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Joaquim (Jack) Fontinha

November 3, 1933 - April 22, 2016


Joaquim (Jack) Rosa Fontinha, born in Faro, Algarve, Portugal on November 3, 1933, died peacefully after a brief illness on April 22, 2016 in Oliver, B.C. at the age of 82.

Joaquim was predeceased by his parents: João Fontinha and Isabel Rosa do Carmo Fontinha. He is loved and will be remembered by: his wife, Maria Francisca, Oliver; his brother, Crisostimo Fontinha, sister Maria Madalena Pereira, and nephews and nieces in Algarve, Portugal; daughter Celia (Roger) Thomas, Oliver; sons Carlos (Christine) Fontinha and Walter (Lisa) Fontinha, Penticton; and grandchildren Daniel, Matthew (Charlotte), Lenae (Ben), Jordan, Kurtis, Rachel, Jodie, Jared and Sierra. 

Some of Joaquim's greatest joys were family occasions with children and grandchildren gathered around. He enjoyed visiting and playings cards with friends. He loved inventing or redesigning machinery for specialized purposes; it was fulfilling for him to make things stronger or better.

A welder by trade and orchardist by profession, Jack contributed to the economy of the South Okanagan for several decades. He was a long-time member of the Oliver Curling Club and also of the Portuguese Club in Oliver where he served terms as a director and president.

In the words of a family friend: He'll be remembered “as a good-humoured mechanical genius – a hard-working family guy…” 

A funeral mass will be officiated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 11:00 am Wednesday May 4, 2016 at Christ the King Catholic Church.Interment and committal will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. A reception in th echurch lower hall will follow the interment.

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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium. Oliver & Osoyoos.



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Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ann Foltyn
Relation: Went to school with his son Carlos

Carlos and family
Hi Carlos
Not sure if you will remember me but we went to school in Oliver. I spoke with your mom and sister at a funeral in Oliver not too long ago. could have been at my Uncle’s funeral.
Sorry to hear the passing of your father, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ann Foltyn (Nunes)

From: Ted and Kathy Malmberg
Relation: Friend

We are so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We enjoyed Jack’s gentle humor. He was one of the nicest men we have known. We enjoy memories of him as one of the famous members of the “Portuguese Connection” at the curling club. He will be missed.

From: Elizabete Blonk
Relation: friend

Deepest sympathy do Senhor Fontinha’s family ,What a nice man he was ,always a pleasure to speak with him REST IN PEACE

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 4, 2016
Beginning at 11:00am

Christ the King Catholic Church
6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada

A funeral mass will be officiated by Fr. Neil Lustado at 11:00 am Wednesday May 4, 2016 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment and committal will follow at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery. A reception in the church lower hall will follow the interment

6044 Spartan Street
Oliver, BC Canada

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