Joseph Harold LaFountain

Joseph Harold LaFountain, 77, of Tupper Lake, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake with loving family members by his side.

Born April 19, 1935, in Tupper Lake, he was the son of Eugene and Stella (Perry) LaFountain. He graduated from Holy Ghost Academy in 1954 and spent his life working for the community of Tupper Lake. As an employee of the Village of Tupper Lake, he will be fondly remembered by Tupper Lakers who frequented the ice rink. He later worked at Tupper Lake Central School from which he retired.

Harold “Beaver” was a police auxiliary member and a long-time member of the Tupper Lake Fire Department, Hose Company #3. He was an enthusiastic sports buff and a man who liked to gamble on a lottery ticket or two. Most of all, he will be remembered as a man who loved the town in which he lived.

He is survived by three sisters: Pearl Arnold, Helen “Skipper” Reandeau of Tupper Lake, and Arila “Elise” Morin and her husband Ben of Fort Mohave, Ariz.; and sister-in-law Geraldine LaFountain of Tupper Lake. He was pre-deceased by three brothers: Norman, an infant; Francis, who was killed in WWII; Roy who died in 2011; and one sister, Theresa Bushey who died in February 2000.

He is mourned by many nieces, nephews and great nephews who loved Uncle Harold dearly.

Calling hours are scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper lake. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Name Church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in May.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad and the Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at