William A. Fontes, 81, of East Falmouth, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Gladys M. (Teixeira) Fontes for 61 years. He was born in New Bedford the son of William K. and Mary (Pacheco) Fontes. Born in 1937 in New Bedford, MA and graduated from New Bedford High School in 1955 and from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 1964. William served in the National Guard from 1955 until 1962. In 1961, he was called to active duty to protect the country in the wake of the Berlin Crisis.
After residing in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, William's family settled in Ware, MA. With a work career in corporate finance, William was employed as a controller for US Steel and State Line Potato Chip Co. Outside of work, William was an active member of St. Anthony’s Church, the Portuguese American Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the Rotary Club of Ware, MA receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children: Christine Porell and her husband, Thomas, Garrett Fontes and his wife, Claire, and William and his wife, Nancy. He was also a loving grandfather to his eight grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth, Will, Caroline, Thomas, Manny, Maria, Peter, and was looking forward to meeting his ninth grandson to be born this fall.
Bill cherished being active in their lives, following their accomplishments and hosting family gatherings.
After retirement, William moved to Falmouth, spending winters in Fort Myers, FL. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, and spending time gardening, with his grandchildren outdoors teaching them to sail, fish, make arts and crafts, and digging for quahogs.
Throughout their lives, Bill and Gladys maintained their close personal relationships with friends. They continued their community service and enjoyed the personal relationships working with St. Anthony’s Church and the Portuguese American Club.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7pm on Monday, June 17th, at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth MA 02540. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, June 18th at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Hwy (Route 28), E. Falmouth. Burial will be privately held.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony's Parish of Falmouth and to St. Jude's Hospital.