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KINGSTON, N.H. — Mr. Gilbert J. "Buddy" Fontaine, Jr., 80, of Kingston, N.H., died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his loving family, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Mr. Fontaine was born in Ware, to the late Gilbert J. and Ann (Lavigne) Fontaine, Sr. Gilbert served his country proudly during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. He worked for the John Hancock Insurance Company for over 40 years as a sales manager. Mr. Fontaine was a lifetime member of both the Franco American Club of Lynn, and the V.F.W. Club of Kingston. He was also a member of the International Order of Alhambra.

He had previously owned Gil's Restaurant in Haverhill for many years. He loved his trips to Las Vegas and playing cards, but especially loved spending time with his devoted family.

Mr. Fontaine leaves his beloved soulmate and wife of 54 years, Shirley (Calderone) Fontaine. He also leaves his loving children, Gilbert J. Fontaine III of Peabody, April Mulligan and her husband, Patrick of Portsmouth, N.H., James A. Fontaine and his wife Kerin of Sandown, N.H., Paul E. Fontaine and his wife Therese of Middleton; along with his nine cherished grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Wedge.

ARRANGEMENTS: The family will receive friends, Sunday, March 13, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, with the funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy's Church, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen. The interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Kingston, N.H. Donations may be made in memory of Gilbert to the Order of Alhambra, 4200 Leeds Ave., Baltimore, MD 21229-5496. To offer online condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Published on  March 31, 2011
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