Marie-Paule Lafontaine

Marie-Paule Lafontaine

Sunday, September 23rd, 1928 - Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
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Tribute to Marie-Paule Lafontaine (née Rochefort)
September 23, 1928 to November 4, 2020

There are no words that can adequately breathe life into this common newsprint that would serve to paint a portrait of the spectacular woman, mother, wife and friend who departed this earth. In her 92 years, you may have passed her on the street, or shared an elevator ride. Maybe you worked day to day in her detail driven productive work life or kicked up your heels as she hosted a dinner party. You may have been the beneficiary of her generous heart or educated and mentored through her by example. One thing is for certain – if you knew her, even a little, you would understand why her family ADORED her.

Marie-Paule was quiet in her greatness.

As a young woman, growing up in Quebec it was clear that she was ahead of her time. Liberal in her views, wise, industrious and creative, the perfect partner for Fred, a handsome young man from Lasarre and her husband of 65 years. Brought together in Toronto, our parents first meeting was providence. Separate, they are exceptional, together there is nothing they could not achieve. They built a business, created a loving family, and composed a symphonic life together.

Though we are sad now to be separated from her, we are filled with joy and a sense of privilege for having been chosen to weave our lives with hers, to call her ‘ours’.

We celebrate her strength, her resolve, her endless capacity for love and forgiveness. Every meal we prepare and savour has her guiding hand. Christmas magic, Birthday glee, Easter reverence and Wedding day bliss – all a part of our lives because of her tireless work to make every occasion uniquely special and memorable.

The twinkle of our classical piano, the joyful laughter, and the sweet and savory aromas filled our home and our lives.

Marie-Paule, we celebrate every moment of your life that you have graciously shared with ours. We will miss you and are comforted by the knowledge that we will once again be reunited.

Marie-Paule Lafontaine is survived by her loving husband and their six children, 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren with one on the way and by her two surviving brothers.

A celebration of life of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (Children Believe Fund) would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd. 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby, ON 905-655-3662

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
    Parroisse Assomption de Notre Dame
    384 Hillside Ave. Oshawa
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private Funeral Mass on Tuesday
    Fr. Lopez



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Dene Cousins

Posted at 01:14pm
Dear Josee: You always spoke of your Mother as the light of your life and, with your father, the unwavering foundation of a loving family. Thinking of you with great sorrow at your loss.
Dene Cousins

Monique Lafontaine

Posted at 02:22pm
Our sincerest condolences for your tremendous loss. Tante Marie-Paule was a remarkable person. Her love of family, creative talents and business acumen were an inspiration to so many. May she rest in peace. Monique Lafontaine & family

Patricia Lafontaine

Posted at 12:35pm
La vie noble... Marie-Paule held a noble heart in all aspects of her life. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I'm certain she is making a most fabulous meal for her Mom and Dad right now. How fortunate to have known her. My heartfelt thoughts are with you. Much love.

Janet Ho

Posted at 09:36am
My heartfelt condolences to the Lafontaine family.
Mrs. L will always have a place in my heart. She was gracious, loving and understanding and I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work alongside her for over 20 years. She has been an inspiration in my life.

Debbie Casquenette

Posted at 11:48pm
Our dear Mrs. L with her beautiful smile and warm embrace will be missed by everyone that knew her. Mrs. L always impressed me with her social graces and beautiful mannerisms! I will never forget her! I have nothing but fond memories of this fine lady! My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Lafontaine family at this difficult time.

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