, Donna and Lynn, and Kimberly and John as well as his grandchildren Adam, Denisse, Ethan, Alex, Emilie, David, Quinn and Hannah.
Jean was a proud US Marine and served in both World War II and the Korean War.  He worked 50 years for Brand Rex Wire and Cable Co.  Jean loved his church, St. Mary in Willimantic, and had been a communicant and active member there his entire life.  Jean and Shirley lived in Lebanon for over 50 years and enjoyed trips and activities with the Lebanon Seniors.  They spent their summers at their cottage at Alexander's Lake in Dayville; it was a center of fun, relaxation, fishing, and family gatherings.  He was a great lover of nature and saw beauty everywhere; he greatly enjoyed feeding and watching his birds.  He was fascinated with the weather and his daily record keeping can be corroborated by Wayne Norman of WILI. Jean took special pride in making maple syrup for friends and family a tradition that started in 1929.  He was a loving husband, father, Pépère, brother, and friend and he will truly be missed!
Calling hours will be held at Bacon Funeral Home, Prospect St. in Willimantic, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 4th.  A celebration of his life will commence at 11 a.m. Saturday, with a mass of Christian burial at St. Mary Church, Valley St. in Willimantic, followed by internment, with full military honors, in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Club Rd. in Windham.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary Church.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Douglas Manor and hospice for their loving care of Pépère.  Their help and understanding will not be forgotten!
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