Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
Troy Howard Fontaine
July 20th, 1968- July 29th, 2019
It is with broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of Troy Howard Fontaine, Standing Strong Buffalo Man at home, surrounded by his wife and children. Troy’s spirit will live on in his best friend and wife Heather (nee Ramsay); his children Josephine, Ella and Robert; his mother Aline (Fenez) and his siblings Debbie (Chris), Craig (Joanne), Dan (Liza), nieces and nephews, family, friends and his Turtle Lodge ceremonial family. He was predeceased by his father Howard in October 2018. We are broken hearted but have comfort in knowing that no one would be happier and more at home in the Spirit World than Troy.
Troy was a kind, humble and funny man. He loved to joke and tease, listen to music, cook and bake and be at home with his family. He was a wonderful husband and father and so proud of the life that he and Heather had created together. Troy loved to be outside and was deeply connected to the Earth. He was a gifted artist, creating many soapstone, antler and snow carvings. He was proud of his culture and walked a traditional path. He dedicated himself to helping children and youth teaching them the traditional ways. Troy was and will remain in spirit and integral part of the Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng. He was happiest walking through the bush, picking medicine, fishing, swimming at Sioux Narrows with his family and in ceremonies.
Troy worked at Knowles Centre for many years as a Cultural Care Coordinator leaving this past fall for the opportunity to work at the Giigewigamig Healing Lodge in Pine Falls Hospital. He was grateful to be able to use his gifts and knowledge to help bring spirit into a place of healing.
A service will be held Tuesday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Gilbart Funeral Home in Selkirk. Flowers are gratefully declined but should friends desire contributions in support of his children may be directed to “Fontaine Family Trust” at Cambrian Credit Unions.
The family wishes to express our gratitude to the paramedics, 911 operator and RCMP who attended to Troy with compassion, respect and kindness. We are forever grateful to our family, friends, our community, our Turtle Lodge family and Fire Keepers for the outpouring of love, support and ceremonies to honour Troy.