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It is with deep sadness that the family of Mr. Murray Dale Fontaine, announce his peaceful passing at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at the age of 76 years following a brief illness.
Murray was born on Apr 8th, 1947, in Minto, New Brunswick to Regina and Armand Fontaine.
Murray began his career as a commercial refrigeration/heating mechanic in Toronto. His career brought him to various cities including Toronto, New Market and Kenora, before moving his young family to Thunder Bay in 1976 to open Superior Mechanical Systems. Over the years he worked with many companies such as York, ES Fox, Clow Darling and was owner operator lastly of Thunder Bay Mechanical Systems.
Murray was an avid outdoorsman which was part of the draw to move the family to the Thunder Bay Area. He spent many years enjoying hunting, camping and fishing, and has many fishing trophies to show for his skills. He spent many fishing trips in Dryden at Don Wright’s camp on Thaddeus Lake, bass tournaments in Atikokan and Lac Seul.
Murray was also a long time parishioner at Corpus Christie Church.
Murray is survived by his wife of 56 years, Florence, and his daughters Diane Couch (Richard Lehr), Amy Halvorsen (David), Janette and son Dan (Madelynn), grandchildren Tyler, Callum, Kyle (Lacy), Marissa, Jacob, Ashley (Tommy), Miranda, Kaitlyn, Madison and Keenan, great-grandchildren Atlas, Allister, Grant, and Ainsley, and his two sisters, Betty and Judy both of N.B. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Murray was predeceased by his parents, Regina and Armand Fontaine, brother David (Mauriett), brother-in-law Laurie (Betty), brother-in-law Hank (Judy) and nephew Randy.
Murray spent his last year as a resident of Pioneer Ridge.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be arranged for family and friends at a later date.
If so desired, in lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
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