William R. Fontaine

Date of Passing:

November 18, 2023

Fontaine, William R., 84, of Beverly Road, Riverside, died peacefully on November 18, 2023 at The Evergreen Health Center, East Providence. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Zinni) Fontaine.

Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Henry and Beatrice (LaCourse) Fontaine, he lived in Riverside for 50 years.

Mr. Fontaine was a Crane Operator in Metals Processing for many years. He also worked for the City of Cranston Highway Department.

William was a communicant of St. Luke’s Church. He was a wonderful neighbor who always offered to help others.

Mr. Fontaine was a United States Army Veteran.

Besides his wife of 63 years, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Henderson of Titusville, FL; a son, William Nicholas Fontaine of Exeter; four grandchildren, Samantha Hall, William Henderson, Noah Fontaine and Alex Fontaine and five great-grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday December 2, 2023 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.

Online Condolences


  1. My sincere and deepest sympathy to you and your family. My late husband absolutely adored the friendship he had with Bill. My thoughts are with you. Sending love.

  2. Prayer Services will be held on December 2 at 2P.M.

  3. To Lisa and family; I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.
    Sending my sincere condolences.

    Nancy Cummings

  4. To Barbara and family, my sincere condolences for your loss. I always looked forward to his office visits. All of us will surely miss him. Tom Antonian

  5. I am so sorry for your loss…He was am amazing man and I enjoyed any time I got to see him.

  6. My deepest condolences to the Fontaine family

  7. Had many morning coffee time with Bill and enjoyed his company and nostalgia conversations. I will miss his company and friendship: Al Norcini.

  8. Always a cheerful welcome. Always funny story. I am sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Thinking of you in prayer.

  9. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I knew him for many years in Riverside. Enjoyed his company. He shall be missed.

  10. I first met Bill when I worked at Jacks Gulf back in 1967. Over the years my wife and I would see him during our walks and stop for a chat. We last talked to him a few months ago going down the Street on his scooter. He would give my dog a treat from his basket.

    Bill was a good man. May you rest in peace my friend

  11. I am so sorry to learn of Bills passing! He was a wonderful gentle man. He will be missed.

  12. His smiles, stories and willful presence will be much missed. Losing a icon, as him, is a loss for all.
    Sorry his path has decided to move along.
    Mourning for all whom loved him.

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