Eugene “Tiny” LaFontaine, Jr.

April 12th, 2020

Eugene P. LaFontaine, Jr., fondly known as “Tiny” to his family and friends passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2020, following a long battle with cancer.

Tiny was born on July 31, 1947, in Malden, MA; he was the dear son of the late Eugene and Barbara (Luce) LaFontaine. He was raised and educated in Malden school system while visiting his cousins in Woburn he met Sandra at the annual Halloween parade in1964.

Tiny married his “sweetheart” Sandra Balestrieri on November 18, 1966; the couple bought their home in the “Balestrieri compound” section in North Woburn where they raised their two boys Donald and Paul and were surrounded by a large and loving extended family.

Family was everything to Tiny and they had lots of fun together throughout the years. In his younger days, Tiny and Sandra, enjoyed going to “Bike Week” in Laconia with their cousins and friends. They enjoyed the open road and riding through the mountains of New Hampshire and looked forward to the comradery that they shared with their fellow bikers.

Tiny was known to thoroughly love the outdoors and heading up to the family trailer in New Hampshire. He was an avid fisherman, he loved boating, camping, driving everywhere and of course riding on his motorcycle. Tiny and Sandra shared their passions for the outdoors with their sons and then later on with their grandchildren. Tiny and Sandra, along with their family loved to travel and camp with their extended family and their many friends.

Tiny was a loving and devoted husband and father but he truly cherished his role as “Pa” to Jaidyn Lee, Kiley, Zachary and Mason; they had Tiny wrapped around their fingers for sure and he would do anything for those kids. Tiny was always available to drive them wherever they wanted to go, he took them camping, made campfires, took them shopping, out to dinner or whatever they wanted to do; he adored those kids.

Tiny also looked forward to celebrating special occasions, family milestones and holidays; he especially enjoyed the annual “Balestrieri” Christmas parties where everyone had a great time. Tiny, along with his family and friends made countless memories to be treasured and shared with generations to come.

Tiny worked hard to provide for his family; he was a heavy equipment mechanic and operator for the Northland Industrial Trucking Company for over 20 years. Tiny was a great asset to the company and he was well loved and respected by his co-workers. After his retirement his life was truly dedicated to his special girl Jaidyn Lee they were quite often seen at seen at Dunkin Donuts in North Woburn.

Tiny was always doing for others; more than twenty years ago he along with some buddies of his started a fishing club called American Eagle Bass Anglers. They spent many hours taking youth fishing and giving back to the community. Later the club got involved with New England Paralyzed Veterans of America and started the bass trail where they took veterans as well as any one with a disability out fishing. It was loved by all.

Tiny will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” who would do anything for anyone. He loved his family, friends and Country with all his heart. He also had a genuine love for animals; especially his family dogs that were his faithful companions. Tiny had a heart of gold and will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.

Tiny was the beloved husband of 54 years to Sandra (Balestrieri) LaFontaine, devoted father of Donald LaFontaine & his wife Christine of Londonderry, NH and Paul LaFontaine & his wife Lenor of Laconia, NH. Loving “Pa” of Jaidyn Lee, Kiley, Zachary and Mason. Dear brother of Michelle Hernandez & her husband Nelson, Jackie Colvin & her husband Pettie, Phillip LaFontaine & his wife Michelle and Danny LaFontaine all of California, Peter LaFontaine & his wife Sandy of Oklahoma and Renee LaFonatine & his wife Beverly of Colorado. Cherished Son-in-law of Doris Balestrieri of Woburn, special Uncle of Sharona Sylvester and her companion Garrett and son Levi as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Tiny is further survived by his large extended family and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tiny’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Due to the current health crisis with the Corona Virus and for the safety of everyone; the LaFontaine family has decided to do a private service at this time.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington. www.nicholsfuneralhome.


18 Entries in Guest Book for “Eugene “Tiny” LaFontaine, Jr.”

  1. Paul + Nicole Cook says:

    Sandy and the Boys
    Tiny was a true gentlemen. Always willing do do anything for others. He was always telling stories of great experiences he had with us guys in the Club and it was great fishing with him. A true outdoorsman, he had a vast knowledge of fishing and I was lucky enough to have learned a lot from him. I’ll miss him at our meetings and on the trail. My deepest condolences to you all and know you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tiny RIP, see you on the other side.

  2. Carol Deschenes says:

    Don and Christine, Sincere sympathies to all of your family.

  3. Jimbo McHugh says:

    Sandy and Family,
    Sandy so sorry to hear about Tiny’s passing. I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Elaine Mead says:

    Don and Christine and family, i am so very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing and for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family i am thinking of you at this difficult time

  5. WAYNE RIGG says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family

  6. Rose Ferrara says:

    Dear Don,Christine and family,
    May your Dad rest at peace. May you find peace in your memories of him.
    My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Sincere sympathy,

  7. Mark & Sue Gallagher says:

    Don, Christine, & family,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are in our thoughts & prayers. May memories of your Dad give you peace during this difficult time.
    Mark & Sue

  8. Pam Remon says:

    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. JOHN GRIFFIN says:

    Don , Christine, & family,

    so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  10. Janice Monto says:

    Don, Christine and Family,

    So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayer for you and your family during this difficult time.

  11. Alison Wackrow says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Pa’s passing. Please give Jaidyn a great big hug for me and let her know I’m thinking of her.
    With Sympathy,
    Alison Wackrow

  12. Joe Savoia says:

    Don, Paul and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. May Tiny rest in peace. God bless

  13. David Colclough & Lee-Ann Simard says:

    Don, Christine & Family,

    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    With Sympathy,
    Dave & Lee-Ann

  14. Jo-Ann Noyes says:

    LaFontaine family, so sorry for your loss. Tiny will be missed by so many, when I would see him at family gatherings, we always caught up. Keep the memories alive in your heart and he will always be with you.

  15. Peter lafontaine says:

    I’m truly going to miss my brother forever I remember the times me and him and Dad when out on the Lobster Boat I used to watch them scuba dive love you brother always in my heart forever and miss the times him and Sandy is to take me to the racetrack and go karts Donald Paul Sandy love and miss you guys very much like to come out and see you

  16. Phillip Lafonataine says:

    Thank you everyone for the wishes and prayers to our family in time of need. My only regret is that i wish i could had spent more time with them. I always thought i would have that time. sometimes we take time for granted. I will miss my brother as of the rest of us. He was just like Dad. work hard for what you want. your not going to get it for free. by doing just that, He was able to give so many people a better life as well as for Himself. He got to live life, love the family, love his Grand children and leave a positive mark in peoples lives.. No One could not ask for more.

  17. Michelle LaFontaine Hernandez says:

    Tiny this is so hard we should have had more time to be with you as a family ,But as you would say things happen in life that we do not expect , I wish you could have gotten to know your younger siblings more . I have precious memories of you and Sandy and I . Your so much like your parents very giving , Dad building commercial fishing boat scuba diving , the love of the ocean that mom was so scared of , He would give the shirt of his own back for any one in need of help . I’m glade you got to know your nephews . I will always cherish the time I got to go out with you to winnapasaki and meet and share stories with the vets and dancing with some . I got to see that great love of what you were doing and so proud of you. Sandy .Donald and Paul are Like you In their own ways , I shall miss you with all my hart . when I looked at our lake where we live it brings you to hart . I still love you more Ha Ha my words last . I hope one day to meet the special part of your hart Jaylynn You were so proud of her and would tell me about things you do together . I have so much more to say but can’t I love you and will miss you sooo much .

  18. Pete Bakas says:

    So sorry to read of Tinys passing.He serviced my fork trucks at GE in Lynn where I was a shop foreman.He was a very good mechanic and our daily talks were very memorable.A true gentleman and friend.Rest in peace ,till we meet again. Pete Bakas ,SrForeman, Ret.

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