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.
He’ll best be remembered as a dedicated family man, who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He had a special bond with his grandsons, they being his pals, and he being their No.1 fan. He was a huge supporter and spectator at each of their activities, such as their sports, music and scouting events.
Sports had always been an important part of his life, both as player and spectator. Most recently, in his retirement, he participated in a bowling league, where he enjoyed the competition and companionship with friends.
Roland will be loved and missed by many for years to come.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and relatives are invited to call on Tuesday, November 19, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Salem, N.H. A funeral Mass is scheduled on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 a.m., at St. Matthew Parish, 2 Searles Road, Windham, N.H. Burial will be at the Elmwood Cemetery.
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