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REVEREND CAMERON ALBERT FONTAINE 1936 - 2002 Suddenly on Friday, March 8, 2002 after an evening service at Springs Church, Pastor Cameron Albert Fontaine, aged 65 years, went to his heavenly reward. He leaves to cherish his memory, Jacqueline, his wife of 41 years; and his five sons, Leon (Sally), Manning, Rock (Lori), Rolland (Jennifer), Guy (Sarah) also 11 grandchildren, Eden, Danielle, Tamara, Michala, Zachary, Monica, Gina, Mercedes, Adam, Petra and Andre. Dad was born on the farm at Battle Lake, AB on December 3, 1936 to Joe and Florence Fontaine. He attended Lakedell School until he took sick with rheumatic fever. At 15, with his heart enlarged and all the valves leaking blood, he was given up to die by the doctors. His Grandma Marie Fontaine took him to a gospel meeting in Grand Prairie, AB in September of 1952. His condition was so poor then they didnt know if he would make the trip. It was September 27 when he was carried into the meeting on a stretcher, he was prayed for and God miraculously touched that severely damaged heart. The next day he walked to the bus stop with his grandmother and carried their suitcases. This was a miracle, and the beginning of a healing that continued over several months until he was finally back up to full strength and working on the family farm and logging business. As great as this was, he always felt the greatest thing that happened to him that day was his decision to make Jesus Christ his Lord and Saviour. Over the next number of months he began to read the Bible and grow in his understanding of God. He loved the church services and before long was helping out wherever he could, and eventually felt God was leading him to Bible School. He traveled in evangelistic meetings and sang in a trio with some special friends, he also did some traveling in meetings with Bible School. 1960 brought an invitation for some evangelistic meetings from a small group of believers in Porcupine Plain, SK who had bought a church building and had purposed to establish a church there. A few months later these meetings brought an invitation for him to come and pastor the assembly. This was one of the toughest decisions of his life. He felt God was calling him into the ministry, but his love for his family made it very difficult to consider leaving them behind in Alberta to launch out on this venture. July of 1960 found him returning to Saskatchewan as their full-time pastor. It was there in Porcupine Plain that he met his wife-to-be, Jacqueline Banman. They were married September 23, 1961. The next few years found some family additions, Leon, Manning, Rock, Rolland and then Guy in 1974. They pastored in Porcupine Plain until April 1969 when they moved to Weldon, SK to pastor the Weldon Pentecostal Church (now New Life Centre). Both at Porcupine Plain and at Weldon they traveled onto First-Nations Reserves to hold gospel meetings. In Weldon, they also went into the Prince Albert Penitentiary and the farm annex. The years in the Saskatchewan assemblies were great years, where lifelong friendships were forged and priceless memories made. April 1980 found them responding to an invitation from another group of believers who were starting a new assembly in Selkirk, MB; New Life Community Church was born. First, starting out in Robert Smith School, then the IOOF Hall and finally the present church structure at 479 Eveline St. Precious friendships and families were added to our lives in that building and also in the growth of our family as daughters-in-law were added to our ranks and then Dads grandkids. 1994 brought a difficult decision in Dads life as Leon, Sally and their children moved to Winnipeg to pastor Springs Church. Dad was very possessive of his kids, his one prayer always being - "God, Ill go wherever you send us, but please let me have my kids close." 1996 brought another difficult decision, to leave the church in Selkirk and join Leon and Sally in Winnipeg. We believe the one thing that made it possible was the closeness of the assemblies. In 1998 Dad and Mom moved into Winnipeg to end the commuting back and forth. He loved being in ministry again with Leon and never ceased to be in awe and oh so thankful for what God was doing there. His love of God and his zeal for the Word never dimmed as the years went by. His greatest thrill was to be able to share the plan of salvation with someone and pray with them as they made Jesus Christ their Lord and Saviour. He loved to pray for the sick and saw many wonderful answers to prayer and many miracles. He loved to preach the "Good News" and those who have heard him know how excited he could get. He loved Gods people and he loved the way they loved him back. He was gentle, he was loving, he was humble, and he was strong. He was excited and thankful to be a part of the work of God. He knew how to sacrifice for the work of God and the people of God and he is one person who definitely deserves Heaven! On Friday, March 8, after a church service, Dad went to his car and started it to go home, in a few moments the angels came and really took him Home. He was loved and he will be greatly missed, but we know his faith has become sight. We the family, along with our mother Jacquie invite you to join us in a celebration of Dads life on Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m., at Springs Church, 595 Lagimodiere Blvd., Winnipeg, MB. Public viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A private, family interment will follow the service. Donations may be made in Dads memory to the 725 Lagimodiere Project - keeping with Dads vision of reaching generations for Jesus Christ. Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach, MB (204) 326-1351.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 12, 2002
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