Salem, NH — Roland “Mickey” R. Lafontaine passed away at Methuen Health & Rehabilitation Center on November 13, 2013, after a courageous battle against kidney disease. He was born in Lowell, Mass., on New Year’s Day in 1933, to the late Napoleon “George” and Mary (Goulet) Lafontaine.
He was predeceased in 2006 by his loving wife, Joan A. (Michaud), with whom he shared over 51 happy years of marriage. He is survived by his only daughter, Jo-Ann Houde and her husband, Michael, of Windham, N.H.; and his two grandsons, Nathaniel and Christopher, who were his best pals. The youngest of six children, Roland is also survived by his sister, Pearl Rivard. He also leaves behind several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, as well as many nieces and nephews, to whom he was known as "Uncle Mickey." He was a brother of the late Raymond and Harvey Lafontaine, Rita Bergeron and Doris Anderson.
He grew up in Lowell and attended schools there, graduating from Lowell Trade High School in 1951. He was an active student athlete, serving as captain of his basketball team, and proudly earning a baseball championship his senior year.
After graduating from high school, Roland enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in French Morocco during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1956 as Airman 1st Class.
In 1944, Roland retired from Purity Supreme supermarkets, after over 25 years of service in management. Prior to that, he had also been employed by Western Electric and the Lowell Sun, and he had also operated a service station in Lawrence with his brother-in-law, Charles Beaulieu.
In his spare time, Roland enjoyed traveling, gardening and puttering around in the yard, especially tending to his tomato plants. He also enjoyed cooking and baking, as he was a man who “lived to eat.” He always looked forward to sharing a good meal with family and friends.