NORTH ATTLEBORO - Valmore L. LaFontaine, 80, formerly of North Attleboro, died on Sunday. He was the husband of 37 years of the late Joyce Marie (Arnold) LaFontaine.
Born in Pawtucket on March 25, 1932, he was a son of the late Valmore L. and Blanche Mary (Gavlick) LaFontaine. Raised in South Attleboro, he was a graduate of St. Raphael Academy, College of Holy Cross and earned his Master's in Education from Providence College.
While at St. Raphael Academy, he excelled in sports and was a member of the academy's football squad as a left guard. He was selected as an All State player during the 1949 season.
He continued his football success at the College of Holy Cross where he was a member of the squad for four years.
Mr. LaFontaine taught and was the award-winning head football coach for St. Raphael Academy and later at Seekonk High School before becoming the Assistant Superintendent of Public Schools for the Town of Seekonk until his retirement in 1987.
Always an advocate for children, he treasured being able to coach and offer guidance and direction to the students over the years. His proudest moments were those spent advocating for them, individually and collectively, and took great pride in assisting them to gain acceptance into the institutions of higher education they selected. He leaves a legacy to inspire and help kids achieve their best.
Mr. LaFontaine subscribed to a mantra where athletics were the instruments and academics the inspirational source of the educational structure.
In 1992, Mr. LaFontaine was inducted into the Town of Seekonk Athletic Hall of Fame.
He leaves three children: Donna M. LaFontaine, MD of Women and Infants Hospital in Providence and her husband, Colonel John Packhem of the Rhode Island National Guard, of Cumberland; Jeanne L. Hebert and her husband, Carl J. Hebert, of North Attleboro, MA and David J. LaFontaine and his wife, Diane (Ravinski) LaFontaine, of Sutton, MA; eight grandchildren: Kaitlyn E. Hebert of South Boston; Madison E. Hebert and Carl J. Hebert both of North Attleboro, MA; Katherine M. Packhem and Jack V. Packhem both of Cumberland and Samantha N. LaFontaine, Jacob D. LaFontaine and Margaret J. LaFontaine all of Sutton, MA; his siblings: Barbara Habershaw of Attleboro, MA; Kathleen Lyons of Sarasota, FL; Elaine LeComte of Falmouth, MA; Jacqueline Hutchinson of Duxbury, MA and Carol Ann Murphy of Norwell, MA; his companion: Doris Kusiak and her family of Seekonk, MA and several nieces, nephews, extended relatives and dear friends representing all phases of his life.
He was the brother of the late Joseph LaFontaine.
Visitation has been respectfully omitted.
Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 10:30 AM at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 105 Stanley Street (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, turn right onto Stanley Street in mile and travel to end of Stanley Street), Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Burial will be private.
A time of continued fellowship and refreshments to follow at the Red Stone Grill, North Attleboro.
Please do not send flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. LaFontaine's name and in honor of his life devoted to education may be made to the Joyce and Valmore LaFontaine Scholarship Fund, c/o the North Attleboro Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 926, North Attleboro, MA 02761-0926.
And so, as he concluded countless motivational speeches over the years.
"Hit, Hit, Hit, Never Quit!"