In Memoriam: Roland E. Fontaine
Roland E. Fontaine
Born in Massachusetts on Jan. 11, 1931
Departed on Jul. 27, 2010 and resided in Winchester, VA.
Visitation: Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010
Service: Monday, Aug. 2, 2010
Cemetery: Flint Hill Cemetery
Roland E. Fontaine, of Winchester, VA formerly of Southbridge, MA, died at Winchester Medical Center. Loving husband of the late Olga Bauckman Fontaine; devoted father of Deborah Fontaine Jensen (Gary), Roland Fontaine, Jr., and Michael Fontaine (Ann); cherished grandfather of Wesley, Christopher and Kyle Fontaine, Jeremy and Jennifer Huston and Justin Strenth.
He is also survived by 2 great-grandchildren Rylee and Cameron Huston.
This Memorial Obituary provided by Money & King Funeral Home
Birthday Time Line ...
[of Rol and others]
Roland E. Fontaine, a long-time friend [since the 60s] and former Marine that served about the same time as the Ol'Kunnel was in the Air Force [circa 1950s]. It was a great day when the Kunnel's Lady introduced him to me. Such long time friends are truely gold; and, we have had some glorious adventures, eh? Happy birthday, Rol!
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
~From a headstone in Ireland
My friend Rol died July 27, 2010. He would have been 80 on that day.
Shown with his late wife of 48 years. Olga was the mother of Roland Fontaine, Jr. and Michael Fontaine; step-mother of Debbie (Gary) Jensen; grandmother of Wesley, Christopher, and Kyle Fontaine and Jeremy, Jennifer, and Justin Jensen.
Rol with his daughter Debbie Jensen [seated] and sons, Roland Fontaine, Jr. [standing right to left] and Michael Fontaine.
In 1946, Naomi Judd, country singer who is half of the legendary mother-daughter duo known as “The Judds.” It was Naomi who knocked on doors all around Nashville looking for a record label that would sign her and daughter, Wynonna. The Judds were finally signed to RCA in the early 80s, and in 1985, they won their first Grammy Award. Naomi and Wynonna went on to become Grammy favorites, winning again in 1988 for "Give a Little Love," and in 1991 for "Love Can Build a Bridge." Naomi’s flawless face, flashy costumes and magnetic personality won over audiences across the globe, and when she took to the stage with her daughter, all eyes were on Mama. When Naomi stopped touring due to a chronic illness, Wynonna launched a solo career and her youngest daughter, Ashley, became one of the hottest stars in Hollywood. Naomi has since released a best-selling autobiography, cookbook and children’s book.
In 1974, the first sextuplets known to survive were born to Sue Rosenkowitz in Cape Town, South Africa.
Life Time Line ...
[of Rol and others]
In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
In 1956, No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Memories Are Made of This," Dean Martin.
World At War
World War II, which had begun in Europe on September 1, 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, ended six years later to the day, September 1, 1945. The final concluding ceremony came the following day, September 2, 1945, with the signing of surrender papers by representatives of Japan, Nazi Germany's Axis partner in the Far East.
In 1942, Kuala Lumpur fell to the Japanese in World War II.
In 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
In 1944, the first US use of forward-firing rockets is made by Navy TBF-1C Avenger crews against a German submarine.
In 1945, Captain William A. Shomo sets the AAF all time record of seven enemy air victories in a single engagement.
Headline: Truce signed in Greek Civil War
Fighting in the civil war stops when a political truce is signed between the British-backed Democratic National Army and the communist rebel National Liberation Front.
In 1958, "Seahunt" debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.
In 1962, over 3,000 people were killed in a landslide in Huascaran, Peru.
In 1963, America's first disco, the Whisky A-go-go opens in Los Angeles.
In 1964, Surgeon General first reports that cigarettes are "a definite health hazard."
"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash becomes the first country album to top the U.S. pop album chart.
In 1973, designated hitter rule inaugurated in American League baseball.
In 1975, Soyuz 17 is launched.
In 1977, No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," Leo Sayer.
France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
In 1978, two Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule linked up with the Salyut Six orbiting space station, where the Soyuz 26 capsule was already docked.
In 1980, Nigel Short, age 14, from Bolton in Britain, became the youngest International Master in the history of chess.
Chinook winds warmed an Arctic air mass over Great Falls, Montana, raising the temperature from -32 degrees Fahrenheit to 15 degrees Fahrenheit in 7 minutes.
In 1981, a three-man British team led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes completed the longest and fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days and 2,500 miles.
In 1988, Vice President George Bush met with representative of independent counsel, Lawrence E. Walsh, to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair.
"So Emotional" becomes the sixth consecutive No. 1 hit for Whitney Houston, following ``Saving All My Love For You,'' ``How Will I Know,'' ``The Greatest Love of All,'' ``I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)'' and ``Didn't We Almost Have It All.''
In 1990, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev visited Lithuania, where he sought to assure supporters of independence that they would have a say in their republic's future.
In 1991, an auction of silver and paintings that had been acquired by the late Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, brought in a total of $20.29 million at Christie's in New York.
In 1994, the Irish government announced the end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm Sinn Fein.
In 1995, President Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama held a low-key summit in Washington, playing down differences over trade.
A 9-year-old girl survived a Colombian airliner crash that killed the other 52 people aboard near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena.
Michael Jackson releases a statement saying, "I will no longer stand by and watch reckless members of the media try to destroy my reputation." The statement was prompted by unsubstantiated rumors of a video depicting Jackson fooling around with a young boy.
In 1996, Ryutaro Hashimoto become Japan's prime minister. He replaced Tomiichi Murayama who had resigned on 5, 1996.
In 1997, President Clinton summoned top administration officials to a daylong planning session for his second term.
In 1999, President Clinton and House Republicans clashed in impeachment trial papers, with the White House claiming the perjury and obstruction allegations fell short of high crimes and misdemeanors and GOP lawmakers rebutting: "If this is not enough, what is?"
Lena Horne, 81, renews her recording contract with Blue Note Records. Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall announces the renewal at a 60th anniversary celebration for the label at the Blue Note club in New York.
In 2000, the merger between AOL and Time Warner was approved by the U.S. government with restrictions.
The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at The Wall.
Chart-topping R&B vocalist Whitney Houston is caught with more than a half-ounce of marijuana at Keahole-Kona International Airport in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The drugs are discovered in Houston's handbag during a search at the airport's security checkpoint. Although the bag is taken and security personnel attempt to detain her, Houston simply walks off and boards a United Airlines flight to San Francisco.
In 2001, Congressionally mandated Space Commission recommends significant organizational realignments and increased responsibilities for the Air Force.
In 2002, the first planeload of al-Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at a U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo, Cuba.
In 2005, President Bush chose federal appeals court judge Michael Chertoff to be his new Homeland Security chief, turning to a former federal prosecutor who helped craft the early war on terror strategy.In 2006, Japanese emergency services workers continued efforts to reach 500 people cut off by record snowfall in the Nagano and Niigata prefectures. Since early December, unusually heavy snow has blanketed Japan and caused 72 deaths. A record 155 inches of snow has fallen on Tsunan, breaking the 1996 record of 119 inches. The heavy snow has affected about 900 municipalities in Japan.
A Georgian court convicted a man of trying to assassinate President Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvilli with a grenade in Tbillisi on May 10, 2005, and sentenced him to life in prison.
Gunmen stormed an offshore oil platform run by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria and seized the workers, an American, a Briton, a Bulgarian and a Honduran. [The four were freed nearly three weeks later.]
Sir Edmund Hillary, 1956. (credit: UPI)(born July 20, 1919, Auckland, N.Z.) New Zealand mountain climber and explorer. Hillary was a professional beekeeper but enjoyed climbing in the New Zealand Alps. In 1951 he joined a New Zealand party to the central Himalayas and then went on to help in a reconnaissance of the southern flank of Everest. In 1953, as a member of the British Everest expedition, he and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit on May 29, becoming the first known climbers to do so. The achievement brought Hillary worldwide fame and he was knighted that same year. In 1958 he participated in the first crossing of Antarctica by vehicle. From the 1960s he has helped build schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. R.I.P.
[The Ol'Kunnel salutes this 'Kiwi' as a prime example of a New Zealander's resiliency.]
In 2010, Headline: Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank, dies at 100
Miep Gies, the last survivor of a small group of people who helped hide a Jewish girl, Anne Frank, and her family from the Nazis during World War II, dies at age 100 in the Netherlands. After the Franks were discovered in 1944 and sent to concentration camps, Gies rescued the notebooks that Anne Frank left behind describing her two years in hiding. These writings were later published as “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” which became one of the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust.
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