Suddenly in his home, our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Paul Armand Fontaine (Pepé), passed away on January 11, 2020, at the age of 78 years.
Paul will be missed by his three children, Lynne (Roger) Tessier, Ron Fontaine (Monica) and Monique Grenier (Dennis), his nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered by his dear partner Debra Kantimere and her family. He is also survived by his siblings, Gerry Fontaine (Elianne) and Diane Saive (Maurice) along with several nieces and nephews.
Paul was predeceased by his father Armand Fontaine, his mother Annette Coté, and the mother of his children Henriette (Morin) Fontaine.
Following in the same footsteps as his father, Paul started his career as a mechanic and owned a couple service stations, but his true calling was the lure of the open road. Sitting behind the wheel of a semi-truck, enjoying the scenery and meeting all types of people along the way was his true passion for which he did for over 50 years. His last employment of 25 years was with Landstar Inway and he was so proud every time he received the “million mile safe driver” award. Paul drove long distance from coast to coast until the age of 77 and if it were up to him, he would have continued until he was 100.
Paul’s love of people and adventure kept him young at heart and he was always available to help a friend in need. Paul celebrated over 35 years of sobriety with AA and always expressed his gratitude towards the program for saving his life.
A special thank you to all those who helped with Paul’s care and wellbeing over the years: St. Boniface Heart Failure Clinic, Nurse Practitioners, Diane Gudmundson and Kwong Fai (Agassi) Cheung.
“Down all the highways that you have travelled,
Blacktop, stone and even gravel,
On every journey through and through,
May God’s Angels ride with YOU!”
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., at Crossings Funeral Care in Steinbach, 12E-40 North Gate Drive.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the St. Boniface Hospital in memory of Paul Armand Fontaine.