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Born: Jun 01, 1962

Date of Passing: Mar 27, 2016

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MARK KEITH FONTAINE June 1, 1962 - March 27, 2016 Suddenly on March 27, 2016, Mark Keith Fontaine passed away in Sagkeeng First Nation. He is survived by his daughter Jasmine Adams, grandson Emery Scott Adams, parents Stanford and Lillian Fontaine, siblings Brenda, Warren (Bonnie), Donna Bone, Earl (Shirley), Merv, Ron, Rhonda (Frank), Sheila and Tara (Isaac); uncles Maurice and Norman (Verdine); aunts Sandra (Dennis), Rose (Norbert), Agnes and Freda; his second family his cousins Kirk, Laurie, Tanya and Sheri Guimond; his close friends Claude and Cindy Guimond; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Clayton and Leslie, grandparents Irene (Twoheart) and Joe Gus Fontaine, Helen (Swampy) and John Henry Fontaine, uncles Douglas, Ambrose, Paul, Richard, Howard, Frank, George and John A.; and aunts Lizette, Leona, Madeline, Josephine and Janette. Mark was raised in Sagkeeng First Nation and Oo-za-we-kwun (Rivers), Manitoba. He attended the Fort Alexander Residential/Day School, Oo-za-we-kwun Elementary Brooke School and Rivers Collegiate. He attended Brandon University and the University of Manitoba where he received his Bachelor of Education Degree. He taught at Sgt. Tommy Prince School in Brokenhead and Sagkeeng Junior High and Senior High Schools. Mark enjoyed working out, jogging, cycling, playing slo-pitch and fastball and spending time with family, friends, students and other educators. As a lifelong educator and mentor he always enjoyed teaching and coaching lacrosse and other team sports, telling jokes, sharing stories and encouraging children and youth to achieve personal goals. He had a special nickname for each of his nephews, nieces and other young family members. Mark took great pride in his personal grooming and was always smiling and friendly with many good friends. His friends have described him as "kind, good, genuine, happy go lucky, handsome, loving, caring, giving, gentle, wonderful, warm, understanding, a bright spot, a good friend, he had such a big heart, he wouldn't hurt a fly, a great role-model." He will be sadly missed by all his family, students and friends as we have many fond memories of his stories, adventures and travels. Wake Service will be held at the St. Alexander Roman Catholic Church Hall, Sagkeeng First Nation, MB, from Wednesday, March 30 to Saturday, April 2, 2016. Funeral Service will follow in the Church on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held in the St. Alexander Church Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family c/o Spirit Road Funeral Services Inc., PO Box 200, Fort Alexander, MB, R0E 0P0, 204-340-6490 or friends may leave a message of sympathy at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 31, 2016

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Thinking about you today and always in my thoughts my dear friend. You were such a dear friend to Claude and I. Miss seeing your waves in the early morning hours on my way to work, always happy and smiling. You were always there when I needed a friend, I wish I would have told you that. Thank you. Forever remembered our friend ❤️. - Posted by: Denise Bruyere (Friend ) on: Mar 27, 2018

  • Sorry to hear of his life lost, always saw Mark at the lacrosse games, sad to hear of a good coach leaving us. - Posted by: Kyle, Dolly, John Cochrane (Player/Parents in Manitoba Lacrosse) on: Apr 06, 2016

  • "Only one life that soon is past, only what is done with love will last" Condolences to the Fontaine Family at this time peace be with you all, miigwech for your service Mark.... - Posted by: Ted Williams (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2016

  • Our condolences to family on their loss of a loved one. - Posted by: Bill James (Friend to Family) on: Apr 02, 2016

  • My sympathies to Mark's family. I was shocked to read of his passing. He was such a genuine and jovial guy with an infectious smile and great energy. He will be greatly missed on our Sunrise Athletic Association. Rest in Peace, Mark. - Posted by: Sue Tribula (PE Collegue) on: Apr 01, 2016

  • On behalf of Sunrise Athletic Conference I would like to express our condolences to Mark's family. Mark was a valued member of our association who cared for the kids in his community above all. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Calvin Dueck (Colleague) on: Apr 01, 2016

  • We are sorry to hear of Mark's passing. He was a kind person and gone far too soon. Deepest condolences to his family. - Posted by: Belinda & Dave (Friends) on: Apr 01, 2016

  • Warren and family: our sincere condolences and sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your brother Mark. - Posted by: Warren Fontaine (friends) on: Mar 31, 2016

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